Reproduced from The Weekly Times 24th September 2013
The case to build the 16-turbine wind farm at Trawool was last heard at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in April but was adjourned until Friday when more studies about the potential health and environmental impacts of wind turbines were completed.
The BEAM Mitchell Environment Group wrote a letter to VCAT last week urging a quick determination in favor of the proposed wind farm.
“BEAM continues to be of the opinion that the benefits to our community far exceed any potential for negative impact,” BEAM President Richard Telford said.
Friends of the Earth renewable energy spokesman Leigh Ewbank also threw his support behind the proposed development.
If the proposal is given the green light it will be the second wind farm approved since the Victorian Government introduced tough new planning laws two years ago.
An Infigen Energy spokesman said he hoped an outcome on the proposal would be handed down shortly.
“In relation to Infigen Energy’s Bodangora Wind Farm development, NSW Health recently stated that it was very clear in its advice that there was ‘no published scientific evidence to link wind turbines with adverse health effects’,” the spokesman said.
“NSW Health also stated that the 2km buffer, with which Cherry Tree complies, is ‘highly conservative’ and ‘a very precautionary approach’.
“Infigen Energy hopes that the Tribunal reaches the same the view of Victoria’s medical experts and Australia’s peak body of acousticians, when considering these issues in regards to Cherry Tree Wind Farm.”