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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 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.


October 15, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Majority of Moyne Shire candidates against future wind projects in local government area

The majority of Moyne Shire candidates are against more wind farm development in the shire, but some say with better planning they'd support further proposals. The Standard asked the 16 Moyne Shire candidates what their positions were on future wind farm projects, with seven candidates saying there were against future wind farms receiving state-issued planning permits. Five candidates supported the council's current position to oppose more wind farms in the shire unless state planning authorities enforce seven recommendations made by . . . Complete story »


October 11, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Win for ‘battlers’ in wind farm fight

Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien is chalking up a victory for Alberton residents opposed to a planned wind farm as a win for “the battlers”. Mr O’Brien was commenting after the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) ruled that the wind farm’s proponent Synergy Wind had breached planning guidelines in its application and overturned the Minister for Planning’s decision in December 2019 to green light the project. “This is a great victory for the battler. A large and determined . . . Complete story »


October 8, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Residents overturn wind farm planning permit at VCAT

Alberton residents have overturned a planning permit in their battle against the proposed Alberton wind farm. The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal ruled that the wind farm’s proponent, Synergy Wind, had breached planning guidelines in its application, and overturned the Planning Minister’s decision from December last year to approve a planning permit. VCAT found Synergy Wind failed to properly account for three dwellings within the footprint of the windfarm – all of which were less than one kilometre from a . . . Complete story »


October 7, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Dundonnell wind farm stops production after blade falls off turbine

More problems have emerged at the massive new Dundonnell wind farm in Victoria, which has stopped production after a blade fell off one of the project’s 80 newly installed Vestas turbines. The incident on October 5 – which occurred around 7.30pm on Monday night on a turbine that was operating at the time – quickly brought production at all turbines at the Dundonnell wind farm to a halt. The facility has been operating at less than half of its rated . . . Complete story »


October 6, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Blade falls from Dundonnell Wind Farm turbine, launching investigation

A blade has fallen from a south-west wind farm, launching an investigation to determine exactly how the dangerous incident occurred. Tilt Renewables chief executive officer Deion Campbell said the blade fell from a turbine hub at the Dundonnell Wind Farm on Monday. "There were no injuries caused by the incident and there is no damage to any other property or wind turbines to report," Mr Campbell said. The blade fell around 8.30pm and the company has since removed all turbines . . . Complete story »


September 18, 2020 • Australia, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

NSW windfarm fined for breaching environmental conditions

Fines totalling $26,640 have been issued to a NSW windfarm for failing to meet environmental approval conditions. On 14 August 2020, CRWF Nominees Pty Ltd (Crudine Ridge Windfarm) was issued two infringement notices by the department for failing to meet conditions 1b and 1c of their approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act). The first infringement was issued to the approval holder for not advising the department of modifications made to the NSW state . . . Complete story »


September 16, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Hundreds of bird, bat carcasses detected at Morton’s Lane Wind Farm

Hundreds of bird and bat carcasses, including five wedge-tailed eagles, have been detected at a south-west wind farm in the past three years. The Morton's Lane Wind Farm is located in the north-west corner of Moyne and comprises six turbines in Moyne Shire and seven in Southern Grampians. Since 2015, the operator of the wind farm CGN Energy was required to prepare a Bat and Avifauna Management Plan (BAMP) in consultation with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning . . . Complete story »


September 9, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial Nundle wind farm shrinks, but will community fund follow?

The Nundle Wind Farm has shrunk, with just 70 turbines now proposed to be constructed outside the small tourism-dependent town. It's the second downgrade of scope for the controversial Hills of Gold Wind Farm Project in 2020, with an initial 98-turbine scheme dropping to 78 in April. Megan Trousdale, President of the Nundle Business Tourism and Marketing Group Inc, said the cuts were announced at last week's community consultative committee for the project. "I expect that the number of turbines . . . Complete story »


September 9, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm complaints continue to dwindle, latest annual report shows

Community concerns about the impacts of wind farms continue to dwindle, with just five complaints about operational turbines registered by the Office of the Wind Farm Commissioner in 2019. According to the latest annual report by Commissioner Andrew Dyer, obtained by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, his office received 75 complaints overall last year even as the industry continued to expand. Of those, 44 related to 23 proposed wind farms and five for operating plants, with the latter . . . Complete story »


September 1, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

War of signs over Nundle Wind Farm project escalates, as profane act of vandalism condemned by both sides

A war of signs between supporters and opponents of a wind farm project outside a small community has escalated, with a corflute found profanely vandalised on the weekend. Both sides of the debate over the Nundle Hills of Gold Wind Farm Project have condemned the act of vandalism. Supporter Sue Robinson said as many as 70 residents have put up 80 yard signs around the small town in the last few months, to show their support for the project. Five . . . Complete story »


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