1,000 Sign Petition Against Mt Emerald Wind Farm: Survey says 92% Opposed

Mt Emerald Summary

The battle to prevent RATCH from getting planning approval for the disaster it proposes for Mount Emerald has reached fever pitch (see our post here).

Furious locals have produced a community petition and survey that shows the depth of opposition to the project and the manner in which the developer has ridden roughshod over a peaceful and thriving community. The survey shows 91.7% of locals are opposed to the project. The petition against the wind farm was signed by 1,000 of them. No surprises there.

The survey is available here.

It contains a range of survey comments from residents, including one from former owners of a property near the Windy Hill Wind Farm at Ravenshoe:

Strongly opposed, because we had to sell our family dairy farm at Ravenshoe as the noise from the windmills was debilitating and the constant bang bang was terrible to try and sleep with.”

Having escaped one sonic torture trap, they’re now threatened with another: they purchased a Rangeview property less than 5km from RATCH’s proposal. No wonder they’re angry.

With 91.7% of locals bitterly opposed to the project, common sense would suggest a polite withdrawal by the developer. Instead, however, RATCH has dipped into the standard book of wind industry lies and half-truths (we covered a few of them in this post). Not content with lying to the community, RATCH has sought to shut down criticism by the use of draconian gag clauses contained in land sale contracts between the developer (Port Bajool Pty Ltd) and locals (see our post here).

The battle is well and truly on, with Katter Australia Party State Member for Dalrymple, Shane Knuth taking up the cudgels on behalf of his constituents. Knuth tabled the community petition and survey results in Queensland Parliament and delivered this cracking speech.


Mount Emerald Wind Farm

Mr KNUTH (Dalrymple – KAP) (10.27 pm):

Many residents of my electorate are questioning and are very upset about the Mount Emerald wind farm development proposal by Ratch, a Thailand based company, over an area of prime residential and agricultural land on the Atherton Tablelands.

Residents’ views are not being heard by the state as they have been given no legal right to object or even make submissions. Residents have been forced to do their own survey, and I now table a summary of that survey with transparent objections.

Tabled paper: Community says ‘NO’ to the Mount Emerald Wind Turbines – Community Survey Results.

I also have in my hand nearly 300 survey forms, only 10 of which are in favour of this development. I also table a petition, bearing over 1,000 signatures, opposing this massive wind farm development.

Tabled paper: Non-conforming petition regarding the proposed Mount Emerald Wind Farm.

The community has overwhelmingly rejected this disaster in the making. It is a massive experiment over a prime wealthy farming area. Is the government intending to foist the development upon an unwilling public? Is the government listening? Nearly half of the survey respondents raised the issue of declining property values. Already, over $1.5 million has been wiped off property values in one lifestyle subdivision alone – a 30 per cent loss in some cases.

Ratch, a Thailand based company, hides behind Mount Emerald Wind Farm. It has made no commitment to the community, no commitment to compensation for lost property values, no commitment to compensation to ratepayers for road damage, no commitment to reimbursement of farmers for the losses incurred due to the inability to aerial spray and no commitment to residents suffering adverse health effects. Ratch has not assessed the economic loss to this farming community at all. Will the government take responsibility for this mess? These factors need to be taken into consideration before any decision is made.

Ratch is intending to subject residents to industrial noise much higher than would be allowed for any other project in rural Queensland. Questions are not being answered. Will residents be able to sleep?

Council experts advised council to refuse the project and said that susceptible residents two to three kilometres away would be affected, and at greater distances also.

This also puts the 1,200 Lotus Glen Correctional Centre inmates and staff right in the firing line. Will the government shut down the turbines or close the prison facility when there are noise problems?

There are already two approved wind farm developments in Far North Queensland. Why would the government approve a third at huge cost to the community for very little benefit?

This project will provide power only when the wind blows and massively increase electricity prices. The subsidies are ripped from electricity users pockets’ while profits are paid to foreign owned corporations.

If the government wants green power, then it should support the Tully Millstream hydro -real power – baseload which has the support of the community. Many thousands of people live and work in the 10 kilometres of the project. This project will do a number of things -decrease property value, impact on prime agricultural land and increase electricity costs whilst profits go overseas according to the LNP senator – (Time expired)
Shane Knuth
(Member for Dalrymple)

Mt Emerald Steve Lavis & Shane Knuth

Steve Lavis, Spokesperson Tablelands Wind Turbine Action (left)
& Shane Knuth, Member for Dalrymple (right)

About stopthesethings

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


  1. The survey shows clearly we do not wish the wind turbines in our area, we oppose these things so which part of the “don’t want” don’t they understand. When is the power and greed going to stop.

  2. Ratch has surveyed only 17 residents within 5km of its proposed monstrosity. These residents with limited resources have done what Ratch refused to do… find out what the views of the local residents are. It’s time for Ratch to admit this project is a mistake and pack up its bags and go back home to Thailand.

  3. Jackie Rovenksy says:

    Well done those who organised and collected the signatures, well done Shane Knuth. The more people respond to outrages such as the Mount Emerald proposal, the more likely those in authority will begin to listen. ‘Nocebo’ has been debunked by Preliminary findings from Cape Bridgewater. This project should be stopped now, because they now have evidence of dangers which they have been told about for a long time – the Company and those who give it sanction could be held accountable for the damage it does to lives and livelihoods. A saying which rings loudly is ‘Better safe than sorry’.

  4. Jennifer Disley (Pro Hydro) says:

    Pro Hydro

    How many people can we get to follow up on this wonderfully honest article, to contact Deputy Premier Seeney (Qld) and make him understand the locals’ real fears. Time and again from around the world residents speak out about the negative effects of living near turbines. The difference today is that these are not just the small 1 MW turbines of old, but monster 3 + MW turbines that are creating serious impacts wherever they are installed. Deputy Premier Seeney, folks. Write to him post haste as he is making a decision soon.


  1. […] Surely that charge can’t stick to each and every one of the 1,000 who signed the petition against the Mt Emerald wind farm proposal in Far North QLD – and the 92% of locals there who are bitterly opposed to it (see our post here)? […]

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