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Wind farm watchdog's first Senate grilling

Australia's first-ever wind farm commissioner experienced his first grilling by a Senate committee on Monday, with his $205,000 annual salary for three years confirmed by the environment department. Mr Dyer's aim is to improve complaint handling by state regulators and other stakeholders to a level that renders his role futile.
8 Feb 2016

NSW planning dept sends 350MW wind farm proposal back to drawing board

The Department said it had reviewed the EIS and found that it had not adequately assessed the visual and noise impacts of the project, as required by government guidelines; not undertaken sufficient consultation with local residents about measures to reduce impacts of the wind farm, particularly in regard to visual impacts; and not fully considered the compatibility of the project with local planning controls and the emerging rural-residential nature of the area.
30 Oct 2015

Turnbull government appoints Australia's first wind farm commissioner

Australia's first wind farm commissioner has been appointed by the Turnbull government, with the former chairman of the telecommunications watchdog, Andrew Dyer, to take the role for three years. Mr Dyer's appointment comes as the government also established a scientific panel to "provide advice on the science and monitoring of potential impacts of wind turbine sound on health and the environment".
9 Oct 2015

Wind farm information day turns ugly in Rye Park

Trustpower employees closed the meeting two hours early, after one resident allegedly stole a Trustpower USB stick and made violent threats after being restrained from entering the building. The Bookham resident, Mr Mark Glover, told the Tribune that the incident occurred when he accused Trustpower of lying to his neighbours. “I did accuse them of lying because he was saying the community supported the proposal,” Mr Glover said. 
25 Sep 2015

Rye Park wind farm developers offer cash grants to neighbours to get project back on track

The new offer of cash grants to landowners within two kilometres of a turbine (but not hosting them) was in response to an issue raised consistently during consultation – that only host landowners were paid. The grant to neighbours was considered "a more fair arrangement", Mr Van Zyl said. The money would come from a proposed community benefit fund, which Trustpower was proposing to split, half for community grants and half for the neighbour cash payments.  
19 Aug 2015

Senate inquiry calls for new national rules to curb wind farms

The Abbott government should draw up national rules restricting how wind farms are built and operated and punish states that do not accept them, a Senate committee has urged. In its final report published on Monday evening, the committee puts forward a range a measures to curb wind farms, including recommendations to reduce support for projects under the national renewable energy target.
3 Aug 2015

Wind farms – another con?

South Australian grazier Clive Gare, with 19 turbines on his property giving a million dollar income across five years, told the Senate inquiry the noise has been unbearable. He was initially excited about hosting renewable energy, but now believed "towers should not be any closer than 5 kilometres to a dwelling".
28 Jun 2015

More barriers to wind farms likely by Senate vote

There are concerns the Federal Government will introduced new rules with its RET to reflect Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s personal dislike of turbines. ...One trade-off in talks with crossbenchers has been the appointment of a wind farm commissioner and an ombudsman to investigate wind farms’ possible impacts on health.
19 Jun 2015

Moyne Shire says wind farm planning fees far short of costs

Wind farm permit work costs Moyne Shire Council 15 times more than it receives in application fees paid by energy companies, a Senate committee heard yesterday. State standard fees for major projects set a $16,130 maximum that councils can charge a proponent, yet Moyne has calculated the full costs are closer to $250,000.
10 Jun 2015
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