Wilderness Wipeout: Tasmania’s Pristine Environment Threatened By Monster Wind Farm

Tasmania’s rugged North is one of Australia’s natural wonders, but not for much longer if Chinese wind developers have their way.

Tasmania’s rare and endangered Wedge Tailed Eagle is already under threat, being slice and diced with impunity by its existing wind farms on the North-West and North-East coasts. Now another monster wind farm is set to extend the carnage across the central highlands.

Epuron might be the nominated developer, but chances are it will flog its project once it gets development approval to Beijing-based Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co, which will almost certainly provide the Chinese made turbines. Epuron has done the same in a number of other places elsewhere.

Alan Jones, gobsmacked by the hundreds of $millions in subsidies that will be pocketed by its Chinese owner over the life of its wind farm, takes a look at the kind of carnage that’s threatened.

Taxpayers will stump up exorbitant price to foreign-owned wind farm provider
Sky News
Alan Jones
15 July 2020

Sky News host Alan Jones says a proposal by the “eminently forgettable” Malcolm Turnbull could see a private foreign-owned wind farm manufacturer take over rural land in Tasmania at the taxpayer’s expense.

The proposal is to build 67 wind turbines, each 240 metres tall, across rural properties alongside the main transmission corridor between Hobart and Launceston.

Mr Jones pointed out that not only is the area known as the “jewel in the crown” of the Central Highlands, it is also home to the Tasmanian wedged tail eagle and the Tasmanian devil.

A 2015 Parliamentary Select Committee on wind turbines found this program would impose an aggregate cost on the economy of between $30-$53 billion.

It also said the program not only inflicts a direct cost onto electricity consumers, but it also undermines Australia’s comparative advantage as a low-cost electricity supply source.

“The eminently forgettable Malcolm Turnbull had a grand idea that Tasmania could be the battery of the nation”.

“Tasmania does not need the electricity, but they are asked to stump up a fair share of the cost.

“In the end, you pay, most probably to a private foreign-owned wind farm unit.”
Sky News

Transcript

Alan Jones: Can you tell me a problem we’ve faced that’s not created by government? Let’s go to Tasmania. There’s a proposal amongst others to build 67 wind turbines, 240 metres high, three times the height of Wrest Point casino. That’s the tallest in the world across rural properties alongside the main transmission corridor between Hobart and Launceston. Now just forget for a moment that the area is known as the jewel in the crown of the Central Highlands and the location of species such as the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle and the Tasmanian devil.

The eminently forgettable, Malcolm Turnbull had a grand idea that Tasmania could be the battery of the nation. Tasmania doesn’t need the electricity, they’re asked to stump up a fair share of the cost, but in the end you pay, most probably to a private, foreign owned, wind farm outfit. There was a parliamentary select committee on wind turbines. It reported in June 2015.

Chapter seven, in fact, 7.55, the paragraph says, “The cost to Australia of continuing to force electricity customers to incorporate uncommercial renewable energy within the aggregate supply are considerable…” It said, “… by 2020, those costs will amount to $3.5 billion a year in electricity bills.” It added that,”… this renewable energy program, when it has run its course, will impose an aggregate cost on the economy of between $30 and $53 billion.” It said, “Not only does this inflict a direct cost on electricity consumers, but it also undermines Australia’s comparative advantage as a low-cost electricity supply source.”

Now one outfit regulation economics gave evidence that, “… subsidised renewable energy has been sucking capital into worthless investments.” Further evidence was given in paragraph 7.53. Listen to this, “… on a conservative estimate each eligible company receives in excess of $500,000 a year for each turbine.” This is your money. The report added on the basis of there being 2,777 wind turbines in Australia, this provides $1.09 billion per annum to the wind industry.

Remember earlier this month, Michael Shellenberger, the American author environmental policy writer, apologised, “… for the climate scare we’ve created over the past 30 years.” Of climate change he said, “It’s not even our most serious environmental problem.” He said, “I feel an obligation to apologise for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public.”

And here we are in a beautiful part of the world, 67 wind turbines proposed in a corridor between Hobart and Launceston, the Central Highlands of Tasmania. Fly fishing tourism and Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle and the Tasmanian devil. As I’ve said, known as the jewel of the crown, St Patricks Plains. Is this going to be destroyed by wind turbines so that some outfit can make a quid $500,000 a year per turbine.

Well, Malcolm Crosse is approaching 80 years of age. They’re the only ones who seem to worry. Younger Australians have been brainwashed believing that renewable energy is everything. Well, Malcolm Crosse joins us from his farm. Malcolm, good evening to you.

Malcolm Crosse: Good evening, Alan. How are you?

Alan Jones: I’m well. Has approval been given for this?

Malcolm Crosse: No, not yet. The company who is seeking the approval, Epuron from Sydney, is currently going through all the processes with the EPA and gaining approval, to then on-sell it to a constructor, that which will more than likely to be a foreign owned company.

Alan Jones: So basically there’s a whole stack of these proposals for Tasmania, is there not? Because Malcolm Turnbull wanted Tasmania to be the battery of the nation, even though you don’t need the electricity.

Malcolm Crosse: Well, that’s exactly right, and I always say all we can provide is a AAA battery and when do you consider that New South Wales just recently announced a development in the Dubbo region, which is 20 times more than what the whole of Tasmania’s output power is, and this is a new initiative with wind and solar in the Dubbo Western Plains area.

Alan Jones: Malcolm, are Tasmanians aware of this? Are there people prepared to defend the historical cultural and tourism benefits that already derive from these beautiful Central Highlands?

Malcolm Crosse: No. I think I can categorically say that they’re slowly waking up. Because we have it good here in Tasmania and we’re very lucky to live here, and I think it’s hasn’t been that well publicised and now they’re starting to realise that this threat is coming in all forms, not only wind and solar in inappropriate places, and hopefully through you tonight we’ll get the message out a bit further.

Alan Jones: Malcolm, just one before we go, just one before we go. Do you reckon they’d be remotely interested if they weren’t being paid taxpayers’ money of $500,000 per turbine?

Malcolm Crosse: Of course not, of course not. That’s right. And the other thing about it is that the land that the 67 turbines are going on are all privately owned by graziers here in Tasmania, very wealthy graziers I might add, and none of them live in the area. They all live in Hobart or away from the paddock that the towers are going on.

Alan Jones: Absolutely. Good on you, Malcolm. Hang in there. Malcolm Crosse from Tasmania. We’ll keep in touch. Another piece of nonsense and your money. Would you be in wind turbines if you could get $500,000 per turbine from the taxpayer?
Sky News

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Comments

  1. Our property has a 65 acres nature covenant registered with the Tasmanian State government, being for the conservation of masked owls. The EPA approved wind turbines only 200 meters from the covenant boundary. Come on Tassie the Chinese are going to wipe out our protected wildlife and the Tasmanian government are paying them to do it.

    • Peter Pronczak says:

      There was a Morrison government instigated report last year into seven new Tassie wind farm proposals, that concluded they would have negative bird impact (perhaps there’s few left). I can’t find the report but others may have better luck.

      Just like in Qld, they’re trying to hide the turbines among the trees, and probably with the abilty in state forests to exclude the public on safety grounds.

      Put the blame where it belongs. This is an Australian government decision not a Chinese one. Like all other countries advantage is taken of what’s permitted.

      I like a good mushy, was picking them as a kid. Good luck.

  2. Well done Malcolm!
    Thankyou for helping spread the word.
    Please support the No Turbine Action Group to assist in stopping this development.

  3. Paul Miskelly says:

    From Paul Miskelly,
    Oops, apologies to all, the link in the previous post should have been:
    http://joannenova.com.au/2019/09/burn-money-wind-farms-in-tas-and-vic-are-correlated-all-useless-at-the-same-time/
    Best regards,
    Paul Miskelly

  4. Paul Miskelly says:

    Hi STT,
    You are right on the money, as ever.
    If it helps, a few months back, Dr Tom Quirk and I showed, quantitatively, that the “Tasmania – Battery to the Nation” concept, peddled by the Tasmanian government and some wind farm developers is, well, to put it politely, and concisely, a complete and utter load of nonsense. You might care to check out the analysis, written up in Dr Tom’s inimitable style at:
    https://stopthesethings.com/2020/07/21/wilderness-wipeout-tasmanias-pristine-environment-threatened-by-monster-wind-farm/
    The claim by these people is, unsurprisingly, that when the wind is not blowing on the Mainland, it is blowing a gale in Tasmania,
    so that wind farms in Tasmania can more than “fill in the gaps”. Sadly, in spite of the proponents breathless arguments, it was relatively easy, (although it required a lot of work by Dr Tom), to show that, for most of any year, the weather systems in both South Eastern Australia and Tasmania all go up and down together.
    These enthusiasts would do well to do their homework.
    Best regards,
    Paul Miskelly

  5. Peter Pronczak says:

    Don’t blame the Chinese, these are AU political decisions. They must be based on payola. Three times Jackie Trad has been referred to the Crime and Misconduct Commission, with no mud sticking. Much like Home Affairs MP Peter Dutton barely escaping a contempt of court charge. As Gough Whitlam proved, we pay for being over governed.

    A ScoMo report into seven Tassy wind farms said they would have no impact on bird life; possibly because few are left. Even the QLD commission inqiry into the Forest Wind proposal found three years of secret government private ‘negotiations’ wasn’t democratic: Being the opposite of ScoMo’s “No community will have nuclear energy forced on them.” Believers of Forest Wind’s statement the 226 turbines will be “on ridges higher than birds fly” would believe anything.

    We exist because of nuclear energy, but like the ‘theory of water displacement’ no-one will look into the truth of it. If tomorrow never comes, why bother to eat today?

    The Tassy turbines are 60 meters higher than those at Coopers Gap that each take six cranes to erect. There is no increased efficiency output for the increased size, only a higher taxpayer bill.
    The Forest Wind ‘proposal’ has to flatten all the ridges for the required heavy machinery and ongoing maintenance. How much state forest and pine plantation that generates income will be left isn’t mentioned. It would be thought that ongoing government revenue would be considered important, but inescapable taxpayer funding is an overriding factor of sanity.

    Once on the out of control speeding crazy train, who can get off without being incinerated?

  6. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak and commented:
    Tasmania’s rugged North is one of Australia’s natural wonders, but not for much longer if Chinese wind developers have their way.

    Tasmania’s rare and endangered Wedge Tailed Eagle is already under threat, being slice and diced with impunity by its existing wind farms on the North-West and North-East coasts. Now another monster wind farm is set to extend the carnage across the central highlands.

    Epuron might be the nominated developer, but chances are it will flog its project once it gets development approval to Beijing-based Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co, which will almost certainly provide the Chinese made turbines. Epuron has done the same in a number of other places elsewhere.

    Alan Jones, gobsmacked by the hundreds of $millions in subsidies that will be pocketed by its Chinese owner over the life of its wind farm, takes a look at the kind of carnage that’s threatened.

  7. We have formed a group to oppose this industrial invasion of a unique and precious Tasmanian Highland environment- No Turbine Action Group. We have a website: http://www.noturbineactiongroup.org and you can find us on Facebook. Please give us your support.

    • Son of a goat says:

      Well, Well Well.

      On clicking on the above face book page I found the following comment and image from Janet Holmes a Court.

      Janet Holmes a Court, Patron, Fly Fish Australia writes….

      I have often travelled to the Central Highlands of Tasmania to fish at Penstock Lagoon. As an avid fly fisher who has fished across the world and as the Patron of Fly Fish Australia, it has come to my attention that there is a proposal to install a vast industrial sized wind farm next to this “Jewel in the Crown” of the magnificent Central Highlands.
      The wind farm will have 67 of the tallest wind turbine towers in the world – all at 270 metres high. Each tower is equivalent to the height of an 80 storey building. Sixty-seven giant wind turbines is more than all the tall towers in central Sydney and central Melbourne combined.

      The visual and environmental impact is self-evident. It will produce appalling damage to the peaceful beauty and environmental significance of this part of Tasmania. Sadly, the simple pleasures of visiting rugged mountain environments, that I value dearly, are fast disappearing with such blighted overdevelopments. There is so much to be told about this project and more information available on http://www.noturbineactiongroup.org.

      As a life long Liberal Government supporter, I am greatly saddened by this proposal. I highly recommend you read the article by environmentalist, Dr. Michael Shellenberger, “Why Renewables Can’t Save The Planet” in Quillette 27 February 2019. This article has received International attention as the author realises the reasonable absurdity of this form of renewable energy.

      I would ask that all who hold this area dear, to visit the website and support the brave group of people who are mounting a legal challenge to the project.

      The Renewable Energy Messiah was reportedly last seen hiding under his bed sucking his thumb.

    • Son of a goat says:

      • I could not agree more with the good Janet. There are few more beautiful landscapes on earth to behold than the Great Lakes region of Tasmania.
        But there are other Australian landscapes of equal importance to the inhabitants of those regions. Can I request that Ms Janet use her direct access to the Messiah to intercede on behalf of the good people of Leonards Hill, Victoria in order to restore their wind turbine blighted landscape to its former beauty and serenity.

  8. Reblogged this on uwerolandgross.

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