Victorian 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:
This article is from the Warrnambool Standard. 25/2/2012 TWO controversial wind farm developments at Hawkesdale and Yambuk ha ve been approved by Planning Minister Matthew Guy after months of negotiation. Spanish proponents Union Fenosa announced yesterday that work on the two sites w ould start as early as next month, ahead of state government reforms of the renewable energy sector. More than $500 million will be pumped into the two projects, one which is located in farmland south-east of Hawkesdale and the other between Yambuk and Orford. Union Fenosa managing director Domingo Asuero said the company would provide site possession … Continue reading Minister approves Hawkesdale, Yambuk wind farms
In late August, the Baillieu government implemented new planning rules which place large sections of Victoria off-limits to wind farm developments through the creation of No Go zones, and set in place a 2 kilometre ‘right of veto’, whereby a single household can block any turbines within 2 kilometres of their home. Planning Minister Matthew Guy said he did not believe the two kilometre set-back policy would stop developers investing in wind energy Victoria. Premier Ted Baillieu has also rejected suggestions the changes would harm the wind farm industry. However, the facts of the matter suggest otherwise. Already we have … Continue reading What is the real cost of Ted Baillieu’s wind energy policy?
The following comes from the Warrnambool Standard. As its notes in the article, these projects would constitute $430 million worth of investment in renewable energy infrastructure, jobs, and business opportunities. This is now potentially lost to the region. Previously, the Coalition government has said it is “powerless” to control the biggest expansion of wind energy in Victoria’s history, with 1,322 new turbines planned across 28 developments that have already received planning approval by the last state government. The Hawkesdale and Yambuk projects are amongst this list of previously approved projects. This opens the possibility of other developments being knocked back … Continue reading Planning Minister “killing off $430 million worth of proposed investment”
This article comes from the Warrnambool Standard. Journalist Alexandra Weaver. $1.78bn wind farm investment for south-west CORANGAMITE MP Darren Cheeseman has described the renewable energy industry as the south-west’s most important jobs and investment driver. His comments follow a new investment statement from Union Fenosa Wind Australia that reveals the company is planning to spend $1.78 billion on local wind farms. Its projects are tipped to create 650 construction jobs and 83 ongoing positions within the region once complete and will have a total generation capacity of 904 megawatts. Three of the five sites, Berrybank, Hawkesdale and Ryan Corner near … Continue reading ‘$1.78bn wind farm investment for south-west’
The following comes from the Warrnambool Standard. Alexandra Weaver, 07 Apr, 2011 Firm tests the breeze THE company behind a new wind farm planned at Tarrone is roaming the area this week to source local views on the project. Union Fenosa hopes to build 20 turbines across a 1100-hectare site about 25 kilometres north of Port Fairy. Staff yesterday began a three-day doorknock of homes within five kilometres of proposed towers and intend to factor any issues raised by residents into the wind farm’s layout. Union Fenosa development manager Tom Mitchell said a planning application for the project would be … Continue reading consultation underway for Tarrone wind project
The following is a re-post of an article in the Australian Financial Review, which has put a cat amongst the Coalition government pigeons. The Minister has finally responded to industry concerns, which have been on the public record for many months now. The claim by some renewable energy companies that they may be forced to leave the state or start new projects elsewhere if the Coalition enacted its wind farm policy was made last year after the November election, see for instance this item on Portland wind tower manufacturer Keppel Prince. As Keppel Prince general manager Steve Garner said again … Continue reading Vic government finally responds to wind industry concerns