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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.


September 19, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Biased state government disregarding’ communities on wind farms

The “pro-renewable energy state government”has been urged to consider the proposed Mount Fyans wind farm with an unbiased eye. Moyne Shire long-serving councillor and former mayor Jim Doukas said that on environmental and planning grounds the Mount Fyans project would never be built. It’s the fifth proposed wind farm in the Mortlake district as foreign-owned companies scramble to plug into the energy supply grid. Almost 500 people attended a public meeting on Monday night in Mortlake with the overwhelming majority . . . Complete story »


September 18, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Huge meeting rejects proposed Mount Fyans wind farm

A packed meeting of angry Mortlake district residents has overwhelming voted against the proposed Mount Fyans wind farm. Almost 500 people attended the meeting on Monday night at the Mortlake Hall and supported a motion to reject the Moyne Shires’ offer to establish a community engagement committee for the proposed renewable energy source. “Furthermore, this meeting is totally and absolutely opposed to the development of the Mount Fyans wind farm and directs the Moyne shire councillors and officers to instruct . . . Complete story »


September 14, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm report a blow to future of the industry

A class-action lawsuit is being planned against a local council, the Victorian government and a wind farm operator after an independent review accepted resident complaints that noise from a Gippsland wind farm was causing them harm. A council-ordered report on the Bald Hills wind farm found there was a nuisance under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act. This was despite the wind farm being compliant with state planning laws. Investigators said they could hear wind turbines in some residents’ homes . . . Complete story »


September 14, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Gippsland wind farm adversely affecting residents, independent report says

Noise from a wind farm in Victoria’s Gippsland is having an adverse impact on the comfort and wellbeing of residents living at surrounding properties, a new report commissioned by a local council has found. According to the South Gippsland Shire Council, this could set a new precedent in how planning decisions are made about where wind turbines are built. The council said the report it commissioned into the Bald Hills Wind Farm at Tarwin Lower found two surrounding properties were . . . Complete story »


September 12, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm may be causing health issues, court-ordered independent report finds

Noise from a wind farm in Victoria’s Gippsland may be causing health issues to residents living at surrounding properties, a new report commissioned by an eastern Victorian council has found. According to the local council, this could set a new precedent in how planning decisions are made about where wind turbines are built. The South Gippsland Shire Council said the report it commissioned into the Bald Hills Wind Farm at Tarwin Lower found two surrounding properties were experiencing noise levels . . . Complete story »


September 12, 2018 • Australia, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

We’re deep in the wind wow-zone, but hold on a sec

I have asked the Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, to put on hold all wind farm permits in south-west Victoria. I have done this not to inhibit the state’s responsibility to support renewable energy but to enable a comprehensive review of the impacts of wind farms in this region to date. And there are many wind farms, with many more to come to achieve the state’s Renewable Energy Target of 40 per cent by 2025. I want to understand the . . . Complete story »


September 12, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Member for Polwarth Richard Riordan: communities like Mortlake unconsulted and ignored

Update, Wednesday, 1.30pm: A community meeting will be held at the Mortlake Hall next Monday from 7.30pm after the State Government sparked further debate about renewable energy. A Mortlake district resident said on Wednesday that wind energy was extremely expensive and impractical with foreign owned companies taking up massive government subsidies. “Our lovely Western District volcanic plains and prime farming country is being destroyed by these massive and environmentally unfriendly, using massive amounts of non-renewables in construction, destroying birdlife, dry . . . Complete story »


September 11, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine bombshell – Noise ‘detrimental and unreasonable’

The investigation commissioned by the South Gippsland Shire Council, at a cost of $33,600, into Noise Complaint Notifications by residents living near the Bald Hills Wind Farm is complete. And two and a half years after they first made their grievances known, the report has found their complaints were fully justified. Described by the shire as “a highly experienced independent public health consultant”, at his appointment in February this year, James C. Smith and Associates has found that “there is . . . Complete story »


September 11, 2018 • Australia, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Shire, state must act on turbine noise

On Sunday night this week, the ‘thumping’ noise from the Bald Hills Wind Farm turbines was so loud in the home of Noel Uren that between 1am and 6am he couldn’t get any sleep. “I turned the radio on to try to cover the thumping but it didn’t make any difference,” he said. “It’s a common occurrence when the wind is like this and the conditions are relatively still.” Up until now though, no one has believed him or them, . . . Complete story »


September 10, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Six new solar, wind farms to be built in Victoria to help meet renewable energy target

New solar and wind farms will be built in Victoria, generating enough energy to power 640,000 homes as part of the Andrews Government renewable energy target. Premier Daniel Andrews will formally announce the results of the special “reverse auction” on Tuesday, a system where the Government has asked the industry for bids to build new energy generation. Under the scheme, the Government enters into a “support agreement” that sets a minimum price for energy guaranteeing revenue if the market slips . . . Complete story »


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