Wind farm operator embroiled in FNQ dispute

Thai-owned wind farm operator Ratch Australia has expressed concern the Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) is looking to carry out additional noise monitoring at the Windy Hill Wind Farm near Ravenshoe in the Atherton Tablelands, Queensland.

According to Ratch, a recent independent noise report commissioned by the TRC found the project complied with the 1999 conditions of consent.

Ratch general manager Geoff Dutton said the announcement by the TRC was unnecessary and a waste of ratepayers funds.

“How many more times will Council waste scarce ratepayers’ funds on expensive interstate consultants to reach the same conclusion as the existing two reports,” Mr Dutton said, as reported by Cairns.com.au.

“This will be the third time in a few months that the noise emitted by Windy Hill turbines has been measured. These reports both concluded that noise levels are within prescribed limits.”

The council has now called for tenders to check noise levels at the home of a resident whose property is closest to the 20-turbine project.

Ratch, which is also involved in a local controversy over its proposed Mt Emerald farm, wants a six-month extension to supply information.