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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

May 8, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Farmers call on Acciona to halt Mortlake South Windfarm development

Angry farmers have called for a moratorium on the Mortlake South Windfarm until the developer Acciona improves its community consultation process. Residents close to the development vented their frustrations during a community information session at Noorat Community Hall on Tuesday night. More than 100 residents from Terang, Noorat, Kolora and Mortlake attended the event with many people wanting their concerns addressed. Key concerns for residents included traffic movement and road surfaces during the construction phase, where to take noise complaints . . . Complete story »

May 6, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

NSW Government says IPC should refuse new wind farm

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has argued the Crookwell 3 wind farm should be refused on the basis of its cumulative visual impacts. The department has referred the proposal to the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) for final decision, citing concern for the wind farm’s visual impact on the landscape and residents. NSW Executive Director of Resource Assessments, Mike Young, said the proposal is for the construction and operation of a new wind farm with 23 turbines up to . . . Complete story »

May 2, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

DPE recommends against Crookwell 3 Wind Farm

The Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) has recommended that the application of the Crookwell 3 Wind Farm is refused due to significant visual impacts on the landscape and residents. The project was given approval by the DPE in 2015, however, the planning has changed with new information and insight, a spokesperson said. Seventeen of the proposed 23 turbines were less than 2.1 kilometres from residences, with some as close as 1.1 kilometre. This is inconsistent with the rules of . . . Complete story »

May 1, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Moyne Shire wants underground transmission lines to be mandatory for future wind farms

Moyne Shire Council wants underground transmission lines to be mandatory for all wind farms. Councillors will write to the Minister for Planning asking that this be a requirement for future wind farms. Mayor Mick Wolfe said existing overhead wind farm powerlines were an eyesore. “We want to keep the landscape in its present state without it being a spider web,” Councillor Wolfe said. “It will take away some of the angst in the community.” The council hopes powerlines will be . . . Complete story »

April 30, 2019 • Australia, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Ill effects of turbines

For all the pretty and annoyingly inane words recently emitted in their media release by Akuo, the developer of the Granite Hills Wind Farm proposed for Brown Mountain, the fact remains that wind turbines emit lots of annoying, damaging infrasound and low frequency noise – ILFN – that is known to cause sleep deprivation and illness. Dr Mariana Alves-Pereira: “The idea that we have to perceive the agent of disease for it to do harm is wrong…different tissues respond differently . . . Complete story »

April 22, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

O’Brien wants minister to meet with residents

The state minister for planning has not agreed to meet with residents opposed to the proposed Alberton wind farm. Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien recently put forward an adjournment matter to the minister, requesting him to “come to the Alberton area to see firsthand the area that is proposed for the Synergy Wind farm and to meet with some of the residents who are concerned”. Planning Minister Richard Wynne did not directly address whether he would meet concerned residents, instead . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Murra Warra Wind farm’s future is uncertain

Speculation surrounding Murra Warra Wind Farm development north of Horsham continues as one of the major companies involved in the project works through significant financial issues. Turbine supplier and installer Senvion Australia released a brief statement yesterday, saying it ‘has been working closely with the project team to support the safe delivery of the Murra Warra Wind Farm’. The German-based company was unwilling to expand on the Wimmera project, other than to provide details of its April 9 media release . . . Complete story »

April 17, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Report reveals vandal attack most likely felled Salt Creek Wind Farm transmission line at Noorat

A bullet is most likely to blame for bringing down the Salt Creek wind farm transmission lines at Noorat last month, an independent report has found. A bullet casing was found near the downed powerline, according to a spokesman for AusNet Services, who operates the line. AusNet Services commissioned the report which found the fallen powerlines may have been an act of vandalism. “The damage is consistent with impact by a bullet from a firearm,” the report says. “The most . . . Complete story »

April 16, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Moorabool South wind farm construction near Fiskville causes worries about dust

Mount Wallace residents near the Moorabool South wind farm project are worried dust thrown up from construction work has contaminated their drinking supply with potentially dangerous chemicals. Since construction began about 12 months ago, “miles” of access roads and powerline connections have been finished, and work on the foundations for the turbines is about to begin. Janene Skidmore lives about a kilometre from the closest turbine, and said in that time, she has noticed the dust from the huge volume . . . Complete story »

April 10, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Moyne Shire lobbying state government over cluster of wind farms near Mortlake

A push to save Mortlake from being surrounded by wind farms has been taken to the state government. A delegation from the Moyne Shire Council met with Planning Minister Richard Wynne in Melbourne last week where they raised concerns about the amount of turbines planned for the area. More than 330 turbines have either already been built, under construction or are on the drawing board. They also lobbied for the Environmental Protection Authority to conduct its own independent testing of . . . Complete story »

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