SA Wind Farm War: AFL CEO – Gillon McLachlan – Launches Litigation Against NZ’s Trustpower

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SA’s wind farm warriors recruit 5 Star General: Gillon McLachlan.


New Zealand’s Trustpower love throwing their weight around – provided the targets of their violence and thuggery are 79 Year Old Pensioners and Disabled Farmers.

Now, these delightful characters have a real fight on their hands.

Gillon McLachlan is as well-heeled as he is passionate about his beloved property, Rosebank – the magnificent range of Hills in which it nestles, and the thriving communities that surround and support it.

Back in December, Gillon pitched in with a well-delivered plea to the Mid-Murray DAP to knock back Trustpower’s ludicrous proposal to carpet 114 of these things all over the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges:

AFL’s CEO – Gillon McLachlan Hammers the ‘Desecration of his Country’ & the ‘Extreme Community Division’ Caused by Wind Farms

With the stinky little DAP predictably rubber-stamping the application, Gillon has now thrown his considerable resources into the battle, along with a hundred or so others, with an Appeal launched in South Australia’s planning appeal court, the Environment, Resources & Development Court. Here’s SA’s local Sunday rag’s take on the unfolding war against the threatened destruction of SA’s iconic Mount Lofty Ranges and the dozens of communities that those fertile hills sustain.

AFL boss’s bid to ban wind turbines near his farm
Sunday Mail
Ben Hyde
31 January 2016

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has launched court action over the approval of a massive wind farm on the doorstep of his family’s historic Rosebank property, near Mt Pleasant.

Mr McLachlan has appealed against the approval of the $700 million wind farm, to feature 114 turbines standing up to 165m high dotted along the ranges between Palmer, Tungkillo and Sanderston.

The appeal is listed against wind farm developers Trustpower, the Mid Murray Council, Environment Protection Agency, the Planning Department and the Environment Minister.

A preliminary conference is scheduled to be heard in the Environment, Resources and Development Court by Commissioner Lolita Mohyla at 3.30pm tomorrow.

Mr McLachlan’s is one of four appeals filed against the wind farm, which was approved by the Mid Murray Council’s development assessment panel on December 18. He yesterday declined to comment about the appeal.

In December, he submitted a video message to the development assessment panel opposing the wind farm being built.

“Even if it were to be conclusively established wind farms do not produce health problems, it’s annoying and affects quality of life,” he said.

“I was frankly heartbroken that this land will be forever marred by enormous man-made structures.”

Mr McLachlan also said any wind farm would cause significant damage to the land, would hinder potential tourism opportunities and “cause extreme division in the community”.

Rosebank, a prominent and historic sheep station east of Mt Pleasant, was pioneered in 1843 by Scottish-born landowner George Melrose, whose descendants include the McLachlan family.

The Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges Landscape Guardians, on behalf of up to 90 residents in the region, have also appealed against the development. They are scheduled for a preliminary conference in the ERD Court in mid-February.

During an ERD Court preliminary conference, the parties discuss how they would like the court proceedings to occur. This could include through continued negotiations, mediation or by trial or hearing.

Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges Landscape Guardians chair Tony Walker said opponents felt the approval process was unjust. “We believe that the whole process failed to give any weight to the objectors,” he said. “There is a lot of opposition — from the little man on the ground and from people with more resources.”

Numerous people living near wind farms have claimed they cause health problems, including severe headaches and disrupted sleep patterns.

However, the National Health and Medical Research Council issued a report last year that found there was “currently no consistent evidence that wind farms cause adverse health effects in humans” — but said there was a need for more in-depth research.

Mr Walker said those opposed to the development were prepared for a fight. “We’ve been fighting for almost five years (and) it’s a fight that could go on for years, depending on who blinks first,” he said. “(But) it’s worth fighting for.”
Sunday Mail

If Ben Hyde truly believes there’s nothing to complaints about living with incessant turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound, he should get out more.

Starting with a look at the Federal Senate Inquiry Report, that excoriated the corruption and bias of the NHMRC-  an outfit peopled by wind industry plants, that ignores almost every relevant piece of wind turbine acoustic research and, instead, relies on the musings of a former tobacco advertising guru, who claims noise induced sleep deprivation suffered by wind farm neighbours is all in their heads:

NHMRC Fails Science 101 in Continued Wind Farm Health Cover Up

Ben might also jump in a set of wheels and head for Jamestown, where he can meet with Clive and Trina Gare, cattle graziers in SA’s Mid-North.

Since October 2010, the Gares have played host to 19, 2.1MW Suzlon S88 turbines, which sit on a range of hills to the West of their stately homestead. Under their contract with AGL they receive around $200,000 a year; and have pocketed over $1 million since the deal began.

In a remarkable move, the Gares gave evidence to the Senate Inquiry into the great wind power fraud during its Adelaide hearing, in June 2015. Any journalist worth their salt would start by taking a look at what they told a Federal Senate Committee about ‘the worst decision of their lives’:

SA Farmers Paid $1 Million to Host 19 Turbines Tell Senate they “Would Never Do it Again” due to “Unbearable” Sleep-Destroying Noise

When farmers being paid $200,000 a year to host these things complain bitterly about sleep deprivation as a regular event, then STT is pretty much satisfied that the noise and vibration generated by turbines is causing what the World Health Organisation has considered to be an adverse health effect in and of itself (for over 60 years).

What Gillon McLachlan is about to tackle is willful ignorance and institutional corruption – of precisely the kind that resulted in the decision to approve the construction of 114 of these things, shoe-horned into hundreds of backyards, all over the prettiest and most productive part of the Adelaide Hills.

What makes the DAP’s decision all the more ridiculous is that South Australians are already paying the highest power prices in Australia (if not the World on a purchasing power parity basis) with a grid on the brink of collapse.

It’s been almost a decade since SA’s Labor Party shackled itself to wind power: a wholly weather dependent power source; that’s intermittent and unreliable, requiring 100% of it’s capacity to be backed-up 100% of the time by conventional power generators; that, accordingly, has NO commercial value (save the massive power consumer and/or taxpayer subsidies it attracts); kills millions of birds and bats; and, with the incessant low-frequency noise and infrasound it generates, drives people mad in their homes, or drives them out of them altogether.

It takes a certain kind of fool to believe that SA’s energy disaster can be improved by backing more of the same. But SA’s public institutions are drenched in deluded Labor (green/left) ideology; and peopled by lunatics who wouldn’t know the first thing about power generation (or much else, really).

Gillon McLachlan and his compatriots are about to hit them with a solid dose of common sense and a mountain of facts. The Battle has begun.


Gillon McLachlan’s beloved Rosebank: where the Battle begins.


About stopthesethings

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


  1. Keith Staff says:

    The wind industry can be accused of FRAUD,
    fraud can easily be defined: ‘ the supplying of misleading information in the process of making financial gain.’

  2. Crispin Trist says:

    I congratulate Gillon McLachlan for taking a stand against this despicable industry that is rolling out unchecked across the planet. It MUST be stopped before anymore communities are destroyed. The space and lifestyle that Australia enjoys is becoming so increasingly rare on this crowded planet that we are going to have to stand up to protect it from greedy developers who have other plans for your backyard. And they don’t give a sh#t about your health or any future plans that you may have for yourself, your family, or your most valuable asset, your home!

    ‘YOU’ are just in ‘THEIR’ way!

    Don’t make the same mistake that other communities have already made. Stand up and fight before it is too late. One wind farm looks much the same as any other. They are destroying community identity or sense of place on a MASSIVE scale. Unless the likes of Gillon McLachlan take a stand. This will not stop.

    Wind turbines are already dotted along the south coast of Australia like some gigantic razor wire fence between the land and the sea. The only reason there are gaps in this master plan is because people and communities have stood up and said NO!

    TV presenter Noel Edmunds is a household name to many in the UK. What some people may not know is that ever since his home in Devon was threatened by Wind Turbines, he has been actively involved in starting the Renewable Energy Foundation. It exposes the wind industry, but does stand up for other renewables that don’t get a look in. Link below…

  3. Jackie Rovensky says:

    Hopefully this action will awaken those slumbering in a state of delusion.
    Hopefully it will mean no more landowners will be fooled into signing not only their lives and livelihoods away but those of their neighbours also.
    Without people signing to ‘host’ these things none can be installed.
    Everyone of them who has signed needs to be honest and stand up and explain their actions to their neighbours and former friends.
    Maybe these court actions will bring them from the woodwork where they can be seen for what they are ‘worms’.
    If actions are being prepared in other States then it will be an even stronger event, one which cannot be ignored by the Governments or their ‘sponsors’.
    No ‘hosts’, no Government support, no hiding adds up to no turbines.
    Court cases are rare because the companies and Governments ensure it will be a massive expense for those who seek justice, one which too many cannot afford and this is what our Governments at all levels who are meant to work on OUR behalf rely on – Mr McLachlan can afford to fight his case – and others in the area of this project are willing to help fund another.
    Maybe those citizens who have been slumbering will come to realise their Governments are going to be spending THEIR money in defending an illegitimate industry, an industry with no credentials to claim these turbines will reduce air pollution, provide a secure, reliable energy source in a financially viable manner at a reduced cost to the end user.
    Governments will now have to prove what they are funding is worthy, what they support is worthy and will not be detrimental to public health and/or the environment.
    Hopefully the general public will come to realise not only are our Governments supporting and funding this industry they are doing it to the detriment of the environment and people they are there to look after, the people who rely on them to ensure their safety and wellbeing.
    Hopefully they will put pressure on the Governments to prove they are not simply shoring up an industry that cannot prove its worth, and are not doing it in the name of trying to ‘save face’ internationally because of someone signing a document without first ensuring what they were signing was achievable in a safe and economic manner to the benefit of the nation, its people and environment.

  4. Reblogged this on Climatism.


    Imposing in there hundreds,
    Such an army on display,
    Those alien grey metal monsters
    I saw while on my way.
    Aliens on our shores have landed,
    So tall, backs straight and true,
    At night they watch through flashing eyes
    Of red, at me and you.

    Some have scaled the mountains,
    Others near schools and homes,
    Of one thing I am certain,
    Those aliens have no souls.
    No “whispering” from their ranks at all,
    An unearthly sound they make,
    It envelops each and everyone,
    No more can humans take.

    Three giant arms revolving,
    Enveloping all around,
    They’re here to ‘save the planet’,
    The biggest “con” I have found.
    Such hideous tall grey monsters,
    Invade green and pleasant lands,
    To stay for generations,
    Unless the people make a stand.

    These aliens feed on power and wind,
    Without either, they will die,
    They’re NOT environmental friendly,
    They’re for profit, (at a cost), that’s WHY.

  6. This is exciting news! I’m happy for all who will benefit from this.
    We need a champion here in Ontario who is willing and able to legally challenge this dreadful incursion on our rural communities.

  7. Terry Conn says:

    The NHMRC needs to be joined in this litigation — two things stand out for serious challenge, firstly the conflicts of interest that exist within members of the ‘board’ and secondly the rigging of the ‘criteria’ used in determining what scientific studies were allowed in for scrutiny which removed the issue from ‘public health’ to ‘clinical ‘ procedures (a starting point summary is in my submission to the senate inquiry).

  8. E Griffiths says:

    Convicted terrorists have more human rights than law abiding citizens living in their own homes. Subjecting terrorists to torture is VERBOTEN.

    The fact that willfully ignorant politicians and decision makers allow law abiding people to be tortured in their own homes by infrasonic and audible noise emissions from industrial wind farms, without any comeback on them or the developers, is an utter disgrace.

    Those politicians and planning committees, whose policies and planning decisions make construction of wind farms possible, are all complicit in the state institutionalised torture of all the wind farm neighbours whose lives and/or health have been damaged by implements of torture (industrial wind farms).

    I hope Gillon makes this fact abundantly clear in the forthcoming battle … may the best man win 🙂

  9. Stand against wind says:

    I hope this has Queensland’s Deputy Premier Jackie Trad quaking – along with her band of useless bureaucrats who made sure the Mount Emerald wind farm was approved with the worst permit conditions in Australia. And they have now revised the permit conditions at the request of the developers, RATCH and Port Bajool, but refuse to provide them to affected residents. The evidence is massing for a legal fight up here in QLD too.

  10. Noel Dean says:

    Go Gillon! If the sound is measured in SA anything like Victoria, just ask the regulator in court to explain how the noise standard is enforced; and how the noise experienced is measured? Including consideration for SACs. And present the international wind test results for multiple turbines, identifying the range of dB for the uncertainty in a delta situation for the prediction of sound occurring within the noise contour map. That contains allowance for SACs and accommodates the tonality that turbines produce, as well consideration for the extra noise operating turbines make, over and above that when the turbines are not operating. It is a legal requirement to identify the difference using on off testing. Gillon should also request that one-off testing results also be provided for noise during the night time period, around 2oclock in the morning. Good luck. Shirt front the conniving buggers.

    Noel Dean

  11. I hope Gillon succeeds in his legal action. This rotten wind industry has only got away with what it has because of community division, the inability of locals to see beyond the dollars and the sympathy of city dwellers who don’t understand the issues and are were systemically brainwashed by pro-wind propaganda. The victims are the so-called “vociferous minority” who are left to face financial ruin, and to see their former rural lifestyle turn into a spinning sonic mess – not to mention all those symptoms and health impacts that follow,

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