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With the prospect of 100 wind turbines around his house, Allan Schafer wants John Brumby to send the Berrybank wind farm somewhere else. "Move the turbines away from us," he begged the Victorian Premier during a radio interview. "There are lots of areas within the state where you don't have to be within 2km of houses."
"Whether you are pro-wind or anti-wind, one thing we all agree on is the process is a process that is inequitable, it is without consultation, it is without a true viable economic base, it is purely a political PR process. It causes great anger and angst and sadness amongst the community." This describes, with appalling accuracy, what is happening in every community targeted for industrial wind facilities.
Two local mayors have launched a stinging pre-election attack on the Brumby Government over wind farms. Moorabool Mayor Pat Toohey and Pyrenees Mayor David Clark say local government lacks the expertise and financial resources to monitor and enforce planning permit conditions related to wind farms.
Goulburn Mulwaree Councillor, Geoff Peterson, is urging individuals, community groups and organisations to make submissions to a Federal Senate inquiry into the social and economic impact of wind farm installations. ..."It is simply not good enough for large energy corporations to climb into bed with Governments and plonk these monstrosities all over the countryside without meaningful dialogue with local residents."
Waubra wind farm operator Acciona has confirmed it has now bought out seven property owners. Director of generation Brett Wickham said yesterday two more properties had been recently purchased by the company.
Acciona Energy's fight in court to defend the development of its $175 million wind farm near Mount Gambier has been adjourned into the new year to allow for medical evidence submissions.
Noise testing at properties neighbouring the Waubra wind farm has revealed some breaches of the farm's planning permit conditions. The wind farm's operator, Acciona Energy, commissioned the testing and the report was submitted to Planning Minister Justin Madden last month.
Gisborne South resident Jan Andrews, a concerned resident who owns a property nearby, says there is one landholder who has allowed West Wind to use his land but there would be thousands of residents who would be affected by the turbines.
Mayor Pat Toohey says the council voted unanimously last night to write to Planning Minister Justin Madden to express its disappointment. He says the shire's residents have concerns about the farms which the State Government did not take into account.
A hearing into the proposed Turitea Wind Farm finished in March and the board has now told submitters its decision won't be released until January, 2011. Mighty River Power wants to build up to 104 turbines on the Tararua Range near Palmerston North, but its proposal attracted a lot of local opposition.
"I have accepted the recommendations of an independent panel and approved two planning permits for the project with conditions." Mr Madden said the main issues addressed in the independent panel's report included noise and visual impact, fauna and native vegetation.
Spanish company Acciona Energy has been taken to the environmental court over its proposal to build a $175 million wind farm at Allendale East near Mt Gambier.
Planning Minister Justin Madden has followed the advice of an independent panel and approved a permit for only the 51-turbine Mortlake South portion. His ruling means that renewable energy company Acciona will have to undertake further expert assessments before applying again.
A Proposed $400 million wind farm was wrongly rejected by commissioners and should go ahead to meet the risk of under-supply of electricity, the Environment Court has been told.
The Envionment Court in Hastings is considering an appeal by the company over a decision by three commissioners to decline permission for a 65-turbine wind farm on the Puketoi range.
In August, Meridian Energy successfully appealed an Environment Court decision which rejected the Project Hayes wind farm. ...High Court Justices Lester Chisholm and John Fogarty referred the case back to the Environment Court and called on it to reconsider its decision.
Amid unconfirmed reports some big investors in the former Babcock & Brown offshoot have been selling down their stakes in the company, Infigen explained its share price decline by pointing to a global decline in renewable energy share prices. ''The sentiment towards renewable energy businesses generally has weakened in the last 12 months."
Mr Rees, standing at his back fence looking onto a neighbour's paddock that will feature turbines, says he has concerns. He's worried about brolga and wedge-tail eagle populations and noise levels.
The Moorabool Shire Council remains adamant the proposed Pykes Hill wind farm should not go ahead. The application for the proposed $18 million, three-turbine wind station was refused at a council meeting last Wednesday.
Turbines on the Tararua wind farm are spinning again, three days after vandals broke in and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage to the transformers that supply it. The turbines have not been spinning since the break-in.