All Australians are invited to participate in the statutory review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) that commenced on 29th October 2019. The review will look at how the EPBC Act has been operating, and any changes needed for Australia to support ecologically sustainable development into the future. Copy the … Continue reading EPBC Act Review-2020
28th July 2020 Jackson Graham, The Standard- http:www.standard.net.au https://www.standard.net.au/story/6854065/council-calls-to-set-back-wind-farm-five-kilometres-from-town/ (Subscriber) FURTHER AWAY: A Hawkesdale community group, backed by Moyne Shire, is seeking a five kilometre set back for a proposed 26 turbine wind farm with 180-metre tall structures near the town. A PROPOSED Hawkesdale wind farm could restrain nearby future growth unless set back at … Continue reading Moyne Shire Council Calls To Set Back Hawkesdale Wind Farm Five Kilometres From Town
Source: https://delwp-internet-m5.clients.squiz.net/__data/assets/pdf_file/0028/97561/AN35-Amendment-VC78-Wind-Energy-Facility-Provisions-Clause-52.32.pdf Amendment VC78 - Wind energy facility provisions – Clause 52.32 - March 2011 This Advisory Note provides information about changes to the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP) and all planning schemes made by Amendment VC78. What does Amendment VC78 do? Amendment VC78 changes: • Clause 19.01-1 of the State Planning Policy Framework (SPPF) to … Continue reading Amendment VC78 Wind Energy-2011
By Dr Michael Crawford — 6th November 2016 Abstract The substantial body of empirical research now available on wind farm visual impact (VI), from very credible and impartial teams, shows a consistent and essentially linear relationship between turbine height, distance and wind farm VI. For any degree of VI (such as the zone of visual … Continue reading What Empirical Research has Established about Wind Farm Visual Impact-2016
'The categorisation “minor” camouflages major concessions made by a responsible public official and senior Victorian Government Minister to an industry which is knowingly and deliberately harming rural residents with acoustic pollution from wind turbines. VC113 will inevitably and predictably result in more widespread and severe abuses of human rights, particularly the torture of wind project neighbours from prolonged sleep deprivation.'
'Proposed state wind farm conditions outlined in Eudunda this month has left a core group feeling like they have been "thrown under a bus", despite some positive changes'.
'Moyne Council will also write to the state government asking it to adopt a five-kilometre setback between a wind farm and a township or city boundary, to preserve amenity and opportunities for urban growth'-Article The Standard. The council has previously determined to oppose any more wind farms in the shire until the state government adopts a range of the commissioner's recommendations.
In April 2018, the three projects were "called in" by the Victorian Planning Minister, Richard Wynne, at the request of the City of Greater Shepparton, which did not feel it had relevant planning guidelines to give approval to the projects. Using the projects as an example, the Minister then appointed a planning panel to develop new solar planning guidelines for the state. In July this year, the Government released new planning guidelines for large-scale solar farms. The guidelines were introduced to encourage investment and provide certainty for councils and developers around acceptable outcomes for land, communities and the environment. Now, just weeks before the new guidelines are set to be adopted, the Minister has used the old guidelines to approve the three projects.
Highly paid environmental consultants used during wind farm planning assessments, can hardly be independent, when their aim is getting proposed wind farms approved, usually at great economic and social costs to rural environments and communities. Through consultations and visiting wind farms, the Australian Wind Farm Commissioner grasps that the wind industry is destroying many areas … Continue reading Wind Farm Bird Kills ‘Should Be Revealed’
Wind Plan needs scrutiny. 22 January 2019 Alex Ford, The Ballarat Courier The state government may have contradicted its own planning advice by approving the Golden Plains wind farm, lawyers say. The state government's environmental effects and planning assessment report for the project states "no other wind farm in Victoria has been approved with such … Continue reading Golden Plains Wind Farm Planning Contradiction