Nyaninyuk Wind Farm

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ACCIONA Energia is investigating a site for a potential new wind farm between Waubra, Evansford and Clunes. It’s early days, but we’d like to start the conversation. To stay up to date with the project, please register for updates using the button at the top-right of this page.

For more information about the project, visit the Acciona Energia website.


Help shape your local renewable energy project

This is your online community hub, where you can ask questions and give us feedback about the project.

ACCIONA Energia is investigating a site for a potential new wind farm between Waubra, Evansford and Clunes. It’s early days, but we’d like to start the conversation. To stay up to date with the project, please register for updates using the button at the top-right of this page.

For more information about the project, visit the Acciona Energia website.

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    Questions for the Nyaninyuk Community Hub. Myth- They harm the health of people. False. This has been one of the lies most persistently peddled by some campaigners against wind energy......in Canada and Australia, without foundation. This argument has not been raised in any other country in world where there are more than 300,000wind turbines. Several questions are raised by this statement. Firstly, what conclusive proof/evidence does Acciona have that wind farms do not harm the health of people. A statement like this needs to be supported by respected medical data, I see none. All I see in Acciona's references, are links to the wind industry. Where is that medical data, from what university? And who/what is the publication source so it can be reviewed and scrutinised by other medical experts? The medical jury is still out on this one, to claim otherwise is misleading and irresponsible. Secondly, The noise produced by a wind turbine is no greater at 500metres than that from.... a refrigerator or micro wave oven.... at this distance the sound when the turbine is operating is practically nil. Has the person who wrote this ludicrous nonsense ever been near a wind turbine? They are either deaf or have serious problems with their refrigerator and microwave. We have been living with the Waubra Wind Farm for 13 years, and with certain weather and wind conditions, the turbines absolutely roar, causing disruption to our daily routine and severely disturbing our sleep. A qualification here before we are labelled anti wind farm. Believing in climate change and the urgent need for green renewable energy, we supported the planning and construction of the Waubra WF, we believed all the assurances that Acciona gave us about noise, the visual impacts at that time were of no concern to us. Then, the wind farm was turned on, and, we realised how greatly we had been deceived. The noise from the turbines can sound like a 747 stuck in low altitude. This of course is not all the time, only during certain weather/wind conditions such as southerlies, which happen to be very predominant in this area. And, we are over 3kms away from the nearest turbine. We still believe tackling climate change is one of the world's most pressing issues, and firmly believe in green renewable energy, as long as the siting of wind farms are appropriate and do not cause harm or disturbance to people or communities. The Nyaninyuk proposed wind farm's siting is not appropriate, it will cause further unwanted noise to individuals and communities. We/our neighbours totally oppose its construction in the proposed area. There are enough wind turbines in this rural community already, no more. Which brings me back to the above myth, the bit about problems only occurring in Australia and Canada, and no where else in a world full of wind turbines is complaining. Who is doing the misrepresenting here? Acciona should be/is fully aware that every country in the world that has wind farms, have problems associated with those wind farms. Just go to the European Platform against Wind Farms website to see how many countries, people, organisations etc etc are against wind farms. They all can't be just campaigners against wind farms, maybe like us, they woke up once these WF started and said this is not what they told us would happen, maybe they don't like to be subjected to unwanted noise or other issues around wind farms. Maybe they would just like wind farms to be sited where they do not disturb individuals, communities, towns and such like. This Myth claim Acciona is peddling here ( don't you love that word 'peddling', thank you Acciona), that only Australia and Canada only have …..some campaigners against wind …....is misleading, irresponsible and incorrect. I would have thought considering Acciona's interaction with local communities surrounding the shelved Waubra North Wind Farm extension 10 years ago, there would have been a more mature approach to the community with the Nyaninyuk proposal rather than treating the community like uninformed idiots. Some things don't change, it seems.

    Red Back asked 11 days ago

    Thank you for your comments on the Nyaninyuk Community Hub.

     We welcome your feedback on the material and information that has been provided and appreciate that you have concerns relating to the location of the proposed Nyaninyuk wind farm.

     In response to your question on health,  perhaps in Australia the most appropriate and up to date information on the issue of heath and wind farms is from The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The NHMRC commissioned research by the University of Adelaide and subsequently published a Statement and Information Paper in 2015 which is available on their website.  They provide further information on the issue as well as Frequently Asked Questions.

     Nyaninyuk Wind Farm is in the early stages of development. Currently we are undertaking wind monitoring, environmental surveying and other work before we're able to confirm key details about the project. This work also includes obtaining early feedback from community members to inform the project.  In due course, we will provide opportunities for the community to consider the full proposal (including proposed turbine layout) and provide feedback to us.

     Thank you.

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    I do have some concerns about the siting of this wind farm. I have read the glossy brochures that reassure us about how the modern wind turbines do not harm wildlife - birds and bats. It says that more birds are killed on roads and powerlines, but there are hundreds and thousands of kilometres of powerlines and roads with hundreds of thousands of cars across Australia. So it is not necessarily an appropriate comparison. Also the birds I see as road kill mostly are magpies, more low flying birds, rarely raptors. Perhaps an occasional sulphur crested cockatoo or galah. I know the raptors can hit powerlines and there are measures that can be taken to help to prevent collision. I believe experiments in Denmark with painting one blade black has been very effective in reducing bird deaths, will Acciona be following this innovative solution. Or if relying on braking systems when birds are detected can you explain how this works when there are maybe 10 tonnes of fibreglass in a blade ( a 40 metre blade has approximately 6 tonnes of fibreglass - so an 80 metre blade ( based on a 5.7 MW Nordex Acciona wind turbine as used at the Macintyre site which was suggested that could be used here ) - so a braking system that can stop over 30 tonnes in a second - how does that work? The local area has abundant birdlife - and we know from farmers locally that there have been raptor deaths at the Waubra Wind Farm so how are you gong to ensure that we protect the great diversity of birdlife including the raptors? Let alone the migratory and nomadic species and the species that have to seek food and water when times get dry. Afterall biodiversity is essential in our strategies to tackle climate change. Also we should not just talk about endangered species because the degradation of habitat can lead to the reduction of species. To repeat the question how is Acciona going to ensure the protection of the great diversity of local birdlife for future generations?

    greenhood asked 11 days ago

    Thank you for your comments on the Nyaninyuk Community Hub.

     We welcome your feedback on the material and information that has been provided and appreciate that you have concerns relating to the proposed Nyaninyuk wind farm.

     The project is in the early stages of development. Currently we are undertaking wind monitoring, environmental surveying and other work before we're able to confirm key details about the project. Environmental assessments form a key component of the development of a wind farm project. A range of surveys and assessments are being undertaken to understand potential risks to plants and animals including bat and avifauna. The assessments will also inform the State Environment Effects Statement (EES) and Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EBPC) process which will require the project to demonstrate that measures have been implemented to avoid, minimise or manage adverse environmental impacts.

     At this early stage there is no indication that additional technological measures would be required to mitigate the impacts on the bat and avifauna at the Nyaninyuk project, however should the need for additional technologies be required at a later stage, they will be considered.

     Thank you.

     

     

     

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    Is the Nyaninyuk proposal not just a rebranding of the abandoned Waubra North Wind Farm extension from years ago? What happened to the lack of wind resource and bird life endangerment as grounds for that extension not proceeding? The Mt. Beckworth region is a significant bird area with a high degree of biodiversity and native vegetation. Amongst the many species, local, nomadic and migratory, is the endangered Barking Owl. That Owl was one of the reasons the former wind farm did not proceed. Have the barking and powerful owl populations moved on to greener pastures and are nowhere to be seen? Also, could you give us the processes involved in assessing the cultural, environmental, sonic and visual impacts of this wind farm, your website tells us nothing.

    Red Back asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there, thanks for your question. There is some overlap between the area we are currently investigating and the "Waubra North Wind Farm" proposal that was presented to the community ten years ago. However, they are not the same proposal. The primary reason the original project did not go ahead was lower-than-anticipated wind speeds. Since then, improvements to turbine efficiency and potential use of longer blades would allow a project in the area to make use of the available wind resource.  

    We are currently undertaking detailed environmental and bio-diversity surveys and assessments, in line with State and Federal Government requirements. This process will determine whether a potential wind farm would likely have a significant impact on flora and fauna, including the Barking Owl you mention. In due course we will undertake a range of other studies to assess impacts including noise, visual, community and Cultural Heritage impacts.  We will ensure the community is kept informed about the project as it evolves.

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    What are the guidelines for the updating of the pages on the community hub? I have noticed no updates for 20 days. No feedback from the recent meetings?

    Red Back asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there, thanks for getting in touch. ACCIONA will keep the page updated with all major milestones, and it's open for people to ask questions any time. At the moment, the proposal is at a very early stage so there is not much news to share. We have recently added an update after the Community Drop-in Sessions to the 'Read the Latest Updates' section of the page. 

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    Can you please advise if the proposed area includes the Clunes Common and if the researchers on the common this morning were associated with this project?

    Clunes Resident asked 3 months ago

    Hi there, thanks for your question. Clunes Common isn't part of the proposed project area and we haven't had any personnel there.  

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    Hi While I support wind farms in general, I'm concerned about about 3 aspects of these projects of late. 1. The amount of these farms dotted over the state without regard to suitable education on efficient energy use, are we not better off educating people on better energy use? 2 Have you addressed the apparent lack of intelligent dialogue in regards to the methods of getting the energy to the locations needed without the archaic use of outdated overhead transmission lines, when there are much better ways of doing this to make our future generations proud, and; 3. What consideration has been given to the environmentally responsible disposal of the gigantic turbine blades once they have been damaged our end of life? As these are fiberglass they just get buried in gigantic graveyards for our future generations to despair, Thanks for your consideration and I look forward to your positive responses. Kind regards Dail.

    Dail asked 3 months ago

    Hi Dail, thanks for getting in touch. Please see our answers below.

    Education around efficient energy use 
    We support community education initiatives alongside our renewable energy projects. There are also a number of existing Local Government and State Government programs to support households and businesses to use energy more efficiently.

    Transmission
    We understand that new transmission infrastructure is a concern for some regional communities. State Government and regulators are working to develop long-term plans to build transmission that minimises community impacts and supports Australia’s transition to clean energy. When transmission lines are required for our projects, we engage with the community early in project evaluation phase to take on feedback and ensure disruptions are minimised. 

    Recycling turbine blades
    Addressing this challenge is a priority for the wind industry. ACCIONA Energia is currently investigating a range of technologies to recycle blades, including re-purposing them to build the structures that support solar panels, and other manufacturing and construction processes. 

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    EXACTLY where is this proposed?

    Bubbles asked 3 months ago

    We’re investigating the area to the west of Mt Beckworth, between Evansford and Clunes. The project is still in the feasibility stage, so we are doing studies to design a layout that can be shared. We will make a map available to the community in the near future as we progress.

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    Where is the windfarm mapped to be for the Nyaninyuk Wind farm

    Julie asked 3 months ago

    We’re investigating the area to the west of Mt Beckworth, between Evansford and Clunes. Given the project is in the feasibility stage, we're currently doing studies to design a layout that can be shared. We'll make a map available to the community in the near future as we progress. 

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