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Winds farms a source of pride and income
by JAMES DENNIS, (The Weekly Times)
October 2, 2018 12:01pm

WHEN the opportunity to have wind turbines on my property for the Mount Gellibrand Wind Farm in Colac arose many years ago, it was a big decision.
But now, with the wind farm up and running, I can confidently say it was the right move.
As a fourth-generation farmer and grazier, the turbines have been a welcome addition to the farm.
Some say the size and noise of these turbines is a burden. I disagree.

James Dennis
With three wind turbines on my property I can truthfully say the noise we hear from our home 3½km away is no louder than the sound of ocean waves through the window.
Others question the visual appeal — they certainly take some getting used to, but to me they are a sure sight better than the polluted skies near the coal power plants in the Latrobe ­Valley.
The turbines are big but their ­impact is small — I can still use almost all my land, and I make no secret that the additional income from hosting the turbines has added a layer of economic security for me and my family as we look to this unpredictable future.
The wind farm’s Community ­Enhancement Fund benefits the wider community, as do the jobs for local workers, and then there is the pride I feel in being part of the global transition to clean, renewable energy.
For myself and my grandchildren, I am happy to support the shift away from coal, especially because the science is clear fossil fuel combustion is a key cause of climate change.
Ultimately, renewables aren’t some­thing that’s far off in the future — they are needed now, and the wind, solar and storage technologies that make up the solution are available today.
I understand why some people might have reservations about wind turbines or solar farms — it’s different from what we are used to, and change is never easy — but as my family and flock of happy sheep will attest, when done right, renewable energy and farming cannot only coexist, but thrive together.
Come and take a look for yourself.
James Dennis is a fourth-generation Colac farmer and grazier

 

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