Friday, 14 June 2013

Macarthur's turbine test results
30 Apr 2013

Macarthur wind farm's operator AGL Energy says independent noise assessments prove the farm was noise compliant. AGL Energy's group general manager power development Scott Thomas said noise monitoring was carried out independently by AECOM Australia and demonstrated the wind farm was operating within the strict noise limits set in the developments planning permit.

"We appreciate some community members have been concerned about wind farm noise levels so we wanted to make sure it was operating correctly from the start and give the community a greater level of comfort", Mr Thomas said. "Over 40,000 hours of noise monitoring has been conducted at Macarthur, which is well beyond the amount of noise monitoring required in the Planning Permit. "All results received to date confirm that Macarthur wind farm remains compliant within the Government's strict noise regulations that are in line with the World Health Organisation's guidelines for noise limits".

It comes as a pro-wind farm group this morning hand delivered a statement to Premier Denis Napthine at his electorate office in Warrnambool calling for changes to wind farm laws. The statement urged the government to remove what the group described as "restrictive planning laws" that prevent turbines being built within 2km of homes without the written consent of the owner.

"Wind energy is good for jobs and good for the southwest economy", Victorian Wind Alliance state coordinator Andrew Bray said. "Two thirds of the wind turbines now operating in Victoria are located in Premier Napthine's electorate. "The Premier knows firsthand how wind power benefits the community". Dr Napthine has thrown his support behind wind farms but has publicly said the 2km planning laws will not be reversed.