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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.


November 28, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

The environmental price of building new wind farms

South Korean–owned Ark Energy says it is confident its controversial $1 billion Chalumbin wind farm, adjacent to World Heritage-protected rainforests in North Queensland, will be given final approval by the Commonwealth. In what is expected to be the first of several renewables projects challenged by environmentalists, Ark Energy has significantly scaled back the project from 200 turbines to 86 turbines to appease local concerns and to win the backing of federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek. But local environmental groups said . . . Complete story »


November 21, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm rejected over threat to koalas gets green light for new design

In late 2021, Epuron put in a revised development application for the wind farm, with a redesign of the project’s layout, a reduction in the number of turbines from 81 to 55 and an increase in total generation capacity to around 341MW. Complete story »


November 18, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Latrobe Valley pine plantation wind farm confirms Supreme Court challenge

State government approvals for a 33-turbine, 200MW wind farm proposed for construction within a pine plantation in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley are being challenged in court, the project’s developer has confirmed. In a project update this week, Osmi Australia says the Victorian planning minister’s March approval of the Delburn wind farm planning permit applications will be challenged in the Supreme Court next year by a group called the Strzelecki Community Alliance. According to its website, the Strzelecki Community Alliance is a . . . Complete story »


October 7, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

WA wind turbine collapse linked to a crack in the steel tower

A wind turbine collapse that caused the temporary shut down of the 89MW Walkaway wind farm in Western Australia looks to have been caused by a crack in the tower. Iberdrola Australia – the owner of the 54-turbine wind farm, which has been in operation since 2006 – reported the incident in mid-June, in which a turbine tower buckled in half and fell into a canola field. At the time, the wind farm – also known as the Alinta wind . . . Complete story »


September 30, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Moyne Shire councillors worried about number of dead bats at wind farm

Councillors say they are worried about the number of dead bats being found at a wind farm in the north-east corner of Moyne Shire. The issue arose as councillors reviewed the second-year report of the Bat and Avifauna Management (BAM) Plan for the Salt Creek Wind Farm at the September council meeting. The report showed 67 bat carcasses had been found during the wind farm’s second year of operation. Council energy project manager Michelle Grainger said that was an increase . . . Complete story »


September 15, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Moyne Shire Council to harden stance against new wind farms

Moyne Shire Council is on track to harden its stance against new wind farms at its September monthly meeting. After extensive feedback from ratepayers, council officers have advised stronger wording for Moyne’s wind farm “position statement”. “Moyne Shire Council strongly recommends the state government pause the issuing of all wind farm planning permits in the shire until strategic land use planning in the South West Renewable Energy Zone is completed in consultation with Moyne and other affected councils and communities,” . . . Complete story »


August 26, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm rate arrangements benefiting some councils, but not others in Tasmania

In the remote north-east corner of Tasmania, where the “roaring forties” batter picturesque coastlines, dozens of colossal wind turbines power not just the grid but the local garbage service. Dorset mayor Greg Howard said the Musselroe Bay Wind Farm was the municipality’s biggest ratepayer, helping fund local services from roads to recreation. “It’s been a huge benefit,” he said. “We still have a reasonably small rate base but a large road network and a large bridge network, which needs to . . . Complete story »


August 20, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm planning may change for wildlife safety

The way wind farms are planned may change due to the impact on bird species. The Weekend Australian says wind farms are still being developed in clusters with small proximity between each turbine, without consideration for wildlife. It is backed by Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek, who says this is an issue she will tackle when updating Australia’s environmental laws. [Video at source.] Complete story »


August 19, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Hawkesdale residents’ bid to stop wind farm project denied by Victorian Court of Appeal

A group of residents’ final bid to stop a wind farm near Hawkesdale in south-west Victoria has been rejected by the Victorian Court of Appeal. The People of the Small Town of Hawkesdale Incorporated had sought to appeal the Supreme Court’s decision last August to dismiss its legal challenge to the extension of the project’s planning permit. The proposal outlined the construction of up to 26 wind turbines with a total output of 97 megawatts, up to a height of . . . Complete story »


August 18, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Hawkesdale appeal against wind farm permit dismissed in Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal

A group of Hawkesdale residents attempting to stop the construction of a neighbouring wind farm has had its latest appeal crushed in the Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal. The case revolved around the Victorian planning minister extending a planning permit for the proposed Hawkesdale Wind Farm in November 2020, with the group The People of the Small Town of Hawkesdale Inc arguing the extension was invalid. In August 2021 Supreme Court Justice Melinda Richards found the group did not have . . . Complete story »


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