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06, October 2010


The Australian Environment Foundation will join with local residents and Landscape Guardians groups near Daylesford to protest to the Premier, John Brumby who will officiate at a ceremony tomorrow morning to mark the commencement of a new wind farm.

The Foundation is critical of yet another new wind farm project for Victoria while fundamental questions remain unanswered about the cost of power produced, greenhouse gas emission reductions and effects on rural communities.
At a packed community meeting on Tuesday night, Dr Sarah Laurie GP spoke of major health issues local residents were experiencing that were identified with already operating wind farms.

“We have requested a meeting with the government to call for a moratorium on any further wind farms until they have undertaken an independent review to satisfy some basic questions about wind farms in Victoria” said Max Rheese, executive director of the Australian Environment Foundation.

“Evidence from operating wind farms in Australia and overseas show most are incapable of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to any significant degree, they produce power that is double to triple the cost of conventional power stations, are unreliable and raise serious health issues for rural communities.”

“Substantial evidence exists to show that meeting the government’s 2020 Renewable Energy Target by mainly using wind power will drive up electricity prices for households and industry, but fail to reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly because of the need to back up wind farms with gas turbines.

“Wind farms do not work as well as most people think, with an average power generation of just 30 per cent of stated capacity from projects already in operation in Victoria.

“People are being forced from their farms with serious health issues from wind farm operations and this has not been addressed. This also needs to be the subject of independent review” said Mr Rheese.

The Great Renewable Energy Rort            Wind farming in SE Australia

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Protest site is located 10km south of Daylesford on the Daylesford-Ballan Road [C141 ] at Leonards Hill.

Contact: Max Rheese 0428 621320
The Australian Environment Foundation is a not-for-profit, membership-based environment organisation having no political affiliation. The AEF is a different kind of environment group, caring for both Australia & Australians. Many of our members are practical environmentalists – people who actively use and care for the environment. For more information visit www.aefweb.info

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