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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.


July 23, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

RES Australia’s Twin Creek Wind Farm tip toes around pygmy blue tongue

A tiny, nationally endangered lizard has forced one of the world’s largest independent renewable energy companies to significantly redesign a $300 million wind farm proposed for South Australia’s Mid North. A planning survey in 2016-17 discovered 115 palmsized pygmy blue tongue lizards across the proposed wind farm site of 5600 hectares at St Kitts, 80km north east of Adelaide. RES Australia Pty Ltd has reduced its Twin Creek Wind Farm footprint from 90 wind turbines to 51, largely because of . . . Complete story »


July 20, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Granite Hills Wind Farm site on Brown Mt the location of endangered animals

Fourteen endangered fauna species and hundreds of historic Indigenous artifacts have been found at the site for a proposed wind farm on Brown Mountain. Granite Hills Wind Farm, comprising 32 turbines, has been proposed for Steeple Flat, 12km south-east of Nimmitabel, the site adjoining the South East Forests National Park and Glenbog State Forest A referral prepared by infrastructure consultants SMEC for the Department of Environment and Energy (DoEE), found the development of the Granite Hills Wind Farm was “likely . . . Complete story »


July 12, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Hawkesdale region farmers raise concerns about proposed Western District wind farms

Encircled by operating or proposed wind farms, Simon Cozens says his once-tranquil property sounds like it’s in the middle of a “mechanical ocean”. That’s the way he describes the noise created by turbines at Macarthur Wind Farm – and farmers across his region are concerned the cacophony will grow louder. Residents in the Hawkesdale-Woolsthorpe region, northwest of Warrnambool, raised concerns last week with the National Wind Farm Commissioner about the number of turbines planned for the region. If all permits are . . . Complete story »


July 9, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm neighbour payments called “hush money”

Hawkesdale farmer Robert McCosh calls it “hush money”. Wind energy advocates call it spreading the benefits of wind farms further among local communities. What they are talking about is the neighbour agreements offered by the proponent of the 26-turbine Hawkesdale wind farm to landholders adjacent to the turbines. Mr McCosh said the neighbour agreements were further heightening tensions between those willing to take money from the wind farms and those who weren’t. He has been offered $8500 a year plus . . . Complete story »


July 5, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Hawkesdale frustrated over input on wind farms

A proposed Western Victorian wind farm is likely to have to turn off many of its turbines at certain wind speeds and directions after they were found to be at risk of not complying with noise limits. National Wind Farm Commissioner Andrew Dyer revealed the situation after the merits of noise tests on wind farms were questioned at a Hawkesdale community meeting on Wednesday. Concern was expressed at the meeting that wind farm developers had appointed their own acousticians to . . . Complete story »


July 4, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Hawkesdale meeting blows against more wind farms

Government officials were left in no doubt about strong opposition to wind farms planned for Hawkesdale and surrounding areas after a community meeting in the town on Wednesday. Officials from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the National Wind Farm Commissioner Andrew Dyer were peppered with hostile questions from the crowd of about 110 people. The crowd included people with long-standing concerns about wind farms beyond the Hawkesdale and surrounding area where nearly 200 more are . . . Complete story »


July 2, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Tension rises on Willatook wind farm

Heightened tensions over wind farms are likely to be on display at a meeting in Hawkesdale on Wednesday after landholders who might host wind turbines have been threatened with legal action. The 4pm meeting at the Hawkesdale hall has not been promoted as a protest meeting but a Willatook Wind Farm Action Group spokesman said he expected concern would be expressed about the high number of wind farms planned for Hawkesdale and surrounding areas. Divisions over the proposed Willatook wind . . . Complete story »


July 2, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Leaders fear ‘spider web’ of wind farm transmission lines

The region will become home to a “spider web of transmission lines” unless more is done to change wind farm planning laws, south-west leaders fear. The power lines, which can measure up to 27 metres high and about 1.5 metres wide, are already in place to connect the Salt Creek wind farm, north of Mortlake, with the grid at Terang. With more wind farms on the way, councils and landholders fear duplication of these lines will create a blight on . . . Complete story »


June 29, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Council votes against new wind turbines for Yass Valley

Yass Valley Council on Wednesday night voted against new industrial wind farms being built in its region. And while local government is in many instances powerless when it comes to deciding whether or not wind power stations are approved, it can recommend to the state government that it does not want them. Many of the wind power stations being proposed across NSW are so large as to qualify as projects of state significance, meaning planning decisions are taken out of . . . Complete story »


June 28, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Crystal Brook Energy Farm hits turbulence

Councillors will again voice their opposition to a multi-million-dollar energy park planned for Crystal Brook. It is the second time Port Pirie Regional Council has objected to the plan by Neoen Energy. In May last year, the council voted to “actively oppose” the project in line with its development policy for the zone. The energy park would see wind towers installed at the southern edge of the Flinders Ranges around Crystal Brook and Beetaloo Valley. The council’s 2013 Development Plan . . . Complete story »


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