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A class-action lawsuit is being planned against a local council, the Victorian government and a wind farm operator after an independent review accepted resident complaints that noise from a Gippsland wind farm was causing them harm.
Noise from a wind farm in Victoria's Gippsland is having an adverse impact on the comfort and wellbeing of residents living at surrounding properties, a new report commissioned by a local council has found.
A “termination for convenience” clause has been written into contracts for three new wind farms and three new solar farms selected under a reverse auction scheme as part of the Andrews government’s ambitious state renewable energy target.
The shire council must finally acknowledge that the neighbours of the Bald Hills Wind Farm, their own ratepayers, have a legitimate gripe under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act and support them in their attempts to get redress from the operator and the State Government. And the State Government must finally admit that it allowed the turbines to be sited too close to the existing farm houses for them not to cause a noise nuisance.
The report by Mr Smith, an expert in public health follows a botched attempt by the shire to investigate the complaints itself between May and November 2016, after which the shire produced a finding of “no nuisance” in January 2017 before telling the affected property owners that the case was closed in April 2017. But it wasn’t closed and the complainants took Supreme Court action to get a proper investigation. The matter is due to go back to the Supreme Court on November 26, two days after the next state election.
Without subsidies and the ongoing presence of backup power based on fossil-fuel generation, the outlook for more renewable energy in Australia is extremely uncertain. Indeed, without the intervention of governments, the salad days for renewable energy will quickly fade, something the sector understands. That’s why the energy policy debate is so important to them — and to all of us.
But Mr Arthur said the problem was onsite, not off-site and the result of any problem with the transmission infrastructure or substation. “There may be issues with warranties and the like and I don’t want to go into it at this stage except to say we hope it’s right by sometime next week (this week),” he said last Thursday.
Like dogs with a taste for worrying sheep, politicians are addicted to continuing their destructive interventions in energy supply. And they have created an endless supply of officials and vested interests who will tell them how they can vary those interventions but they have little stomach for disengaging and allowing the market the freedom to operate without regulations and guidance.
The ACCC – whose chairman Rod Sims has long been a critic of the Renewable Energy Target and associated schemes – has also called for the Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme, which was due to run until 2030, to be wrapped up by 2021 – almost a decade earlier than planned.
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The biggest wind farm in the southern hemisphere will be built about 130 kilometres west of Melbourne, powering an estimated half a million homes a year by 2025, if the Andrews government gives the project the green light.
A report by the National Wind Farm Commissioner acknowledges the history of community division, unfair contracts, inadequate communication, potential conflicts of interest and disregard for complaints of human suffering. The Wind Farm Commissioner set out a road map for how the industry could clean up its act. And the renewables industry insists that lessons have been learned.
A south-west Victorian airport instrumental in fighting the St Patrick's Day bushfires could be forced to close if a proposed wind farm is approved by the state planning minister.
A sprawling multimillion-dollar wind farm project can be built despite “substantial” local opposition including from the AFL’s boss, the state’s development court has ruled.
In its summary, and with unanimous support from relevant experts, AAT found that there were numerous recorded instances of wind turbine noise exceeding 40 dB(A) — a recognized threshold for annoyance/sleep disturbance. “Even if it is not audible, low-frequency noise and infrasound may have other effects on the human body, which are not mediated by hearing but also not fully understood,” the summary reads.
Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has likened South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill to a problem gambler "doubling down to chase his losses" after the state lifted its renewable energy target to 75 per cent by 2025.
The residents called on AGL to “fix” existing problems at Macarthur, such as deteriorating roads, before launching into a new project. Resident Jacinta Coffey said the area was “becoming a dumping ground for wind energy” and it was "unfair” to the community with more than 240 wind turbines to be built in Hawkesdale and surrounding areas.
Dr Crawford says one of the main issues is what the RFS and State Government is “doing or not doing about wind farms.” “There is a real question about how fireprone wind farms are to areas,” he said. “There is research to show that the atmosphere close to the ground (near windfarms) changes temperature, bringing down warmer air and affecting moisture content in vegetation growth.