The Courier: Winds of Change at Waubra

If you’ve been following the development of wind energy in Australia then chances are you’ve heard of Waubra. The small country town in western Victoria is home to one of the largest wind farms in the southern hemisphere and emerged as a key battleground for the anti-wind farm lobby in Victoria. (The anti-wind farm group the Waubra Foundation went so far as to coopt the town’s name for their own narrow interests.)

The following story published by The Courier details how locals are trying to escape the nastiness of anti-wind farm campaigning. Waubra residents will hold a community festival on Saturday October 6 to reemphasise their town’s reputation for strong community and quality produce.

Evan Schurrman reports for the Ballarat Courier: Continue reading “The Courier: Winds of Change at Waubra”

Acciona abandons Newfield wind farm

The following account from the Warrnambool Standard outlines the reasons for Acciona abandoning their proposed wind farm at Newfield, just north of Port Campbell in South-West Victoria. Acciona are still proceeding with the Mt Gellibrand wind farm, near Colac. You can see all approved, operating, and blocked wind farms in Victoria on a map here.   Port Campbell wind farm scrapped ALEX SINNOTT 24 Feb, 2012 A WIND farm development near Port Campbell has been scrapped with its proponents claiming the project was too expensive to develop. Spanish company Acciona Energy confirmed yesterday it would ditch its Newfield wind farm … Continue reading Acciona abandons Newfield wind farm

Liberals deny wind conflict

From The Age, journalist Royce Millar. February 24, 2012 ACTING premier Peter Ryan has rejected opposition attacks against a Liberal backbencher and his personal campaign against a wind farm to be built next to his property in western Victoria. On Wednesday, The Age reported concerns by the opposition and Greens about MP Simon Ramsay’s lobbying against plans by Spanish-owned energy company Acciona to install 63 wind turbines near his property at Birregurra, near Colac. Among their allegations was that Mr Ramsay, a Western Victorian upper house member, had not adequately declared his interest in Acciona’s Mount Gellibrand project ahead of … Continue reading Liberals deny wind conflict

Mt Gellibrand wind farm to commence construction

Today’s good news.  Mt Gellibrand is just northeast of Colac. The following quote is from today’s Age article Wind farm to be built near Colac by Adam Morton. Following that is the text of the press release from developer Acciona.

Acciona Energy director of generation Brett Wickham said the farm would create about 200 jobs during construction and 16 ongoing positions once it was operating.

He said up to 10 of the 149-metre turbines would be built within two kilometres of homes and could have been affected if the plant had been proposed under the new planning regime. Continue reading “Mt Gellibrand wind farm to commence construction”

Mortlake South Wind Farm to proceed

This release comes from the proponent, Acciona Energy. ACCIONA Energy has announced it is proceeding with the Mortlake South Wind Farm in south west Victoria. Andrew Thomson, ACCIONA Energy’s Director of Development, said “We are pleased to be proceeding with the next stages in the development of the Mortlake South Wind Farm”. A planning permit was issued by the Minister for Planning in October 2010 for the Mortlake South Wind Farm at a site located 5 km south of Mortlake. “Over the next 12 months, ACCIONA Energy will prepare a Development Plan for the Mortlake South Wind Farm as required … Continue reading Mortlake South Wind Farm to proceed

‘Wind farm will create work for 200’ near Colac

The following comes from the Colac Herald, journalist is Alison Martin. Wind farm will create work for 200 and generate 25 permanent jobs Acciona Mount Gellibrand project manager Paul Treasure, Acciona senior manager David Clarke, Ombersley landowner Tim Gore and Acciona community relations manager Louise Kingma are looking forward to Mount Gellibrand wind farm construction to start. A $350-MILLION wind farm north-east of Colac will create 200 jobs during construction and 25 permanent positions when complete. Acciona Energy has lodged a development plan with the State Government for a 63-turbine wind farm at Mount Gellibrand. The wind farm would create … Continue reading ‘Wind farm will create work for 200’ near Colac