Push to close wind turbine loophole.381412013-04-22T12:33:17Z2013-04-22T12:33:17ZThe Local Government Association (LGA) will lobby the State Government to ban wind turbines from suburban backyards.
The move comes after Burnside Council unsuccessfully lobbied the government to close a planning loophole that allowed wind turbines up to 10m tall to be erected without development approval.Proposed wind farm guidelines for NSW.341572012-01-19T20:09:29Z2012-01-19T20:09:29ZDraft planning guidelines for wind farms in NSW could make approval processes more complex and time-consuming, set possibly the world's strictest noise standards, and limit opportunities for placing wind turbines within 2km of a residence.
People power to veto wind farms.339482011-12-24T20:58:47Z2011-12-24T20:58:47ZThe plan would force NSW wind farms to be some of the quietest developed at under 35 decibels, compared with 40 decibels in Victoria, South Australia, New Zealand and Europe, and 50 decibels in the United States. Australian state launches world's toughest wind turbine laws.338982011-12-23T18:31:10Z2011-12-23T18:31:10ZAustralia's largest state has proposed the world's toughest laws on wind turbines, with a plan to give all residents within 1.25 miles a veto over new projects. ...The state's conservative Premier, Barry O'Farrell, who was elected earlier this year, has said that he personally opposes any no new wind farms. About 19 scheduled projects are expected to be subject to the new guidelines.
Town planning law halts wind farm plans.327422011-08-12T12:27:36Z2011-08-12T12:27:36ZMHE withdrew its development application with the Broomehill-Tambellup Shire after it was discovered a couple of weeks ago that the existing town planning scheme did not allow council to consider the proposal.
Councils get control of wind farm developments.313132011-03-04T08:35:19Z2011-03-04T08:35:19ZThe amendment requires new wind farm planning applications to identify homes within two kilometres of turbines.
It also includes new noise guidelines and makes local government the responsible planning authority for wind farms of all sizes.
Wind farm changes knocked back.230362009-09-08T16:02:35Z2009-09-08T16:02:35ZThe South Australian Government has refused to vary major development approval of a wind farm proposed for the Myponga-Sellicks Hill area. ...He says major development status was given in 2002 and after years of delays and it is not appropriate to now vary the approval.Council seeks proof for forced wind farm administration.230262009-09-07T21:08:07Z2009-09-07T21:08:07ZThe Pyrenees Shire wants legal proof showing that it can be forced to take on the responsibility of monitoring the Waubra wind farm.
The Victorian Government has given the task to the shire, but the shire says it has neither the financial resources or the staff to do it.
Wind farm idea off table as liquidators 'surrender' consent.228462009-08-25T20:53:13Z2009-08-25T20:53:13ZMotorimu Wind Farm has officially been scrapped.
Liquidators for the company have "surrendered" its resource consent to Palmerston North City Council, ending any prospect of the 80-turbine farm near Tokomaru being built.
Scrapping the farm came after a deal was struck between the liquidators and Mighty River Power.Turbine proposal fails to impress .225592009-08-07T01:47:55Z2009-08-07T01:47:55ZMighty River Power's planned positioning of some turbines at Turitea Wind Farm flies in the face of Palmerston North City Council's efforts to keep them away from houses, a board of inquiry has been told.
The power company's 121-turbine proposal failed to meet the "spirit and intent" of the city council's 2006 decision that made a wind farm at Turitea possible, city lawyer John Maassen said.
Garrett must say yes to windfarm.223482009-07-26T18:11:25Z2009-07-26T18:11:25ZFederal Environment Minister Peter Garrett must approve the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm, under national laws, before it can go ahead.
The project has gone to the Federal Government because it has been found likely to have significant environmental impact.
It now must be assessed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
Wind farm idea back on agenda.223392009-07-25T21:05:46Z2009-07-25T21:05:46ZThe future of the Mt Stuart development was in doubt for several months earlier this year after its original developers, NZ Windfarms Ltd, pulled back on taking it to the next level before selling the project to the Central Otago company Pioneer Generation..
The resource consent application for the nine-turbine wind farm attracted 15 submissions with all but one opposing the application.
Wind farm guidelines adopted.222642009-07-22T08:22:09Z2009-07-22T08:22:09ZAfter a lengthy debate, a set of guidelines to better help Hepburn Shire Council make planning decisions on wind turbines was adopted last night, but not without changes.
Wind farm guidelines to be considered by council again.222422009-07-20T14:24:37Z2009-07-20T14:24:37ZA revised set of guidelines to better help Hepburn Shire Council decide where, and if, wind farms can fit in certain areas will go before the council for the second time tonight.
A decision on whether to adopt the guidelines was deferred for one month at the council's June ordinary meeting, after councillors decided changes needed to be made.
Wind farm hearings under way .219252009-07-06T03:57:51Z2009-07-06T03:57:51ZIt will take 26 days over nine weeks, but the fate of Palmerston North's skyline will soon be known.
A board of inquiry hearing into the Turitea Wind Farm application begins today at the Travelodge. It is scheduled to finish on September 2. State-owned power company Mighty River Power has applied to build a 122-turbine wind farm along the Tararua Ranges, in and around the Turitea Reserve.
Wind farm approved despite court challenge.219052009-07-03T17:58:43Z2009-07-03T17:58:43ZThe New South Wales Government has given planning approval for a wind farm at Gullen Range, near Goulburn in the state's south, despite an ongoing case in the Land and Environment Court.
The Government has given the $250 million plan the green light after putting in place measures to protect the powerful owl and the wedgetail eagle.
Windfarm more efficient than hydro, inquiry told .219002009-07-03T14:55:59Z2009-07-03T14:55:59ZA proposed wind farm in the Kakanui Ranges near Oamaru would be more efficient and lower-cost than a hydro power scheme, an expert witness has told the Environment Court.
Meridian Energy is seeking to take water from Lake Waitaki and pass it through a tunnel and power station before discharging the water into the Waitaki River at Stonewall.
Parliament to investigate rural wind farms.218192009-06-29T16:27:56Z2009-06-29T16:27:56ZThe announcement follows a recent proposal for a 50-megawatt wind turbine at Shannons Flat near Cooma by Sydney company CBD Energy Limited.
The inquiry's chairman, Upper House Greens MP Ian Cohen, says it will look at the best locations for farms and their impact on property values.
Bid for 57 more wind turbines .215952009-06-17T12:23:00Z2009-06-17T12:23:00ZMore turbines could be spinning on the Tararua Ranges.
NZ Windfarms has applied to expand the Te Rere Hau wind farm, asking for consent for another 56 turbines.