I was astounded by the contents of the article headed “Baringhup wind farm closer” (Bendigo Advertiser, January 24). A more accurate heading might have been “Baringhup Wind Farm Hanging by a Thread”.
More than 100 people packed into the Baringhup Hall to attend the heated meeting. A multitude of concerns and objections were raised by the community.
The statement by MACWind Project co-ordinator Jarra Hicks claiming that the people in Baringhup were “largely in support of wind farms” appears entirely at odds with unfolding events on the night.
In fact, a show of hands revealed that 75 per cent of attendees had reservations about the project. Perhaps Ms Hicks is unaware of this situation; she wasn’t at the meeting.
A recurring theme was that the proposal is already causing deep rifts in the close-knit community. Concerns included the effect on property values, fire risk, blade flicker, infrasound, health issues and visual impact.
A local farmer pointed out that more than 40 families from around Australia have left their homes because of health effects from wind turbines.
As more than one local said, is this project for our community or for your community?