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Malcolm Turnbull lifts Abbott ban on government finance for wind power

The new mandate says: “As part of its investment activities in clean energy technologies, the corporation must include a focus on supporting emerging and innovative renewable technologies and energy efficiency, such as large scale solar, storage associated with large and small scale solar, offshore wind technologies, and energy efficient technologies for cities and the built environment.”
13 Dec 2015

Hidden documents reveal expert advice on health dangers from wind farms ignored

Media_release_11dec2015_thumb “These documents show that warnings from the Queensland Government’s own noise expert were hidden from the relevant Minister and from the public. The expert report reveals that the proposed Queensland Government Wind Farm Code (V2) will not protect resident’s health and well-being and will not protect their environmental values. The documents obtained under RTO also reveal these concerns were not passed on to the Planning Department or the Minister for Planning.”
11 Dec 2015

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

Malcolm Turnbull refuses to back Clean Energy Finance Corporation

“The CEFC certainly has been making some investments in this area and in that respect has been assisting in supporting the reduction in emissions, but it is a fair question to ask whether it is necessary as an institution, and indeed it was the government’s policy to abolish it. We do not support government banks performing roles that can be performed by the private sector."
20 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

Eagles at risk

Nick Mooney has a specific research interest in the bird of prey and said he believed only about one-third of bird deaths caused by turbine strikes across the state were recorded. ‘‘[Some] of those eagles were found by accident, so it just shows you that the monitoring is essentially inadequate,’’ Mr Mooney said.
5 Oct 2015

Scientist who likened wind industry to Hitler floated as potential Turnbull government adviser

Senator Leyonhjelm said he was not opposed to wind turbines in principle, but believed they were poorly regulated and are "making people sick". He said Dr Rapley was a suitable candidate for the committee because as a New Zealander he "has been out of the Australian environment", has extensively studied impacts of infrasound on human health "and is a genuine scientist".
1 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

Gullen Range Wind Farm wins right to keep turbines which were too close to homes

“Last October they rejected the whole thing, now they approve¬ it. What the department has done is to sort of rewrite the whole thing so they can get the result they wanted. It is just playing with words.’’ The PAC noted the wind farm had purchased two properties most affected by the incorrect turbine placement, ruling such purchases had “mostly” mitigated any visual impact on residents.
17 Sep 2015
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