New South Wales
I Todd Shorter of 810 Muscle creek Rd , Muswellbrook NSW am writing to the Department of Major Projects as I ‘object’ to the Bowman Creek Wind Farm proposal - application #SSD-10315.
My reasons for objecting to the project is as follows- I have been a Muswellbrook resident for 40+ years and I currently live within 3.1,km of the 3,km exclusion zone of the Wind Turbine project on the Muscle creek side of proposed Bowman Creek Wind farm Project. My property number is E17 -5 within the project Visual Assessment application (refer to pages 81-84). Property number E17-3 is my neighbouring property approximately 70 metres across the road from our dwelling.
The evaluations on the pages 82- 84 of the Bowmans Creek Wind Farm EIS, Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment v7 – 17 March 2021 are simply not true statements.
Statements not limited too but including from the Evaluations column of the Visual Assessment application- “ Whilst wind turbines may be visible the potential for visual impact is not significant and largely mitigated by distance. The Bulletin acknowledges that wind turbines are very large structures that will be visible in the landscape.
Wind turbines are located beyond the black line at Far Middleground, therefore no mitigation measures are proposed below the black line”....
These Turbines are 220m high and certainly less than 4km away in direct line of sight from my dwelling and my neighbour. I do not have a tree nor does my neighbour that is 70m away from me have vegetation high enough to block the view of a minimum of 8 220m high wind turbines from my dwelling or any point of my property.
From the location of my dwelling we are approximately 4,km from the nearest turbine. My family and I will without a doubt be visually impacted by a minimum of 8 complete turbines and 11 partial turbines.
The impact on my family and my own health and lifestyle is an extreme concern for me living in a close proximity to 18 of the wind turbines.
My concerns are with noise emissions from the turbines in particular the thumping that can occur when the turbines are in sync causing sleep disturbances and health impacts due to this.
The morning sun will rise behind the turbines likely to cause sun flickering to our property and dwelling as most of my house windows face to the east with an open view in the direction of the Wind Turbines and morning sun.
4 km sounds like a long distance from my house dwelling but I can assure you this is not the case when I look out my living room window, it is not hard to visualise 220m Wind Turbines on the most dominant ridge line in our line of site from our home. The night light beacons will always remind us they are there with no reprieve from them 24/7.
At the base of the ridge that the Turbines will be erected is Muscle Creek, this creek runs through our property and community and is utilised for cattle and irrigation and my concern here is in the event of a turbine failing there would be potential for oil to contaminate the creek down hill from them.
We own a portion of land that we breed cattle on and spend most our days off outside enjoying one of the very few visually beautiful scenic areas left untouched in Muswellbrook. Muswellbrook is already exposed to Mining spoils from 4 seperate open cut mining leases in most directions.
To the South of Muswellbrook township we are exposed visually to the 340metre high mining spoils of Mt Arthur Coal an open cut coal mine, to the North of Muswellbrook township we are exposed visually to the spoils of Bengallla and Mt Pleasant Coal mine, and to the North/ East of Muswellbrook township we have Muswellbrook Coal, the coal mine that dust and spon com is a part of its visual effects. If you could only visualise yourself what this would look like, then add wind turbines to the Eastern ridges of the township and close communities the only spars area left without unnatural visual impacts.
This is already having a negative dividing effect amongst the residents of Muscle creek Community and the hosts of the project.
The fact that the Bowman Creek project application was well under way before surrounding communities were aware is really concerning. Not many people know or associate Muswellbrook with Bowman Creek as it is a tiny community outside of Muswellbrook towards Singleton. It felt as though this project was an attempt to sneak it through the back door with its Title alone. We were not directly notified by Epuron about the project as we were outside their 3km turbine zone (We are 3.1km away from the nearest turbine). We found out by word of mouth through some neighbours who caught wind of it from other community members.
A few members of neighbouring communities including McCully’s Gap towards Scone reached out to people through pamphlets and email to make surrounding properties and others aware of the project.
Many of us were unaware that the plan was so advanced before we were notified or had complete understanding of the project and impacts, yet since objections are falling on deaf ears of our local council and upper hunter government representatives.
This whole project is a great concern for myself and my family. Our home is our sanctuary, we have an array of bird populations out here, the type of quietness that is only disturbed by the sounds of birds, frogs , cows and the occasional car that is travelling too and from there homes down the dead end road that is Muscle Creek Road. It is a beautiful area, one that I am proud to welcome friends and family to visit and enjoy. In my opinion and many others this will have a negative effect on the community visually and financially.
This project will potentially and very likely negatively effect the value of my property and dwelling, this is less a concern for me as the visual aspect but I’m afraid they will come hand in hand together if the project is approved. This is my home, the beautiful place I wish to retire, this is a life changing decision for us. In the future I would like to pass this property down to my children but if this wind farm project is approved it will jeopardise this.
I again strongly object to the Bowman Creek Wind Farm project and I am pleading with you to not allow this project to go ahead.