VOCA

An aviation researcher, writer, aviation participant, pilot & agricultural researcher. Author of over 35 scientific publications world wide.

Categories

Good reads

Oil Prices

#ozaviation

Mareeba Wind turbines

Mareeba Wind turbines

The following report into the effects is of interest to aviation people and how effects are just buried with little or no comment, particularly if the effect may be negative on the proposal.

Aviation effects at Mareeba

The Company detailed to do the study was Lambert & Rehbein Aeronautical Assessment, who are a group of engineers, with no obvious aviation experience, except to do studies of Wagga Airport and who have an office in Wide Bay QLD. Their work does not seem to relate to flying operations, spraying or the like.

Despite massive opposition to the wind-farm, it was given conditional approval in May 2015. The approval details are at: http://www.dlg.qld.gov.au/development-applications/mount-emerald-wind-farm-development-arriga.html

This was during a Senate Committee sitting to look at a large range of aspects of wind farms and wind turbines in general. A preliminary report has been released by the Senate Committee.

___________________________________________________________________

Mt Emerald Wind Farm decision delayed again

SPINNING AROUND: Opponents of the Mt Emerald Wind Farm want a decision on the development

SPINNING AROUND: Opponents of the Mt Emerald Wind Farm want a decision on the development delayed until a more thorough assessment can be carried out. PICTURE: THINKSTOCK

OPPONENTS of the Mt Emerald Wind Farm want a decision on the development delayed until a more thorough assessment can be carried out.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad was today due to either approve or reject the development application for the $380 million development, to be situated near Walkamin.

Ms Trad had initially postponed her decision on the controversial project until she had the chance to speak with stakeholders and the community late last month.

But yesterday, a spokeswoman said Ms Trad and the developers had agreed to a week’s extension, with a decision now due by Friday, April 24.

The alternative energy project, proposed for between Atherton and Mareeba, would include up to 63 turbines on towers about 80-90m tall, with blades of about 50m.

The farm, a joint venture between Ratch Australia and Port Bajool, has the potential to generate enough electricity to power about 75,000 homes.

It is estimated 158 jobs could be created during the two-year construction phase.

The proposed development was called in by the then State Government on June 11 following a request from the Mareeba Shire Council.

CONSULTATION: Deputy Premier Jackie Trad was today (FRI) due to either approve or reject

CONSULTATION: Deputy Premier Jackie Trad was today due to either approve or reject the development application for the $380 million development, to be situated near Walkamin. She will now delay her decision by another week after consulting the project’s developers. PICTURE: ANDREA FALVO

Dalrymple MP Shane Knuth, Wind Energy Queensland and community members sent a request to the Deputy Premier’s office this week seeking a delay so an independent assessment of the impact of low-frequency noise and infrasound on the community surrounding the proposed wind farm could be carried out.

Wind Energy Queensland spokesman Bryan Lyons wrote to Ms Trad and said the Government had failed to complete the assessments, as required under the Sustainable Planning Act.

“This would appear to be a deliberate attempt to avoid providing the Mt Emerald community the standard protection that is afforded to other Queensland communities that are possibly impacted from low-frequency noise and infrasound noise from other industry such as mining and coal seam gas,’’ he wrote.

Mr Knuth said there needed to be assurance the wind farm met state law requirements for noise control.

“We want certainty the noise levels are lower than the levels that doesn’t allow residents to suffer from significant noise effects and sleep disturbance,’’ he said. Ideally, any decision made would be delayed until the Senate inquiry into governance of wind turbines was due to release its findings by the end of June, he said.

__________________________________________________________________

Qld Deputy Premier Approves Mt Emerald Wind Farm

May 8, 2015

QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT

Office of the Hon Jackie Trad MP Deputy Premier
Minister for Transport, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade

Ms Sarah Laurie CEO
Waubra Foundation

Dear Ms Laurie

Thank you for your email of 23 April 2015 to the Honourable Jackie Trad MP, Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade about the Mount Emerald Wind Farm in Mareeba. The Deputy Premier has asked that I respond on her behalf.

On 24 April 2015, the Deputy Premier decided to approve the Mount Emerald Wind Farm development application subject to conditions. The applicant will be required to comply with strict conditions regarding noise, traffic impacts, environmental impacts and community engagement.

A copy of the decision notice is available for viewing on the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning’s website at http://www.dlg.qld.gov.au/development-applications/mount-emerald-wind-farm-development-arriga.html.

If you require any further information, please email: ministerial_caIUn@dsdip.qld.gov.au.

Yours sincerely

MATT COLLINS
CHIEF OF STAFF