“Come down here for a few nights – stay with us, stay with Jan Hetherington, stay with Ron Jelbart, stay with Louise and Simon Manifold, stay with Maria and Colin Linke – these are but a few of the people whose lives your company has RUINED already.
“We’ve had enough !!!!!! The last three nights and two days have been hell – that’s on top of all the other nights and days since the beginning of October.”
Scott Thomas is the general manager power development (and community relations) for AGL – he has been delegated to deal with complaints about Macarthur wind farm as Michael Fraser, MD, apparently won’t reply to any of correspondence from residents.
Amanda Shaw is in the Public Relations Department. Bernice Lockard is Fraser’s PA.
From: Ann Gardner
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 10:15 PM
To: Scott Thomas ; Amanda Shaw
Cc: Bernice Lockard
Subject: It’s time you came down here to experience
Dear Scott and Amanda,
The situation for so many of us living next to this wind farm of your company’s is just intolerable.
We are just at our wits end and the jolly thing has only just begun full operation. As I write this, the turbines are absolutely roaring next to us. Wonder how little sleep we’ll get tonight …
It’s about time you people who sit in your ivory towers in Sydney came down and stayed in our homes and experienced the absolute HELL your company is putting us through. It’s just a disgrace and all you can do is tell us to go and see the doctor.
Come down here for a few nights – stay with us, stay with Jan Hetherington, stay with Ron Jelbart, stay with Louise and Simon Manifold, stay with Maria and Colin Linke – these are but a few of the people whose lives your company has RUINED already.
We’ve had enough !!!!!! The last three nights and two days have been hell – that’s on top of all the other nights and days since the beginning of October.
And all you can do is keep on with your “spin” whether it be the rubbish about the fact that wind farms have been operating in Europe for 20 years without any problems – or go and see the doctor – or read Leventhal’s submission to the recent Senate report.
Get out of your ivory tower and stop trying to pull the wool over our eyes. You conned the people of this district with your spin but the truth is coming out now. And we DON’T LIKE IT.
This wind farm is going to explode … a visiting American professor who had been to wind farms all over the world said to us that “this is the wind farm the world has to have” as it’s just too big and too wrong.
Nobody has ever seen such a disgraceful scene as 140 turbines of this enormous size, in GRID FASHION. Usually they’re placed on ridge lines, but the cumulative impact of this monster will destroy it …
WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH. WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF AGL’s SPIN AND DECEIT.
I have just had a phone call, the story which is still to be confirmed, telling me that apparently one family is planning to leave the district, due to the impact on their young children. That’s nice isn’t it … the turbines have only been fully operational for a few weeks and it appears, not confirmed yet – that people have decided to go, before the damage is too great.
Scott, my husband Gus is often saying “I wonder how Scott Thomas would feel if his wife were affected in the shocking manner in which my wife has been impacted over the last few months, along with Jan Hetherington, Louise Manifold, to mention but a few of the people living near, but not necessarily next to this monster which is destroying us already”.
How would you like it if your wife couldn’t live in her home full time – how would you like it if your wife had to leave and sponge on friends, or family for a few days every week ? How would you like it if she was not well enough to be able to work at her job any more ? How would you like it if her employer forced her to work in an unsafe work place ?
We all just wonderd how you can work for such a company, being paid for destroying people’s lives … you must have a skin of leather.
We say, come and stay – come and experience what we’re having to put up with tonight, and last night and the night before – and yesterday, and the day before. Come and experience what I had to put up with trying to work in our sheep yards where I’ve worked for 33 years now, happily and healthily – and see how it feels for me now – trying to work feeling nausea, a tight chest, heart palpitations in conjunction with the ever present head pressure and extremely painful ears and nose.
Come and see what it’s really like for all of us here – I had a phone call from a neighbour tonight telling how he has trouble mustering sheep now due to the blade flicker – but oh no, in the panel we were told blade flicker wouldn’t be a problem. This was at the same time we were told “the wind farm would be LESS NOISIER than a normal working farm with machinery”.
How can you keep on with this “spin” when the truth is finally coming out.
There is a quote by Emile Zola which goes as follows –
“If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through, it will blow up everything in its way”.
We fully believe in this quote in this district, now, more than ever.
Come and stay and you’ll experience what hell we’re going through.
for and on behalf of all the affected residents around the Macarthur wind farm.