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The anti-wind farm group, the ‘Waubra’ Foundation, has ignored a community request to stop using the town’s name. For the time being, the quaint town in western Victoria will continue to be tarnishing by the anti-wind farm scare campaign.
The Foundation informed the community of their decision to keep ‘Waubra’ in its title in a statement released late on Monday (16 December, 2013) afternoon.
According the the statement which makes the group sound somewhat like a religious cult, “The name Waubra Foundation is established and is revered by victims of wind projects worldwide.” What was their rationale for ignoring the community? They say a name change would “halt their momentum”–probably a good thing given the lack of evidence supporting their claims of a wind turbine noise disease and the impact of fear mongering.
How has the Waubra community responded to the news? Continue reading “Request Denied – Locals react to anti-wind group’s decision to keep name”
The anti-wind farm group, the Waubra Foundation, have rejected a community request to stop using the town’s name.
The petition signed by 316 residents and people with strong links to the town was delivered to the Foundation in November. The petition shows the community has made strong attempt to reclaim their name.
“Now Waubra Foundation has decided to ignore the petition, it’s time for politicians to throw their weight behind the local push to reclaim Waubra from anti-wind farm campaigners,” said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth’s renewable energy spokesperson.
“Waubra Foundation office holders live between 122-793km from Waubra. Such vast distances make a mockery of their use of the town’s name. If the Foundation won’t respect the wishes of locals, then that leaves politicians to intervene.”
“Does Premier Denis Napthine think it’s acceptable for an anti-wind farm campaign group to co-opt a town’s name for their own ideological purposes?” Continue reading “Time for politicians to back Waubra townfolk after anti-wind group ignores community petition to reclaim name”
In September, independent filmmaker Neil Barrett released a short documentary presenting the views of people living near one of Australia’s largest wind farms, located in Waubra, Victoria. The personal accounts Mr Barrett documents in The Way the Wind Blows demonstrates … Continue reading Waubra Wednesday #11 – Locals tell their story about wind energy
Senator John Madigan is well-known for his anti-wind farm crusade. The Senator was lauded by the fringe website Stop These Things as a key speaker at an anti-wind farm rally that flopped in Canberra last June.
Earlier this week, Senator Madigan received a visit from representatives of the Waubra community who are calling on the anti-wind lobby group, the ‘Waubra’ Foundation, to give their town’s name back.
The real Waubra community hand delivered Senator Madigan a copy of the 300-strong petition supporting the case for reclaiming the name.
“We are pleased that the Senator listened to our plea and understood how strongly we feel about Waubra’s good name,” said Waubra resident Kerryn Gallagher. “We are passionate about our town and it hurts when this group drags our name through the mud.” Continue reading “Pollie Watch: Petition to reclaim Waubra name hand delivered to Sen Madigan”
On 1 November 2013, the Waubra community ramped up its campaign to reclaim its name from an anti-wind farm lobby group. They sent an petition of 316 signatures, including 179 from the local area, to the Waubra Foundation asking them to stop using the town’s name.
More than two weeks on and the Waubra community are still waiting for a formal response. This is despite the fact that foundation chief executive Sarah Laurie has acknowledged the petition during a radio interview.
Waubra residents are, quite rightly, disappointed by the foundation’s silence.
“The Waubra community is passionate to have our name back and we’re very determined to see this process through,” said local resident, Karen Molloy.
“After such a groundswell of support from the Waubra community, we’re disappointed at the lack of a formal response from the foundation to our request.” Continue reading “Waubra Wednesday #10 – Community ignored by anti-wind farm group”
On 1 November 2013, the Waubra community ramped up its campaign to reclaim its name from an anti-wind farm lobby group known as the Waubra Foundation.
Fed up with the town’s name being tarnished by claims of a ‘Waubra disease‘, community leaders have sent a petition with 316 signatures to the anti-wind farm organisation asking them to stop using town’s name. Yes 2 Renewables applaud the community’s effort on the issue.
“Waubra is associated with wind towers. We don’t mind that,” Waubra wind farmer Doug Hobson told The Courier. “With the turbines people actually take more notice of our town as they pass through.
“But when you Google ‘Waubra’ the first thing that comes up is something negative about our town. People would think that everyone in Waubra doesn’t like wind farms, and that is not the case,” Hobson added.
The petition was sent to the Waubra Foundation just days after they announced more anti-wind farm campaigners to positions in the organisation, such as retired Liberal MP Alby Schultz who is slated to lobby the Abbott government. Yes 2 Renewables commented on the appointments at Climate Spectator.
It’s clear the Waubra Foundation has no credible claim to use the town’s name. Yet will the Foundation heed the wishes of community members or will it ignore them? Time will tell. For now, Yes 2 Renewables will keep an eye on the situation.
In September, independent filmmaker Neil Barrett released a short documentary presenting the views of people living near one of Australia’s largest wind farms, located in Waubra, Victoria. The personal accounts Mr Barrett documents in The Way the Wind Blows demonstrates there is strong support … Continue reading Waubra Wednesday #8 – Locals tell their story about wind energy
Well known anti-wind farm campaign group, the Waubra Foundation, has announced several more wind energy opponents to official positions. The move shows the Waubra Foundation is not an impartial authority on matters of human health.
It also illustrates that their views on the Cherry Tree Range wind farm proposed for Trawool, currently before VCAT, fail the independence test and can’t be trusted.
Retired Liberal MP Alby Schultz was announced as ‘Patron to the Foundation’. Schultz has a track record of bagging the wind energy sector in the Parliament and attended an anti-wind rally at Parliament House in June.
Appointing people with a background of involvement with anti-wind farm campaigns comes as no surprise and further undermines the Foundation’s claim to be independent and trustworthy on wind energy and health. Continue reading “Appointments show Waubra Foundation can’t be trusted”