Queenslanders kill Dalveen Fan Plan

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Warwick Council delivers Dalveen from a date with turbine terror.

A well orchestrated effort by Queenslanders has just killed plans for fans at Dalveen, south of Warwick.

Dalveen is in God’s own Country, on the western side of the Dividing Range and around 200km from the Gold Coast.

Here’s the local rag’s take on another win for common sense.

People power pulls pin on energy plan
Warwick Daily News
Alistair Brightman
31 October 2013

PEOPLE power prospered in the Southern Downs Council’s Warwick chamber yesterday when councillors sided with more than 200 Dalveen residents and voted against the proposal for a large renewable energy facility in Dalveen.

Southern Downs Council officers had recommended the 444.4 hectare facility, which features eight wind turbines, a solar farm, a back up generator and has the ability to power 2201 homes with no emissions, for approval.

However the residents concerns, outlined in 56 objections and a petition with 205 signatures, of health, environmental impacts, noise problems and the impact on the amenity of the area trumped the council officers’ detailed 45 page report and assurances it would not create an issue.

Planning and environment director Ken Harris had barely finished explaining the report to the councillors when Cr Jamie Mackenzie stood up and announced he was against the application.

“I have no objections to alternative energy, there are plenty of windmills around the region,” Cr Mackenzie said.

“But this is nothing like a single windmill on a farm. If we are going to have a wind farm let it be in a windy isolated area of the region.”

Cr Mackenzie also argued the renewable energy facility was against the council’s planning scheme. It was not just Cr Mackenzie against the facility with each councillor having their own reasons for the plan to be refused.

Cr Pennisi said he was concerned about the impact the wind turbines would have on the native bees in the area.

“I don’t have the appetite to take the risk,” he said. “There is no scientific evidence that says the bees are not affected by these wind turbines and these little critters are very important to existing industries in our region. Until someone sits in front of me and says it won’t affect them I won’t be supporting wind turbines.”

For deputy mayor Ross Bartley it was the noise impact that set him against the facility.

“It is difficult to measure how much noise the turbines will create in every circumstance,” he said. “I realise we have taken expert advice but I am still concerned about it.”

Cr Jo McNally had reservations about the health impacts and like Cr Pennisi said she needed more scientific evidence before she could vote in favour of a wind turbine farm.
Warwick Daily News

Hats off, Warwick!

No doubt the Criterion did a roaring trade after the victory.

Even Trigger was in the mood for a party. What’s that Trigger, not keen on giant fans?  We hear you boy, no-one in their right mind is.

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XXXX – in Queensland it means “beer”.

About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.

Comments

  1. Good on you people at Dalveen. The people that live in a place should have the say of what goes on and what is put up. It is great to see your Council backed you all up – that is more than what the Western Downs Regional Council is doing for us at the proposed Coopers Gap Wind Farm.

    The Western Downs Regional Council can only see Dollars and could not care less about its Citizens’ health or well being from wind turbines – which make s**t loads of noise, infrasound and low frequency noise. A lot of turbine hosts and neighbours have to go away from their homes for two or three days and nights a week, just to get much needed sleep. This happens all over the world. Sleep deprivation has serious health impacts that are recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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