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The No TasWind Farm Group, which has now hired the services of a mainland PR company to help it fight the $2 billion proposal, collected 434 signatures on its petition which has been presented to the King Island Council.
An independent body, appointed by the Government to speak on behalf of regional South Australians, has reported that farmers with land near wind-driven power stations are facing lower profits and falling land values.
AGL Energy (AGL) this week announced that an independent noise compliance assessment on the wind turbines by the AECOM company had shown the farm was operating within the noise limits set down in its planning permit.
However, Annie Gardner said residents who lived near the turbines could still not sleep at night.
In the weeks leading to her arrival, on king Island there had been plenty of discussions about Dr Laurie, so much so the police attended the meeting.
No TasWind Farm Group member Donald Graham said the meeting was useful for King Island residents.
"Dr Laurie clearly pointed out that there are issues with turbines and noise and infrasound," he said.
The boss of Origin Energy, one of the nation's largest energy providers, has called for a review of Australias renewables targets along with the carbon tax, which he said put the nation at an increasing competitive disadvantage .
The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is using noise testing near a Clare Valley wind farm to determine whether local residents' claims about health impacts are valid. ...Peter Dolan from the EPA says 57 residents will also be keeping 'noise diaries' to document their own experiences.
Under legislation passed in the upper house of State Parliament on Thursday, councils will be responsible for enforcing conditions such as noise levels on eight wind farm projects unless the permit conditions says the state planning minister is responsible.
The 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.
Council CEO John Brak says it has now negotiated an amended application with the company.
"Primarily to ensure that no wind turbine was within two kilometres of affected dwellings," he said. ...Two local residents are still pursuing an appeal against the development, with a court hearing scheduled for next month.
Competition for a stake in an Australian wind farm is thinning after a key shortlisted party pulled its interest.
China Longyuan Power Group would not submit a final offer in an auction for a stake in Boco Rock Wind Farm, a person familiar with the matter said.
A Federal Court decision has triggered a South Australian parliamentary investigation into whether wind farms can devalue neighbouring properties.
The terms of reference have been expanded for a select committee looking into wind farm developments.
Seven councils, including Moorabool, Pyrenees and Golden Plain Shire, have asked the Planning Minister Matthew Guy to reconsider a bill that some say could cost ratepayers millions of dollars.
Moorabool mayor Pat Toohey said the bill, which is to be introduced to the Upper House on Monday, sought to overhaul the administration and enforcing of wind farm permits.
Premier Denis Napthine has declared his personal love for wind turbines, but says his government's restrictions to where they can be built won't change.
Dr Napthine on Friday launched the Macarthur wind farm in Victoria's south-west, the largest wind energy project in the southern hemisphere.
Loss of values for properties close to wind farms could force a rise in rates to maintain Council revenue.
Cr. Malcolm Barlow made this claim in a presentation to last meeting of Upper Lachlan Council.
The District Council of Yorke Peninsula has unanimously rejected a development application to build a $1.3 billion wind farm in the region.
EQ regional spokesman Graham Fuller says state schools "are places for teaching and learning".
"They are not to be seen as advocates or otherwise for development applications, individual products, services or commercial enterprise," he said in a statement.
An explosion of proposed wind farms near Canberra and their divisive nature have turned communities against them, the Liberal candidate for Hume claims.
Angus Taylor said neighbouring farmers were terrified their land values will plunge 30 per cent.
The Australian study had a few valid points but in drawing such a strong conclusion, it was skirting the truth, he said. "...it looked to me as though they [the study's authors] had set out to prove something," Mr Low said. "They had an idea of what they wanted to ‘prove' and sure enough they ‘proved' it."
A large scale wind farm proposed for the tiny Tasmanian island of King Island is dividing the local community. Hydro Tasmania is proposing to build a 600-megawatt which is expected to take up at least 12 to 15 per cent of the island.
Friends of Collector chairman Tony Hodgson has vowed to continue his fight against a $350 million wind energy project that, if approved, would see turbines placed 2kms from his house.
The renewed pledge comes just days after proponent RATCH-Australia lodged its Submissions Report and Preferred Project Report to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure.