Concern over wind farms and fires.377372013-03-13T19:41:39Z2013-03-13T19:41:39ZAeroplanes couldn't fly within one kilometre of a stationary turbine, and weren't allowed within five kilometres down wind of a moving turbine. Wind farm company Epuron said turbines wouldn't stop fire fighting aircraft from assisting during an emergency.The conversion of a pro-wind lawyer.370232013-01-13T18:40:23Z2013-01-13T18:40:23Z"There wasn't much evidence around but I was struck by the countryside. The more we drove around on inspection the more convinced I was the turbines would have an impact.
"I went past some time later when they were under construction and I was absolutely horrified to see the towers going up. They didn't have their nacelles (hubs) or blades on at that stage but I thought â€˜what have I done to these people.'"Major wind farm project causes a stir.369772013-01-08T05:38:54Z2013-01-08T05:38:54ZIn a statement, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon says the project will become a "white elephant that will be embroiled in litigation."
Senator Xenophon currently has a Bill before Parliament to introduce national standards on the level of noise created by wind turbines.
Pyrenees wind farm scrapped .359332012-09-02T17:47:08Z2012-09-02T17:47:08Z"Our people have been here for 170 years and they really value the country, and to put wind turbines through these beautiful Pyrenees ranges would have been just a massacre," he said.
Mitchell ward councillor David Clark said he wasn't surprised by the scrapping.
Windfall for the environment, downfall for health?.355072012-07-16T01:22:34Z2012-07-16T01:22:34ZWind turbines are popping up around the world as an alternative source of energy, but residents who live near them say the machines are making them sick. Energy spent on road repairs.180692012-02-15T16:47:17Z2012-02-15T16:47:17ZIt is understood VicRoads needs about $100 million just to repair its network back to pre-wind farm era condition. The Moyne Shire needs tens of millions of dollars to fix its local roads. â€œSome main roads may have to be ripped up and returned to gravel because there are no funds to maintain a proper bitumen surface."Dirty war of clean energy .333862011-10-22T15:09:08Z2011-10-22T15:09:08Z"It's like no other noise you have ever heard," he said describing it as a strong whooshing sound that persists with a westerly wind. "That's about 90 per cent of the year."
South Australian farmer Andy Thomas lives near six turbines at Mt Bryan. In an affidavit in a case against the wind farm, Mr Thomas said the turbine noise was like a jet passing overhead.
Enviro groups welcome wind farm planning changes.329062011-09-01T13:28:53Z2011-09-01T13:28:53ZThe amendment reforms the way wind farms can be approved and prohibits a wind turbine being constructed within two kilometres of an existing dwelling, unless there is written consent from the owner of the dwelling.
South Australia urged to adopt wind farm separation zones.328862011-08-30T11:19:42Z2011-08-30T11:19:42ZSA Groups in South Australia opposing wind farm developments close to homes and regional towns say the State Government needs to follow Victoria's lead in having separation zones.
The Victorian Government has decided wind farms cannot be built within two kilometres of homes and within five kilometres of more than 20 regional towns.
Moyne Shire axes 'arrogant' wind farm projects.328432011-08-25T20:24:13Z2011-08-25T20:24:13ZMoyne Shire councillors voted on Tuesday night to oppose extending permits for the proposed Hawkesdale and Ryan Corner wind farm projects, granted to developers Union Fenosa three years ago.
The Standard understands the move is the first time that a Victorian council have been able to successfully oppose a wind farm proposal since the Baillieu government won office last year.
Farmer wins wind farm battle against Acciona.322832011-06-24T23:06:23Z2011-06-24T23:06:23ZThe court found the introduction of turbines would detract visually from the area to an unacceptable degree.
Ms Godfrey told the hearing in January she was forced to move from her Waubra home because of sleep deprivation, headaches and nausea after turbines began operating.
Court blocks $175m wind farm project.322692011-06-24T15:48:11Z2011-06-24T15:48:11ZThe $175m proposed Allendale East wind farm near Mount Gambier has collapsed following an adjoining landowner winning an appeal against the 46-turbine project.
The landmark ruling is believed to be the first time a court has upheld an appeal against wind farms based on visual amenity.
Blow for wind farms as senators push probe into noise and health fears .322642011-06-24T12:49:42Z2011-06-24T12:49:42ZIn a dramatic win for residents' groups who have raised widespread concerns about the impact of wind farms on rural communities, the committee recommended that noise measurements be expanded to include low-frequency noise, or infrasound.
Any harm from a wind farm?.320392011-05-26T15:42:30Z2011-05-26T15:42:30ZOpponents of the Flat Rocks wind farm have been joined by Williams and McAlinden landholders, where new wind farms have been proposed, in voicing their fears about wind turbine syndrome, the name given to the adverse health effects believed to be caused by both audible and low frequency soundwaves.
Storm grows over plans for Denmark wind farm.317912011-04-25T13:16:11Z2011-04-25T13:16:11ZThe proposal, which came after an earlier attempt was rejected by the local council, has been attacked by a vocal group of opponents, who argue that it will despoil the town's "pristine" coastline.
Turbines may face scrutiny.312652011-03-01T12:01:17Z2011-03-01T12:01:17Z"Those turbines are a dud, we have been tricked, Hobart has been tricked into being used as the guinea pig, we are being used as a testing ground for these verticals which I have researched," he said.