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Wind Power News: Australia


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

April 19, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Unrest continues at Stanley over Western Plains windfarm, anti-windfarm signs

Community division over a proposed windfarm is continuing in Stanley, with a development application lodged for the right for 31 properties to host anti-windfarm signage. The application, which made up more than 240 pages of the upcoming council meeting agenda – including community responses – would see the installation of signs in opposition to a proposed 12-turbine windfarm about five kilometres from Stanley. Fifteen properties included are in the local heritage precinct, with the permit lodged by vocal opposition group . . . Complete story »

April 12, 2022 • Australia, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm noise may be a nuisance – but compliance remains a critical issue

The Victorian Supreme Court has found that intermittent noise from Bald Hills Wind Farm at night was a nuisance, and awarded damages, aggravated damages in light of the past management of the complaints, and an injunction (stayed for 3 months) to prevent further noise nuisance. The case is significant in confirming that intermittent noise may be a nuisance even if compliant with the regulatory regime, although the specific permit conditions for Bald Hills and different regulations that now apply to . . . Complete story »

April 7, 2022 • Australia, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

When is a noise limit not a noise limit?

In a landmark ruling, the Victorian Supreme Court has held that noise emitted from the Bald Hills Wind Farm constituted a nuisance to its neighbours, even if those emissions had been found to comply with the conditions in its planning permit. Further, and of cause for concern and uncertainty for the industry is the finding that newer, more conservative noise limits imposed in newer wind farm permits were a better indicator of what is a reasonable standard for judging whether . . . Complete story »

April 1, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Ryan Corner wind farm construction imminent as GPG meets with locals in Port Fairy

Energy company Global Power Generation has held a community engagement session in Port Fairy as it gears up for construction on the Ryan Corner wind farm. The Victorian Minister for Planning granted an amended planning permit for the wind farm earlier this month, and the “pre-construction open day” was an opportunity for members of the public to clarify the final details. A spokeswoman for GPG said a number of the different contractors working on the project were there to answer . . . Complete story »

March 30, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Delburn wind farm gets the green light despite fire risk concerns

The Victorian planning minister has approved a 33-turbine wind farm in the state’s south-east despite community concerns it may pose a fire risk. Osmi Australia will start building the wind farm next year among pine tree plantations near Delburn in the Strezlecki ranges, which borders three Gippsland shires. Over 12 days in late 2021 a planning panel heard from the company, community, and environmental groups about the potential effects of the farm, but an Environmental Effects Statement was not prepared. . . . Complete story »

March 30, 2022 • Australia, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Victorian wind farm ordered to pay damages and curb night noise nuisance – Implications for wind farms in Australia

OVERVIEW On 25 March 2022 the Victorian Supreme Court issued its long awaited judgment in the ongoing Bald Hills Wind Farm nuisance proceedings in Uren v Bald Hills Wind Farm Pty Ltd [2022] VSC 145. Justice Richards held that operational noise the Bald Hills Wind Farm was causing a nuisance to two local residents at night time and ordered the operator of the Bald Hills Wind Farm to: stop causing nuisance from wind turbine noise at night and implement noise abatement measures to . . . Complete story »

March 30, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Serrated wind blades spark calls for wildlife protection tech

Tablelands conservationists are horrified that the $370m Kaban wind farm will have serrated blades on its 28 turbines. A spokeswoman for French renewable energy giant Neoen, which owns the wind farm under construction near Ravenshoe, confirmed the blades were serrated. “The blades currently being installed at Kaban have serrations on the back side of the blade to minimise noise for the benefit of the local community and surrounding fauna,” the spokeswoman said. Rainforest Reserves Australia spokeswoman Carolyn Emms called on . . . Complete story »

March 28, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Stanley wind farm opposers boosted by Victorian Supreme Court case

A landmark decision in the Victorian Supreme Court may have significant legal ramifications on this side of the Strait. “That’s the hope of protest group Respect Stanley Peninsula – No Wind Turbines Inc., an organisation formed in opposition to an energy giants’ plans to place 12 turbines about four kilometres from Stanley. However, the developer, Sydney-based energy company Epuron, is undeterred.” The decision on Friday was in favour of two Gippsland farmers who complained the noise generated by the nearby . . . Complete story »

March 25, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Farmers win wind farm battle, court rules turbines too noisy

Victoria’s Supreme Court has ruled in favour of two Gippsland farmers who say a neighbouring wind farm has emitted unreasonable noise at their properties since 2015, in what their lawyer says is a first in Australia. John Zakula and Noel Uren fought the Bald Hills Wind Farm for years in councils and courts, raising concern about the noise the turbines made near their homes in Tarwin Lower, about 170 kilometres south-east of Melbourne. On Friday, Justice Melinda Richards ordered the . . . Complete story »

March 25, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Bald Hills Wind Farm ordered to stop emitting night-time noise, pay neighbours damages in landmark ruling

A Victorian court has ordered a wind farm in the state’s south east to stop emitting noise at night in a momentous court decision. The Victorian Supreme Court today found the noise from the Bald Hills Wind Farm at Tarwin Lower created a nuisance to its neighbours ordering damages and an injunction. John Zakula and Noel Uren took civil action against the wind farm last year, telling the court that “roaring” intermittent noise from the wind turbines caused health problems . . . Complete story »

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