Pollie Watch: Vic Greens leader says anti-wind farm lobby causes stress, anxiety

Greg wind turbine near portland_0Victorian Greens Leader Greg Barber (MLC) has joined his federal counterpart Senator Richard Di Natale in identifying anti-wind farm campaigning as the source of stress and anxiety falsely attributed to wind mills.

On Thursday March 1, the Australian Senate debated the anti-wind farm bill  proposed by Senators John Madigan (DLP) and Nick Xenaphon (Ind). Greens Senator Richard Di Natale  gave a powerful speech addressing the alleged health impacts from wind farm noise. Di Natale, a doctor and medical health specialist, said “It is the spread of misinformation that causes harm; not the wind turbines themselves.”

Mr Barber’s office released the following statement on the matter echoing Di Natale’s assessment of the real causes of stress and anxiety:

The Greens say it is the anti wind farm lobby that is causing stress and anxiety amongst wind farm neighbours.“There is no ‘wind turbine syndrome’, only Simon Ramsay Syndrome,” said Victorian Greens Leader Greg Barber.“He’s running around scaring people into thinking this mysterious low frequency noise is making them sick.”  Continue reading “Pollie Watch: Vic Greens leader says anti-wind farm lobby causes stress, anxiety”

Wind energy for Yorke Peninsula

Wind turbines can’t yet reverse baldness or turn water into wine, but here is yet another example of the potential benefits they can bring to regional areas (if bloody-minded state governments don’t lock them out). Wind farm could fast track NBN From the Yorke Peninsula Country Times, September 13. Journalist: Karina Natt A SUBMARINE cable across St Vincent Gulf planned to transport power generated by the proposed Ceres Project wind farm to Adelaide could fast track the National Broadband Network connection to Yorke Peninsula. Under the plan, two 10 centimetre cables will be laid in a shallow trench spanning 60 … Continue reading Wind energy for Yorke Peninsula

SA to benefit from “Victorian Government decision to introduce tough new guidelines”

With the Victorian government blocking some of the best wind resource in the state from further development, other states stand to benefit from the jobs, investment and land holder income that will come with wind farms. As the SA Premier said in the article below, SA was now “in the box seat for future wind power development”. The article further notes “Further wind farm development is expected in SA following the Victorian Government decision to introduce tough new guidelines for the generators”. From the Advertiser, journalist Greg Kelton. $1.3bn turbine deal to power 225,000 homes A $1.3 BILLION wind farm … Continue reading SA to benefit from “Victorian Government decision to introduce tough new guidelines”

‘Wind’s $10 million local injection’

The following comes from the Yass Tribune. The Clean Energy Council’s Policy Director Russell Marsh has welcomed figures released by energy company Suzlon, which show around $10 million was spent on local suppliers in Bungendore and the surrounding region during the construction of the Capital Wind Farm. Suzlon was responsible for the sourcing and construction of turbines for the wind farm, and the company says the large amount of investment directed into the local area shows the strong community benefits from such projects. Suzlon worked closely with a group called the Industry Capability Network to ensure local suppliers and services … Continue reading ‘Wind’s $10 million local injection’

building community support for wind energy in NSW

[please scroll down for the diary from the road trip] Federal Member for Hume Alby Schultz is pushing to stop all proposed wind farms in the electorate of Hume in NSW. This will have serious implications for regional economies in Hume and, more broadly, the environment as it would lock off a large area which is very suitable ‘wind country’. Hume is largely a mixed agricultural economy, with strong farming traditions based on mixed farming, grazing, fat lambs, fruit, vegetables, wine, timber and textiles. Wind farming can add significant direct income to these practises. ‘wind supporters’ field trip to Yass, … Continue reading building community support for wind energy in NSW