Supremely Callous: Wind Farm Operators Treatment of Noise-Affected Neighbours a Total Disgrace

The wind industry is peopled by special kind of monster; he’s the character who will steal your home right out from underneath you, smiling all the while.

You’ll find his key attributes drawn out in the DSM under the chapter on sociopaths.

For anyone with a shred of humanity, compassion and decency dealing with people like this requires a whole new mindset.

Lying to you, gaslighting you, denigrating you and diminishing your worth as a citizen, is all within their job description, and being able to perform all those functions with a grin, is an essential prerequisite.

STT has been reporting on one example playing out in the Supreme Court in Victoria, where the wind farm operator is employing all of those characteristics in its ‘defence’.

It even enlisted assistance from the National Wind Farm Commissioner, who attempted to ‘assist’ the trial Judge reach her decision by attempting to provide her with information on the sly, without the knowledge of the plaintiffs. All in a day’s work, apparently.

This comment that appeared in the Sentinel-Time sums it up, really.

Treatment of wind farm neighbours a disgrace
Sentinel-Times
13 September 2021

It’s been like watching a train wreck in slow motion from day one.

From the time that the host-landowners, the authorities and the developers of the Bald Hills Wind Farm first unveiled their proposal, you could see it was going to create problems for uninvolved, neighbouring landowners.

It stands to reason.

The proposal trampled all over the unwritten code for farming neighbours, the time-honoured system of cooperation, co-existence and reciprocity whereby you don’t do something to them that you wouldn’t accept yourself.

But here was one group of landowners saying “to hell with you”, I’m going to maximise the return on my property by hosting several of these 126 metre-high turbines, regardless of the impact on you.

Unfortunately, the uninvolved neighbours copped all of the detriment and none of the return, and as it turned out, they’ve virtually been driven out of their homes by the noise, mainly because some of the turbines were erected far too close to houses.

In that sense, you could blame the state government for not protecting the neighbouring farm owners, but there should always have been a system of compensation and mitigation for those not directly involved, but who ultimately copped the impact of loss of farm value and reasonable expectation for the use and enjoyment of their land.

But here we have this week, in the Melbourne Supreme Court, the barristers for the operators of the wind farm treating some of these landowners like criminals simply for exercising their right to seek compensation for their injury.

It’s the final and in many ways worst insult.

Yes, by all means, develop renewable energy projects but everything must be done to protect the uninvolved landowners from all detriment.

This court case is an absolute disgrace, and the behaviour of the wind farm operators reprehensible but the ball is very much in the state government’s court to set this situation right, now and for the future.
Sentinel-Times

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Comments

  1. Jacqueline Rovensky says:

    Around the world people have been silenced and all that has been offered to those who do speak out is the almighty ‘$’.
    No money can compensate fully for the harm being inflicted on people and the environment.
    Here in South Australia new regulations have been introduced and on the surface it could be thought the new regulations are a good thing and will silence opposition to new turbines being installed.
    However, the changes have a sting –
    the regulation has been altered in that there is now for all turbines a standard distance from a home – but if a company happens to want to install ones taller they have to be placed a fraction further away.
    BUT NOTHING IN THIS NEW REGULATION takes account of the plated capacity of these turbines, which of course is what determines the size of the operational machinery who’s function causes the noise and vibration.
    Do they think we are stupid and don’t know that a well maintained family car sitting in the street outside a home makes less impact with respect to noise and vibration than a fully laden semi-trailer stopped in the same place.
    Yes, WE do know there’s a difference but politicians and their lackies who come up with such random nonsense are either working for the industry in various capacities or consider us dolts incapable of seeing through the pandering to an industry which has failed to live up to their multitude of claims at every level.
    When will this nonsense stop, when will people be able to live in their homes in rural areas with the same consideration taken of their welfare in relation to their environment as those in built up suburbs and cities.
    RURAL industry is different to the HEAVY MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY so lets see RURAL Australia kept for RURAL industries and the HEAVY MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY put back into dedicated HEAVY INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTORING areas on the outskirts of cities.
    The industrial revolution saw a devastating mixture of rural and heavy industrial pursuits, but as time went on a division began to emerge between living and manufacturing, now its seems we are not only going backwards in attempting to use wind to provide energy needs but also back into the dark days of early industrialisation where rural areas were taken over by factories and people were moved off their land into densely populated areas or having to work alongside heavy industry, destroying their peace and wellbeing.
    Progress is a wonderful thing – but only if it keeps moving forward and looks after all in the process.

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