Library filed under Impact on Bats from Australia / New Zealand
Council planning and environmental services manager Peter Thom said DOC's submission concerned the potential effects of the wind farm on threatened indigenous species and other biodiversity. One of those species is the threatened long-tailed bat, which DOC's submission says may be at risk of colliding with the turbines, or losing feeding and breeding habitat through the wind farm.
A yellow-bellied bat has put the brakes on plans for a massive wind farm near Dundonnell. The 89-turbine project will have to jump through another hurdle after Planning Minister Matthew Guy ordered an environmental effects statement (EES) to see if there would be any impact on the yellow-bellied sheath-tailed bat.
Compliments of Andrew Chapman, the attached pdf files contain extensive documentation particularly with respect to the impact of wind turbines on wildlife as part of an ongoing effort to prevent the construction of the Bald Hills Wind Farm, South Gippsland, Victoria. While it has been approved by the Victorian State Government the presence in the Bald Hills area of migratory species of national and international significance that are protected by treaties with Japan and China in the Bald Hills has placed the final decision in the hands of the Federal Government. This decision is pending.
In its submission today, the department will not reiterate all of the matters raised in the 21 October submission, rather the department wishes to focus largely on the matters arising from this proposal affecting Brolga and Southern Bent-wing Bat.
This submission deals only with the potential impact on the natural environment and in particular birds and bats.