Articles filed under Impact on People from Australia / New Zealand

Dirty war of clean energy

"It's like no other noise you have ever heard," he said describing it as a strong whooshing sound that persists with a westerly wind. "That's about 90 per cent of the year." South Australian farmer Andy Thomas lives near six turbines at Mt Bryan. In an affidavit in a case against the wind farm, Mr Thomas said the turbine noise was like a jet passing overhead.
22 Oct 2011

Wind turbines and the flock

Victorian graziers Anne and Gus Gardiner recently got some great news. The Italian fashion house Zegna declared them one of Australia's top two fine wool producers. But the recognition comes right as the Gardiners are pondering the future of their business. They fear they might need to shut down their award-winning sheep property because of a forest of wind turbines rising on their boundary.
12 Oct 2011

Turbines blown away as winds of change sweep through Victorian clean energy industry

New regulations that formed part of the Coalition's election platform yesterday came into effect, giving residents veto power over turbines within 2km of their home. Turbines have also been banned within 5km of major regional towns, and from scenic areas. In the first signs that Victoria stands to lose billions of dollars from its economy and that investment will be redirected to other states, wind farm companies have already started to withdraw from Victoria or have had their projects thwarted.
30 Aug 2011

Coalition restores community's rights on wind farm planning

Planning Minister Matthew Guy today announced that the Coalition Government had delivered on another election commitment through his approval of Amendment VC82, which reforms the way wind farms can be approved and prohibits a wind turbine being constructed within two kilometres of an existing dwelling unless there is written consent from the owner of the dwelling.
29 Aug 2011

Moyne Shire axes 'arrogant' wind farm projects

Moyne Shire councillors voted on Tuesday night to oppose extending permits for the proposed Hawkesdale and Ryan Corner wind farm projects, granted to developers Union Fenosa three years ago. The Standard understands the move is the first time that a Victorian council have been able to successfully oppose a wind farm proposal since the Baillieu government won office last year.
25 Aug 2011
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