Turbine noise goes on trial 3rd August, 2021 By Sentinel Times, https://sgst.com.au/2021/08/turbine-noise-goes-on-trial/ Six years on, the dispute over whether or not the Bald Hills Wind Farm is operating within its planning conditions is yet to be decided but any decision made by the Supreme Court next month will come too late for some. THE operators … Continue reading Bald Hills Wind Turbine Noise
Key changes wanted to $2bn wind farm 23rd December, 2020 By Chad Van Estrop, Geelong Advertiser THE developer of a $2bn wind farm planned for northwest of Geelong wrote to landowners telling them it wanted to expand the project before Australia’s highest court decided it could proceed. The 228-turbine Golden Plains wind farm at Rokewood … Continue reading $2bn Wind Farm; Permit Changes?
'One approved windfarm with 31 turbines is less than 2km from Hawkesdale’s town centre...'
8th October, 2020 Credit: papernews.com.au Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien is chalking up a victory for Alberton residents opposed to a planned wind farm as a win for “the battlers”. Mr O’Brien was commenting after the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) ruled that the wind farm’s proponent Synergy Wind had breached planning guidelines in … Continue reading Win For ‘Battlers’ In Wind Farm Fight
"The collateral damage experienced by innocent farmers and residents throughout the Moyne Shire will only become evident once more people realise the bad decision that was made to actually turn our beautiful agricultural, rural and coastal shire into a wind farm industrial zone," -Viva-Lyn Lenehan
State government firm on approving wind farms on 'merits' as Moyne Shire doubles down on opposing current planning approach 30th August, 2020 By Jackson Graham, The Standard https://www.standard.net.au/story/6901302/best-interest-of-all-state-firm-on-wind-farm-planning-as-shire-ramps-up-opposition/ IMPASSE: The state government says it is firm on approving wind farms on "merits" as Moyne Shire doubles down on opposing the current approach to planning. The … Continue reading State Gov. Approves Wind Farms On Merits.
'A group, including affected farmers, will take on planning minister Richard Wynne and the project's proponent West-wind Energy at trial after the $1.5 billion Golden Plains wind farm northwest of Geelong was ticked off by the state and federal governments.
Objector Hamish Cumming, and Rokewood farmers Adam Walton and Kellie Walton, who are also behind the challenge, say the number of turbines included in the project should be reduced from 228 to about 130 to protect the brolga bird that breed in the area.'-Chad Van Estrop-Geelong Advertiser.
'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.
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