South Gippsland Shire approval of the Bald Hills Wind Energy Facility in conjunction with the Victorian planning process has demonstrated a gross failure of Duty of Care for the people in the South Gippsland Shire.
The Occupational Health and Safety issues produced from the facility in relation to Noise is a breach of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
The Bald Hills Wind Energy Facility is an industrial facility which not only produces energy, but also produces horrendous industrial noise which has significant health and sleep deprivation issues in particular to neighbouring dwellings in close proximity to the facility.
The land on which this facility is located and the surrounding properties, are zoned rural for farm purposes and operate as farming business entities and are subject to Work Place Health and Safety Regulations.
The close location of this facility has compromised and jeopardised the health and safety to me, my family and my workers due to the conditions produced by this facility which operates 24 hours every day over 90 per cent of the time.
The South Gippsland Shire is responsible for the health and safety of its constituents. It has ignored the experience of previous installations in Victoria which raised the same health and safety issues.
Any business organisation who contravenes the Occupational Health and Safety Act is subject to legal action and the South Gippsland Shire is not exempt.
Simply, there is a gross failure in the methodology used in the approval of wind energy facilities. Daniel Andrews should explain what methodology was used when he decided to reduce the separation distance from 2km to 1km during the last election, when the next facility is constructed and similar complaints are raised.
John Zakula, Tarwin Lower.