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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.


January 16, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Currandooley fire’s first anniversary sparks reflection

The green tinge on pastures can be deceptive out past Tarago. Beneath the grass on which stock are grazing again lie layers of ash. Beside the road, trees carry the black scars from the massive Currandooley fire a year ago. On January 17, 2017, now dubbed ‘tinderbox Tuesday’ by locals, a blaze sparked at Infigen’s Capital Wind Farm on Taylors Creek Road, ripped through almost 3400 hectares, over the Bungendore Road, on to Mount Fairy and down to Boro. It . . . Complete story »


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

Wind farm debate

The front page article in Saturday January 6, James Purcell, Member for Western Victoria, states that trickle down payments to residents neighbouring wind farms would help overcome the division in communities hosting wind farms. I would (and I am sure other readers that will be affected by wind farms) like Mr Purcell’s valued assessment in dollar terms of what he would expect to be a reasonable compensation package to be subjected to the following – noise pollution, blade shadow flicker, . . . Complete story »


January 10, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

EPA probes energy hub plan

The Pilbara may soon be home to a large-scale wind and solar hybrid renewable energy project near Port Hedland, after the Environmental Protection Authority agreed to assess the impacts of the plan. The EPA last month decided to proceed with the assessment of the Asian Renewable Energy Hub’s environmental impacts, after a proposal which outlined the clearance of more than 7000ha of native vegetation was submitted. Developed by NW Interconnected Power, an international consortium comprising CWP Energy Asia, InterContinental Energy . . . Complete story »


January 9, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Cape Bridgewater wind farm blows no good for neighbour

While wind farms are expected to bring great economic benefits to the south-west, Melissa Ware says they have only brought health and economic problems for her. Ms Ware said she had been medically advised to leave her Cape Bridgewater home because of the impacts from the Cape Bridgewater wind farm, which has a wind turbine only 550 metres from her back fence. Ms Ware said the wind farm disturbed her sleep and caused her to suffer high blood pressure, headaches . . . Complete story »


January 5, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Purcell proposes ‘fairer’ wind turbine payments

Landholders on properties adjoining wind turbines should get a payment recognising the noise and visual impact the turbines have on their lives, Member for Western Victoria James Purcell says. Mr Purcell said the “trickle down” payments to neighbouring properties would also help overcome the division occurring in south-west rural communities over wind farms. “It’s unfair because a fence divides who gets paid,” he said. Moyne Shire Cr Jim Doukas has said south-west wind farms were “pitching neighbour against neighbour” with . . . Complete story »


January 4, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Height rise in Hawkesdale wind farm stirs angst

Concern in the Hawkesdale and surrounding communities is set to escalate with the state government’s decision to approve an increased height of 180 metres for about 170 planned wind turbines for the region. The increase, which will take the turbines close to the height of Mount Warrnambool (200 metres), is exacerbating angst that wind farms could dominate the landscape in the Hawkesdale, Port Fairy, Macarthur and Willatook areas. Many residents in the areas are reluctant to speak on the issue . . . Complete story »


January 3, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Winds of change blowing as more wind farms on the way

The horizon across the Moyne Shire is set to be dominated by nearly 200 wind turbines around 180 metres high after the state government signed off on three new wind farm planning permit amendments. Ryan Corner, 12 kilometres north-west of Port Fairy, Hawkesdale and Dundonnell are the locations for the massive wind farm projects estimated to be worth more than $1 billion. The state government on Wednesday announced amended permits had been approved for the developments. The size of turbines . . . Complete story »


December 28, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Outcry over transmission towers for Salt Creek wind farm

New high capacity power transmission lines from the Salt Creek wind farm north of Mortlake are sparking concern with several Mortlake district residents. Mortlake district resident Lisa Allen said the towers for the transmission lines were very large at more than 22 metres high and would be a blight on the landscape. Mrs Allen said several of the transmission towers would be placed along the boundary of her family’s property on the Mortlake-Framlingham Road but she had not been able . . . Complete story »


December 21, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Fight for airport’s future hits close to home

Corangamite Shire mayor Jo Beard’s reasons for opposing a 12-turbine wind farm that threatens the future of Cobden’s airfield are personal. The airport has always been part of the Cobden local’s backyard, but its role as a vital community asset was brought home when her husband, Daniel, was involved in a serious car crash. “It will be 20 years next year that… my husband was involved in a fatality car accident where two people were killed. He was probably one . . . Complete story »


December 16, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Cobden airstrip rally draws big crowd

Up to 200 people and about 35 light aircraft converged on Cobden airstrip on Saturday in a big protest against plans to build wind turbines near the airstrip. The big turnout for the ‘Save Our Strip’ rally gave added impetus to the Cobden Aero Club’s efforts to stop Alinta Energy’s plans for a wind farm that would include four 180-metre high wind turbines only 2.5 kilometres from the airstrip’s northern end. Community members are concerned the turbines would confine aircraft . . . Complete story »


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