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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


July 12, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Hawkesdale region farmers raise concerns about proposed Western District wind farms

Encircled by operating or proposed wind farms, Simon Cozens says his once-tranquil property sounds like it’s in the middle of a “mechanical ocean”. That’s the way he describes the noise created by turbines at Macarthur Wind Farm – and farmers across his region are concerned the cacophony will grow louder. Residents in the Hawkesdale-Woolsthorpe region, northwest of Warrnambool, raised concerns last week with the National Wind Farm Commissioner about the number of turbines planned for the region. If all permits are . . . Complete story »


July 9, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm neighbour payments called “hush money”

Hawkesdale farmer Robert McCosh calls it “hush money”. Wind energy advocates call it spreading the benefits of wind farms further among local communities. What they are talking about is the neighbour agreements offered by the proponent of the 26-turbine Hawkesdale wind farm to landholders adjacent to the turbines. Mr McCosh said the neighbour agreements were further heightening tensions between those willing to take money from the wind farms and those who weren’t. He has been offered $8500 a year plus . . . Complete story »


July 5, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Hawkesdale frustrated over input on wind farms

A proposed Western Victorian wind farm is likely to have to turn off many of its turbines at certain wind speeds and directions after they were found to be at risk of not complying with noise limits. National Wind Farm Commissioner Andrew Dyer revealed the situation after the merits of noise tests on wind farms were questioned at a Hawkesdale community meeting on Wednesday. Concern was expressed at the meeting that wind farm developers had appointed their own acousticians to . . . Complete story »


July 4, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Hawkesdale meeting blows against more wind farms

Government officials were left in no doubt about strong opposition to wind farms planned for Hawkesdale and surrounding areas after a community meeting in the town on Wednesday. Officials from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the National Wind Farm Commissioner Andrew Dyer were peppered with hostile questions from the crowd of about 110 people. The crowd included people with long-standing concerns about wind farms beyond the Hawkesdale and surrounding area where nearly 200 more are . . . Complete story »


July 2, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Tension rises on Willatook wind farm

Heightened tensions over wind farms are likely to be on display at a meeting in Hawkesdale on Wednesday after landholders who might host wind turbines have been threatened with legal action. The 4pm meeting at the Hawkesdale hall has not been promoted as a protest meeting but a Willatook Wind Farm Action Group spokesman said he expected concern would be expressed about the high number of wind farms planned for Hawkesdale and surrounding areas. Divisions over the proposed Willatook wind . . . Complete story »


July 2, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Leaders fear ‘spider web’ of wind farm transmission lines

The region will become home to a “spider web of transmission lines” unless more is done to change wind farm planning laws, south-west leaders fear. The power lines, which can measure up to 27 metres high and about 1.5 metres wide, are already in place to connect the Salt Creek wind farm, north of Mortlake, with the grid at Terang. With more wind farms on the way, councils and landholders fear duplication of these lines will create a blight on . . . Complete story »


June 29, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Council votes against new wind turbines for Yass Valley

Yass Valley Council on Wednesday night voted against new industrial wind farms being built in its region. And while local government is in many instances powerless when it comes to deciding whether or not wind power stations are approved, it can recommend to the state government that it does not want them. Many of the wind power stations being proposed across NSW are so large as to qualify as projects of state significance, meaning planning decisions are taken out of . . . Complete story »


June 28, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Crystal Brook Energy Farm hits turbulence

Councillors will again voice their opposition to a multi-million-dollar energy park planned for Crystal Brook. It is the second time Port Pirie Regional Council has objected to the plan by Neoen Energy. In May last year, the council voted to “actively oppose” the project in line with its development policy for the zone. The energy park would see wind towers installed at the southern edge of the Flinders Ranges around Crystal Brook and Beetaloo Valley. The council’s 2013 Development Plan . . . Complete story »


June 22, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm could stifle development in Hawkesdale

John Bos has seen Hawkesdale decline over the years and reckons the wind farm planned for the town’s outskirts will further stifle development. Mr Bos, who has lived in Hawkesdale for 25 years, said having wind turbines only one kilometre from Warwillah Road on the town’s southern outskirts was likely to block any effort to expand the town’s boundaries back to their original location at Warwillah Road. He said people were unlikely to build a home close to the 180-metre . . . Complete story »


June 18, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm threat to iconic Aussie bird

A well-known species of Australian bird could stand in the way of a massive wind farm planned for a site near Geelong. WestWind Energy is proposing to build a 228-wind turbine facility on land at Rokewood, about 60km north-west of Geelong. The company estimates 25 brolgas could be lost over the 25-year life of the wind farm, and is planning to restore three wetlands used by the birds near the farm. However it is not saying how much it will . . . Complete story »


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