Allendale Rejection a Mixed Bag: Wind farms impact landscapes but not health

The full text of the Allendale decision is available here: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/sa/SAERDC/2011/23.html Opponents of wind developments, including on this site, are claiming as a victory the recent decision of the South Australian Environment, Resources and Development Court to reject Acciona’s proposed 46 turbine wind farm at Allendale, south of Mount Gambier. But while the court found that the wind farm would impact the local landscape, after careful examination found that there is still no causal effect between wind farms and ill health. The opponents of the Allendale wind farm called Dr Sarah Laurie to give expert evidence on her studies of … Continue reading Allendale Rejection a Mixed Bag: Wind farms impact landscapes but not health

Reducing community divisions about wind farms – is the 2km right of veto the solution?

One of the commonly cited problems with wind farms, including by commentators on this blog, is that they cause community division. The concern is that landholders who host turbines will gain financially, while their neighbours have to cope with the way wind farms look and sound without getting any benefits and without the ability to dictate where turbines are located. This creates an us and them situation. In response to some of these concerns, the current Victorian government has proposed giving neighbouring land holders a right of veto over any turbines within 2km of their dwelling. The distances between houses … Continue reading Reducing community divisions about wind farms – is the 2km right of veto the solution?

Who could argue against lower electricity costs?

Coal fired power stations it seems. Last month the Auditor General reported on Victoria’s struggle to meet is renewable energy targets. He concluded that poor planning was partly to blame, but the State also had to contend with coal fired generators pleading that too much renewable energy would be bad for their bottom line. The generators were particularly keen that Victoria extend the deadline for achieving 10% renewable energy to 2016: In 2007, the time frame for increasing the share of Victoria’s electricity consumption from renewable sources to 10 per cent was extended from 2010 to 2016. A range of … Continue reading Who could argue against lower electricity costs?

Sending Ted a letter…

Today we posted the first of many hundreds of postcards to Premier Ted Baillieu, calling on him to drop the proposed restrictions on wind farms. People have signed postcards from across Victoria from the Western District right through to Gippsland. We’re also posting hundreds daily to people throughout Victoria from Wodonga to Burwood to distribute in their communities. If you’d like to get involved in letterboxing your local area, or joining us on our letterboxing blitzes in key electorates please contact me at ellen.roberts at foe.org.au. Continue reading Sending Ted a letter…

What kills more birds – Waubra wind farm or two feral cats?

I’m a keen bird watcher and so am interested in the impact of wind farms on bird life. I asked Acciona for statistics on the number of bird fatalities at Waubra and got the following response: ACCIONA implements a comprehensive bird monitoring program at the Waubra Wind Farm in accordance with Avifauna Management Plan which was approved by the Minister for Planning in October 2006. This Plan was supported by extensive bird surveys of the site prior to commissioning of the wind farm. The first year of bird mortality searches at the Waubra Wind Farm were completed in 2010. Dead … Continue reading What kills more birds – Waubra wind farm or two feral cats?