Our farms buffeted by an ill wind
Deep divisions have arisen across Victoria, with neighbour pitted against neighbour, as some land owners erect wind turbines on their properties - often 60m tall with 30m blades. It's pretty good money, sometimes $10,000 a turbine a year. In the midst of a drought, that can feed a family and send kids to school.
But what of the neighbours?
June 29, 2010
by Ed Gannon
in Herald Sun
Amid the hoo-ha of Julia Gillard's elevation as our first female PM, a piece of legislation finally slipped though Parliament that has left many country people despairing.
The legislation was the Renewable Energy Target, which mandated that 20 per cent of Australia's energy supply must be from renewable resources by 2020.
The Clean Energy Council reckons this will save 380 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
Immediately, the shackles were released on an estimated $20 billion in projects. And despairingly for many rural people a fair chunk of these projects are wind farms.
There are eight wind farms currently in Victoria, operating 266... [continue via Web link]