Australian Wind Lobby Joins Massive Opposition to Threatened Jupiter Wind Farm

They’re just the ‘welcoming’ committee …

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Nothing generates more hatred and bitter community division than a wind farm.

While all eyes are on Australia’s brewing energy catastrophe and the Large-Scale RET that caused it, it’s easy to forget that the battle against the great wind power fraud is still being fought town by town and community by community, in the bush.

If anything, the fact that the majority of Australians have turned on subsidised wind power – the cause of rocketing power prices, widespread blackouts and routine load shedding in South Australia – has only served to make rural communities living with, or threatened by, giant industrial wind turbines angrier still.

Tarago and Mt Fairy is just one such community, nestled on the rolling hills of the southern Tablelands of New South Wales. Community defenders there have mounted a furious opposition to the threat by Spanish outfit, EPYC to spear 88 of these things into the ranges near Lake Bathurst, Tarago, Mayfield, Boro, Mount Fairy and Manar.

Proving that the community’s hatred of these things is equally matched by their persistence and tenacity, locals have been on a war footing since June 2014 – Jupiter wind farm threat sends locals into orbit – with no sign of relenting.

With the proposal about to be considered by the NSW Planning Department (as renowned for its incompetence as its corruption), community defenders have belted the Department with 536 submissions in opposition to the project.

The depth and strength that opposition comes as no surprise to STT. However, the real standout in this story is that one of the submissions opposing the project came from none other than Andrew Bray, who is the spin-doctor-in-chief for the Victorian Wind Alliance and the Australian Wind Alliance.

Record submissions and huge opposition to Jupiter Wind Farm proposal
Sydney Morning Herald
Georgina Connery
6 March 2017

The Jupiter wind farm proposal has attracted massive opposition and more submissions than any NSW renewables project, including the first formal objection ever made by the Australian Wind Alliance to a wind farm project.

During the exhibition period, which has now closed, about 600 submissions were received by the NSW Department of Planning.

Among the individual submissions, there were 536 against the wind farm and 38 in support of the joint Australian-Spanish venture which plans to install 88 turbines across 23 rural properties in Tarago.

To put the overwhelming response to the project into perspective, of the NSW wind farm proposals for Bango, Biala, Crookwell, Crudine Ridge and Collector in recent years, none received more than 150 total submissions.

Tarago resident Graham Hawk objected to the plan. He said its approval would ruin the scenic area and amenity of his home.

The swathe of submissions was in line with what is typically received for major development projects in Sydney.

During the Jupiter wind farm consultation, 10 of the organisation submissions were neither for nor against the proposal, 12 objected, however none advocated for the project.

Among the objecting organisations were the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council and the Australian Wind Alliance, in an unprecedented move formally objecting to a wind farm project.

“It was the first time and I hope the only time we will find ourselves objecting to a wind farm,” AWA National Coordinator Andrew Bray said.

The alliance’s submission stated the proponent’s “lack of flexibility and poor communications have unnecessarily raised the ire of many local residents”.

Flaws in the environmental assessment of noise and visual impacts, lack of consultation and not considering local planning controls plagued the proposal early on.

However Mr Bray said the major deficiency was the standard of consultation which resulted in a lack of trust and unnecessary hostility toward to the project, but also the broader renewables industry.

“To be honest in this case we see the engagement has been poor and it is very difficult to go back and fix a problem like that,” he said.

“Community engagement is done a lot more professionally and transparently these days. To see a project like this where the engagement was being done to a sub-standard level was incredibly disappointing and upsets the prospects for other good projects taking place. We were reluctant to oppose but we made the call. It is a bottom line issue for us.”

NSW Planning and Environment will assess the submissions and determine whether the proposal will be approved to progress in the coming weeks.
Sydney Morning Herald

Andrew Bray thinks tactical retreat better than total slaughter.

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Andrew Bray has, hitherto, occupied the position of ‘high priest’ among Australia’s dwindling wind cult. So there has to be some very compelling reason for him turning on his beloved?

What Andrew appears to have finally realised is that people in rural communities are not as naïve or gullible as him and his cronies would like to believe.

Why should people watch their lives and livelihoods destroyed all for the sake of a meaningless power source which cannot exist without massive and endless subsidies?

Ending up with a worthless and uninhabitable home; watching the value of a life’s work slashed to a pittance; all the while knowing that the wind industry has permeated and corrupted every level of government and every institution that ought to act to protect the Australian voting public, rather than the interests of Spanish wind power investors – secures a sense of seething rage amongst the wind industry’s real and potential victims.

Andrew Bray’s conversion is one that recognises that a tactical retreat is better than a strategic slaughter.

The tightknit community opposing the Jupiter proposal is led by a group of heavy-hitters, with political connections to people like local Federal Member, Angus Taylor.

Well disciplined and well-organised, this group presents a threat not only to the Jupiter proposal, but also represents an existential threat to the wind industry and the renewables rort, as a whole.

Andrew Bray might be a wind power zealot, but he appears capable of gauging the brewing political opposition to subsidised renewable energy; not just from those rural communities threatened by wind farms, but from industry, business and households across the country.

With One Nation threatening to drag the Liberal/National Coalition back to the right, and muddling moderate, Malcolm Turnbull unlikely to last much longer as PM, Australia’s LRET is facing an imminent mortal threat.

The scale and scope of the fury amongst the Tarago/Mt Fairy community provides political conservatives with just another good reason to kill off Australia’s renewable energy policy in its entirety. And there are plenty of Liberal and National backbenchers who need no encouragement in that respect.

In that light, Andrew Bray’s submission opposing the Jupiter proposal can be seen as an effort to ensure that the LRET continues without political interference.

From Andrew’s perspective as a highly-paid wind industry lobbyist, there is still a small fortune to be made, provided the LRET survives in its current form.

Perhaps he believes there are still opportunities out there, provided that communities are sparsely populated and/or their opposition is disorganised?

It could be that Andrew is looking to stop pushing wind power and start pushing large-scale solar? – which rarely raises an eyebrow in rural communities. With zealots it’s hard to tell what they’ll do next.

But, one thing is for certain, the furious folk from Jupiter have rattled him and his wind industry clients.

More power to Tarago and Mt Fairy’s community defenders! Keep fighting. We will prevail.

Angus Taylor MP connects with Jupiter’s community defenders.

About stopthesethings

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

Comments

  1. After 12 months and longer of co-operating and contributing to community consultations with Pacific Hydro, I have a problem accepting the Wind Alliance belief that such meetings may improve sub-standard behaviours of wind developers and operators; before and after construction of wind farms; or in any way improve public relations or create social licence to operate.

    For unknown reasons other than it was allowable, an Australian Wind Alliance member regularly attended Pacific Hydro’s Community Consultation Meetings at Cape Bridgewater and was privy to the sometimes personal discussions held between Pacific Hydro and residents like myself that are badly impacted by the sound, vibration and wind turbine signature issues emitted by Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm. She attended Steven Coopers presentations of his findings which confirmed those issues, yet like Pacific Hydro failed to display any empathy or support; nor had any solution based input at those meetings. The Australian wind Alliance has never supported rural communities that is, those of us, or the birds, bats or wildlife directly impacted by wind farm emissions.

    If wind proponents engagement with the community is to garner community support then it is essential for developers and the Alliance to listen to and heed independent Acousticians expert opinions, advising the dBA method of monitoring wind farms is useless at protecting the public, further studies are needed and more distance from people especially with larger turbines, and metropolis like spreading wind farms.

    Andrew Bray’s focus on the quality of engagement is another tactic used to avoid the root of the problems of a wind industry which continuously divides rural communities, puts profits before people and leaves neighbours in despair without resolutions or redress. When the focus is quality of engagement which determines outcomes, then the time for talking is over.

  2. Jackie Rovensky says:

    Jupiter is an example of the strength of a community working together to fight injustice – it has been going on for a long time. If the State Government was not so infused with this industry it would have called a stop to this project in a long time ago – but no they are so determined to see it through there can only be one reason – they are compromised.
    “Jupiter was not only the great protecting deity of the race but also one whose worship embodied a distinct moral conception. He is especially concerned with oaths, treaties”. Make syou wonder why the company called it ‘Jupiter’ – maybe to try and give it a sense of goodness.
    Keep up the fight and don’t let them win.
    We once had an MP Don Chipp here in SA who started his own party with a slogan “Keeping the bastards honest” called The Australian Democrats. He and his successor Janine Haines worked hard to keep to this slogan, unfortunately after Meg Lees and then Stott Despoja took over it became a sudo Green party and lost its social backing.
    The slogan was apt when Don Chipp started the party it is apt today – we need more of such people in parliament, and outside who are willing like those fighting Jupiter are doing.
    Honesty has taken a last place these days and needs to be brought back to the for.
    When listening to our SA Government we only sit here waiting to here truth come from their mouths but all we hear is them trying to save their backbends.

  3. Uncle Fester Hates Jupiter WF says:

    Just for clarification… the windfarm is called “Jupiter”. The Tarago/Mt Fairy locals who are resisting Jupiter are “RAJwt” or “Residents Against Jupiter Wind Turbines”. And, the AWA’s assessment of the consultitative prowess of EPYC is accurate. Their original EIS was not suitable for public exhibition due to consultation issues. I dont understand how it made it through on the second pass, since the consultation did not improve. Anyway, submissions are in and now the preparation for a fight at the PAC is underway! Watch this space!!

  4. parliamentofideas says:

    Like rapid dogs circling an injured fellow hound, the wind industry is beginning to consume itself. Enjoy the feast. Canada is now beginning to protest wind as well.
    Good hunting!

  5. Son of a Goat says:

    To the opponents of the Jupiter wind farm never underestimate the power of STT.

    We the majority who opposed Senvion’s Ceres project found a few
    “well chosen words” about the proponent on STT tended to quell their enthusiasm levels.

    Put it this way they weren’t so quick to espouse the virtues of the Ceres project in the public domain!

  6. william gray says:

    Dead right we will.

    STT’s inkling of the depth of anger and passionate resolve of the opponents to see this truly ridiculous proposal knocked on the head is actually understated. Not to dismiss all those affected by every one of those waved through earlier proposals-those people were no less angry and did fight too. However Jupiter alliance show that when ALL the community comes together, works hard and in an organised and united way things start to happen for the better.

    It should be inconceivable that after the Council and of all organisations The Aust Wind Alliance and the 97% in opposition that the DOP could approve this disaster. But going by past history…….

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