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Spicers Creek Wind Farm

Dubbo Regional, Warrumbungle Shire

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Development of a wind energy generation project with up to 117 wind turbines, with energy storage and associated infrastructure.

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This project is a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and will be assessed under the bilateral agreement between the NSW and Commonwealth Governments, or an accredited assessment process. For more information, refer to the Australian Government's website.

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John McBratney
Object
Lancefield , New South Wales
Message
I object strongly to this project on the unassailable solid engineering based ground that solar and wind generation cannot under any circumstances provide steady reliable power to a power grid. The inherent capacity factor averages around 30% and there is no known or potential generation technology anywhere in the world that can provide adequate fill-in generation for solar and wind systems, except coal, gas or nuclear based systems. Accordingly these system should not be built at huge expense to the public purse followed by vast ecological destruction during building and subsequently when these systems fail and hardware has to be disposed of.

Secondly I object strongly to these systems based upon the fact that they rely on mining by child slave labour in under-developed countries.
Australia should NOT support such reprehensible actions.

John McBratney B.Tech (Electronic Engineering)
Telecommunications Engineer (Rtd)
Name Withheld
Object
Barham , New South Wales
Message
As a person under 20, I strongly object to solar, wind and high transmission line installations. In particular, the spices Creek wind installation.
I am going to form part of the next generations to come. Will have to live with these ominous instillation.
Not only are they a blight on the eyesight, all flora and fauna in the vicinity of them and people living close will be constantly subject to the noise.
The destruction of farming land is of Alarming to me as what food will be provided for the people of our nation in the future if we decimate all our farming production land. Rendering it unusable as most agricultural machinery is over 3 m high, which is the restrictions put on around some high transmission lines.
I am already feeling the incumbent of mental health with the worry of the my future, my family’s future, and the children and grandchildren, I maybe blessed have, all of their futures.
I think food security plus electricity security equals National security.
There needs to be a deeper look at this out of control run to cover Australian in Solar, wind and transmission lines. Relying on intermittent uncontrollable weather.
This installations are Reckless Renewals.
Name Withheld
Object
Lake Albert , New South Wales
Message
References:
**The 'Sunk Cost' Trickery That Makes Renewables Seem Cheaper Than They Are - 23rd July 2023.
https://www.fresheconomicthinking.com/p/the-sunk-cost-trickery-that-makes?utm_medium=web
AIDAN MORRISON (Entrepreneurial data scientist based in Sydney. Physics background, interests in military technology, economics and energy.)
How CSIRO justifies the exclusions: “Sunk Cost”
“But wait, this deception is so brazen and transparent…….
All of these tens of billions of dollars of projects are explicitly excluded from the cost of integrating renewables.”

**The $10 billion cabal of renewable subsidies killing coal - Alan Moran - 24th July 2023
https://www.regulationeconomics.com/_files/ugd/b6987c_a76d14823d6342a298b70841f

**Energy Drowning in Subsidies
Australians are Unjustly Forced to Subsidise Unethical, Contaminating, anti-Australian Electronic Junk!
https://www.regulationeconomics.com/_files/ugd/b6987c_91012ad6a64b401e8e915a45c79911b4.

**Embedded Energy, Rare Earths & Components in Wind Turbines
Extract:
“Green groups are starting to rumble the fact that wind power ain’t so green, after all. Giant industrial wind turbines comprise hundreds of tonnes of steel, aluminium, plastics, copper and rare earths used in the generator’s magnets. There is also at least a tonne of gear oil and hydraulic fluid on board. And then there’s the 50-80 m long blades each weighing between 12 and 18 tonnes, each a veritable cocktail of toxic plastics, fibreglass and composite materials – all inevitably headed for landfill.”
https://stopthesethings.com/2021/12/18/billions-of-wind-turbine-blades-built-with-balsa-wood-stripped-from-amazons-forests/

 **China's Dream - Patricia Adams
https://www.thegwpf.org/content/uploads/2021/12/Adams-Chinas-Energy-Dream.pdf

**Does China’s rapid rise in the Australian car market pose a security risk? | The Strategist
https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/does-chinas-rapid-rise-in-the-australian-car-market-pose-a-security-risk/

**Dead chickens and decomposing bodies: Inside South Africa’s power blackout ‘pandemic’ - Egypt Independent
https://egyptindependent.com/dead-chickens-and-decomposing-bodies-inside-south-africas-power-blackout-pandemic/

**Oxley Bridge Rd Uranquinty Determination 24th Nov 2022
TWO NEW PRECEDENTS HAVE BEEN SET
NEW MODERN SLAVERY CONDITION & AMENDED STORMWATER MANAGEMENT PLAN (re CONTAMINATION.)

* TWO NEW PRECEDENTS HAVE BEEN SET by Oxley Bridge Rd Uranquinty NSW Solar Determination 24th Nov 2022:-
https://apps.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/prweb/PRRestService/DocMgmt/v1/PublicDocuments/DATA-WORKATTACH-FILE%20PEC-DPE-EP-WORK%20PPSSTH-149!20221124T045856.774%20GMT
(*Including Audio of Professor Ian Plimer’s Presentation on Solar Contamination.)

1. NEW MODERN SLAVERY CONDITION- requiring proof prior to construction that NO Slave Labour supply chain components be used in construction.
**New Condition Inserted C4A - Dealing With Modern Slavery.
Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act 2018

*NSW Local Council Act 1993
428 Annual Report
438 ZE Duty to Ensure Goods & Services Are Not Procured From Modern Slavery.

This applies to all NSW Government Bodies - including Councils - for those who Host, Procure or have a Power Purchase Agreement with Solar/Wind Energy Generation/BESS whose construction has used Modern Slavery Supply Chain Sourced Components
eg. City of Sydney, the Opera House, Kiama, Shoalhaven, Shellharbour Councils & Westpac, etc. have an unethical PPA with Spark Infrastructure’s Xinjiang Jinko Solar based Bomen Solar - unethically Hosted by Wagga City Council.
REROC has an unethical PPA with Iberdrola - with Xinjiang JA Solar based Avonlie Solar - unethically Hosted by Narrandera Shire.

2. AMENDED STORM WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN CONDITION re-CONTAMINATION – QUALIFIED TESTING/REPORTING, CONTAMINATION RESPONSE PROCEDURE, etc.

**Amended Condition C8.
Prior to Commencement of Any Works - Storm Water Management Plan.
On Site & Discharge From the Site.
Testing Points & Regular Water Samples, Suitably Qualified Person.
Written Response Procedures if CONTAMINATION is Found - required PRIOR to CONSTRUCTION.
Availability of Results.
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Dr James Cockayne
NSW Anti-slavery Commissioner
M: +61 0455 255 453
[email protected]

Carolyn Kitto ‘Be Slavery Free’
Ph: 0438 040 959
[email protected]

Ramila Chanisheff
Australian Uyghur Tangritagh Women's Association - AUTWA
University of S.A
Ph: 0461 402 531 706
[email protected]
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**The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner For Human Rights
https://www.ohchr.org/sites/default/files/documents/countries/2022-08-31/22-08-31-final-assesment.pdf

**Australia ratifies International Forced Labour Protocol | Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Minister for Women Marise Payne
https://www.foreignminister.gov.au/minister/marise-payne/media-release/australia-ratifies-international-forced-labour-protocol

**Implementation of the Magnitsky Act is another avenue to ensure this shamefully unethical industry is not exploited in Australia.

**BLOOD BATTERIES - THE DARK SIDE OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES - Gravitas Plus YouTube
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RFHvq-8np1o

**THE DISTURBING REALITY OF COBALT MINING FOR RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES.
“CLEAN COBALT IS A FICTION – THERE IS NO CLEAN COBALT - IT'S ALL MARKETING!”
People need to get educated so they are agitated about it enough to do something to change this.
https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/mining/harvard-professor-explains-heartwrenching-source-of-electric-vehicle-iphone-batteries/news-story/db881f47c76db89581409c092a740c4c
Joe Rogan exposes sad truth about cobalt used in electric vehicle, iPhone batteries |news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site.
Cobalt is in all iPhones, tablets & crucially EV's - it maximises charge & stability.
Before anyone knew what was happening the Chinese Government & Chinese companies took control of almost all of the big mines in the Congo, with the local population displaced & the Congolese people under duress - digging in subhuman, gut wrenching conditions - using all raw human force - clanking the cobalt out of the ground!
Throughout the whole history of slavery, never has there been more suffering that generated more profit than was linked to more lives of people around the world than what is happening today in the Congo - mining cobalt in appalling, heart wrenching & dangerous conditions.

Wind Energy's Absurd | Facebook
“Cobalt Red -
How the Blood of the Congo Powers our Lives” - Siddharth Kara
https://www.facebook.com/100064419293322/posts/thanks-to-wea-friend-peter-for-pointing-us-in-the-direction-of-the-video-of-the-/601970201960284/
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 **WIND TURBINES ARE A FAKE GREEN SCOURGE - SHEDDING TONNES OF MICROPLASTICS FROM WIND TURBINE BLADES (KNOWN AS ‘LEADING EDGE EROSION’) - AFTER ONLY A FEW YEARS OF OPERATION.

Mark Twichell spells out the poisonous truth - why Wind Turbines are a dangerous idea.
The Buffalo News October 2022.

"Wind Turbine Blades leave a toxic waste legacy for centuries to come, but there is an even more immediate threat - their blades naturally erode during operation - spreading tonnes of microplastics far & wide.
The epoxy compounds they shed contain toxins that are finding their way into our oceans & drinking water.

The particles eroded from Wind Turbine blades includes epoxy resin which is 40% Bisphenol (BPA) - a frequently banned endocrine disrupter & neurotoxin” - equally as toxic as blue asbestos & lethal to young children.

“Academic research has shown the potential for 137 pounds of epoxy micro particles to be shed per turbine per year.
The resulting annual BPA release can potentially contaminate 17 million gallons of drinking water per turbine while threatening aquatic & terrestrial life.

Minimising the shedding depends on specialised blade coatings that contain toxic ingredients from the PFAS family of 'forever' chemicals which are biologically cumulative & non-degradable.
These coatings likely need replacement after a few years.
PFAS is a common ingredient in lubricants & hydraulic fluids which routinely leak from Wind Turbines."

**18th August 2022 - Dr Eric Blondeel says:-
“That the plastics in the blades are toxic - is without doubt!”

As far back as 2012 the World Health Organisation warned about potential carcinogenic properties of endocrine disrupters & concluded that these substances pose a global threat to public health.
Unborn & young children are especially vulnerable because their hormone system is still developing.

**Willatook wind farm: Brolga and bat ruling a ‘death knell’
https://www.afr.com/companies/energy/brolga-and-bat-ruling-a-death-knell-for-victorian-wind-farm-20230801-p5dt2l
Name Withheld
Object
Lake Albert , New South Wales
Message
I absolutely OBJECT to Squadron Energy’s obnoxious Industrialised Wind Electricity Generating Works - Bird/Bat/Bee Killing Monstrosity with 117 x 258m high Bisphenol A (lethal to young children - as toxic as blue asbestos) shedding Wind Turbines & Big Lumps of Filthy, Fire Inferno Lithium Batteries - 400 MW/‘with up to 1,800 megawatt-hour (MWh) storage capacity’ & Associated Infrastructure on 17,731 ha of high yielding, very productive Food resource land.
This site includes a large catchment area for the Talbragar River, borders on Sandy Creek, Native Dog Creek & Baragonumble Creek with precious, uncontaminated underground water from the artesian basin a wonderful, life sustaining blessing in this area.

Environmentally destructive Wind Turbines with toxic blades that soon suffer leading edge erosion - with hazardous toxic dust, leaking oil & likely fire from this ruinous electronic infrastructure are extreme Public Health & Safety Risks - which do not belong anywhere on this uncontaminated, limited, irreplaceable arable land or anywhere at all in Australia.
Weather Dependent, part-time power should never be connected to Australia’s Electricity Grid as it has ruined our sovereignty, our Electricity Market & the reliability & security of our Electricity Grid.

Squadron’s EIS has not even included the Critically Endangered ‘Small Purple Pea’ & has neglected to assess all of the Threatened & Endangered Flora & Fauna species - including numerous birds, reptiles & marsupials - besides the Barking Owl, Superb Parrot, Glossy Black Cockatoo, there are also Fire Tail Finches, Wedge Tailed Eagles, small Bat species & Rock Wallaby, etc.

It is totally unsatisfactory that this EIS admits that it does not accurately identify the type of BESS planned.
Consequently another EIS will definitely be required for another Exhibition & submissions - prior to any assessment & approval.

The Contaminating Visual Amenity Nightmare of Spicers Creek Wind would unjustly subject rural people to an ugly, irritating eyesore - totally contrary to the naturally pretty outlook & character of the attractive rural landscape.
Squadron’s plan is an Unethical Slave Labour based, risky Moral Hazard for Dubbo & Warrumbungle Councils.
Where is the acknowledgement of the Amended Stormwater Management Condition & the New Modern Slavery Condition? (Reference: Oxley Bridge Rd Solar Determination.)
Dubbo Shire is already prolifically flouting the NSW Parliament Modern Slavery Act 2021 with excessive Modern Slavery based Projects unethically hosted & is so extensively cursed by a plethora of ticking time bombs!
BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS are a ticking time bomb!
If they catch fire they cannot be put out and release hexafluoride - a very toxic gas which can kill animals if inhaled.
In England a 15 km exclusion zone is set up - but if one catches fire in Australia there is none!
THIS IS A HUGE PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY RISK THAT NSW & FEDERAL POLICY MAKERS, PLANNERS & APPROVING BODIES ARE INTENTIONALLY & UNJUSTLY IGNORING!
**See Coleambally BESS SOS OBJECTION for further detrimental impacts.
Coleambally Battery Energy Storage System | Planning Portal - Department of Planning and Environment (nsw.gov.au)

I Object on the following grounds:-
*Loss of Ag Land Threatens Food Security *Increased, Seriously Toxic - Carcinogenic & Teratogenic Fire/Smoke Hazard Risk
*Wind Turbines & BESS are a Toxic Contamination Disaster for Our Essential, Life Sustaining Land/Water.
*Batteries are Filthy, Toxic Fire Inferno Risks, Incapable & Limited - only lasting 7-10 yrs
*Personal Discomfort caused by Electrical Force (classed as Criminal Assault)& EMR.
*Unreliable, Inferior, Intermittent, Weather Dependent, Part Time Power.
*Uyghur Slave Labour sourced Unethical Cobalt for Wind Turbines & Batteries from the Congo, etc. with children as young as 6 yrs old forced to mine this toxic material in terrible conditions with their bare hands!
*Creates a Massive Pile of Unplanned for Toxic Waste
*Glaring Visual Amenity Nightmare
*Extremely Costly Subsidised Energy Poverty that is Wrecking Australia’s Economic Prosperity.
*Ruination of Our Children’s Intergenerational Equity
* Against Australian’s Best Interests - Puts Our Sovereignty at Extreme Risk as 24/7 Independent, Australian Power is Essential for Australia’s National Security NOT this CCP Reliant, Fake Green, RenewaBULL Wind/Solar Grift & Ponzi Scheme/Scam.
*Environmental & Ecological Destruction of Nature.

Australia’s Limited, Irreplaceable Food Producing Land is our Rich Soil Heritage & must be preserved for future generations in equal if not better condition than we received it - NOT contaminated by selfish, greedy, subsidy suckers with their totally disingenuous & detrimental, unreliable, Stone Age, weather dependent, part-time power, toxic Wind Turbines + BESS nightmare - which has a hopeless capacity factor of approximately 30%.

Spicers Creek Wind is the antithesis of Caring for Country, defies ALL the Principles of Ecological Sustainable Development, will NEVER protect the land for future Primary Production, has totally ignored the NSW Parliament Modern Slavery Act 2021, the New Modern Slavery Condition & Amended Storm Water Management Plan - failing to recognise the obvious onsite contamination risks to our life sustaining FOOD resource land & vital water sources(Reference: Oxley Bridge Rd Solar Uranquinty Determination.)

This plan DOES NOT align with regional and local land use plans & objectives.
NONE of Squadron Energy’s claims are true!
2.2.1. Dubbo/Warrumbungle Shire Local Environmental Plan 2010 (Dubbo/Warrumbungle LEP)
The subject land is zoned RU1 Primary Production
“To encourage sustainable primary industry production by maintaining and enhancing the natural resource base ….
and the commitment to maintain soil capability after decommissioning…. the natural resource base is likely to be enhanced.”
“The wind farm would be highly reversible with no adverse impact on land capability and therefore primary industry enterprises, after it is decommissioned.
…..After decommissioning, most above ground infrastructure would be removed and the site returned to its existing land capability, for continued agricultural or alternative appropriate uses.”

**WHERE IS THE ESSENTIAL RESEARCH & THE SCIENTIFIC DETERMINATION TO PROVE THIS?
WHAT ABOUT THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE - re- Likely Serious/Irreversible Environmental Risks/Harm from Bisphenol A shedding Wind Turbine blades during its OPERATIONAL LIFE - degrading in only a matter of a few years, with blades only guaranteed for 5 yrs - causing totally irresponsible, ongoing, irreversible harm.

**WHAT ARE THE IMPACTS TO THIS PRECIOUS AG LAND FROM THE BIG BLOCKS OF CONTAMINATING CEMENT LEFT IN THE GROUND & THE DEGRADING WIND TURBINES WHEN ABANDONED BY THIS DODGY, SUBSIDY RELIANT, FAKE GREEN COMPANY?

**WHERE IS THE UPFRONT DECOMMISSIONING/REMEDIATION - STORM/FIRE DAMAGE CLEAN-UP BOND PRIOR TO CONSTRUCTION? As is required for the Coal industry.

**THIS PLAN TOTALLY FAILS THE CLIMATE CHANGE BILLS & RENEWABULL TARGETS eg. Skyrocketing prices & energy poverty due to weather dependent, unreliable RE, Deceptive Sunk Costs (Reference: Sunk Cost Trickery - Debunked CSIRO Gencost Report,) Loss of Economic Prosperity (Reference: Alan Moran - The $10 Billion Cabal,) Jobs, Industry/Manufacturing - due to the Loss of our Affordable, Australian Power Advantage, NO PRODUCTIVITY, National Security Nightmare (Reference: Patricia Adam’s - China’s Energy Dream, Does China’s Rapid Rise …,)Environmental Destruction - Contaminating Toxic Bisphenol
A…References:
https://stopthesethings.com/category/bisphenol-a-wind-turbine-blades/

https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/10/australian-notes-322/

Spicers Creek Wind DEFIES ALL THE PRINCIPLES OF ESD - ECOLOGICAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT!!
(Reference: Dead Chickens & Decomposing Bodies.)

**WHY HAVE THEY INTENTIONALLY LEFT OUT & IGNORED THE NSW PARLIAMENT MODERN SLAVERY ACT 2021, THE NEW MODERN SLAVERY CONDITION & THE AMENDED STORMWATER MANAGEMENT PLAN CONDITION?

Squadron’s Spicers Creek Wind Totally Defies All of the following claims:-
**2.1.2. Climate Change Bill 2022
*focused on creating jobs, cutting power bills and reducing emissions by boosting renewable energy (References: Embedded Energy in Wind Turbines, Alan Moran - Energy Drowning in Subsidies.)

2.1.6. NSW Electricity Strategy
The three objectives of the NSW Government for the state’s electricity system, as stated in the NSW Electricity Strategy are ALL DEFIED BY THIS RUBBISH PLAN:-
1. Reliability
2. Affordability
3. Sustainability.
The NSW Government’s Electricity Strategy IS NOT & WILL NOT EVER ACHIEVE:-
• Improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the NSW electricity market by reducing risk, cost,
* Energy Security Target
*minimises costs to consumers and taxpayers and does not give rise to moral hazard risk.
• achieve the objectives for the electricity system which include reliability, affordability and economic growth and sustainability. The contribution of the Project to local employment and economy

AUSTRALIANS DESERVE FAR SUPERIOR, RELIABLE, EFFICIENT, SECURE AUSTRALIAN COAL, GAS & A CLEAN, SAFE NUCLEAR POWER FUTURE NOT THIS INDUSTRIALISED, TOXIC ELECTRONIC GARBAGE - SPICERS CREEK WIND PLAN!
Name Withheld
Object
GUYRA , New South Wales
Message
What Are you doing in Australia, to Australia. Can you Stop It.

I Demand Rooftop Renewables Immediately and I Need the Australian Government under Investigation for Harm and Loss to, to, to:

Habitat as Nature Reserve,

Eagles as Endangered Species, right near 258 m high 3 Bladed Wind Turbines, That Can Be Bladeless, Can Be, Can Be.

What Else is Impacted in this area, Sacred Land you see.

A River. 4 Creeks. A Wetland possibly unable, unable, due to traffic criss crossing an Ancient Ancient area that had No people anywhere near it. Do you understand. It's A Sacred Area, yeah.

Eagles. Endangered. What do you care ? I'm Asking you. Yes you, reader of Objections to Killing Machines, also called Sky Machetes, also called 3 Bladed Wind Turbines that Can Be Vortex Bladeless , Can't they, Ah.

Owls. Do you know How Rare they are ? What sort of people are you ? What sort of people are you who work For Companies, of course, because you allow Impacts to areas named Wilderness, Habitat, Endangered Wild Life, Threatened Wild Life, Enterprises, Grain Growing Food regions now contaminated already. Need the Research documents Government have done to say these Turbines are Clean Energy and Reliable and what else, ah, what else, "recognised impacts" where people are Paid what sort of money to Accept Wind Turbines on or near their property, But they are not able to Discuss Agreements with Friends, Family, Community. That's a very issue that Must Need an Inquiry Immediately Immediately Immediately. Lack of Consultation with Community reasons. Yes. Poor Consultation reasons. No Consultation reasons, reasons, for a Royal Commission Immediately into Renewables and Transmission Lines and the Government named Australia, who Support Harm and Loss to:

Wildlife, Endangered. Who do you think you are, you, yes you.

Farmers that are Pleading for Assistance to Stop 3 Bladed Wind Turbines, Times By 117 , For Gods Sake, and It Is For Gods Sake you a b c people and you gov.au people plus Greed in Farmer who Cannot Discuss Agreements with friends now not at all. Gone are the days of Care to Country that were so ever so Caring to All On Country, On Country, as All Life you see.

Get Off My Nation, gov.au, a Harm and Loss entity serving the Big Dollar business ain't you, ah, as You , gov.au, Allow this Hideous Harming form of Energy On a Dry Continent, Harmed Each and Every day by gov.au Guidelines, Outdated and Irrelevant to Current Year 2023, 2023, where Idiots use Unintelligent information, that Harms Catchments you see.

I Object Vehemently to this proposal in a area named Sacred Site area of the River system Inappropriately named by white settlers.

I Object Vehemently to Squadron Energy, who Cannot ever offer Care to Country.

I Object to the People who work in government who think the Killing Machines are OK, when Vortex Bladeless Wind Turbines are a alternative of Low Impact to All On Country near and far from Wind Farms, I Need On Rooftops Now, from now, Not On Farmland, Not On Wilderness areas, Not On Territories of the Majestic Wedge Tail Eagles. And they are Majestic yet you Don't care about them being Killed. How do you think ? What do you feel about Bird Kill from 3 Bladed Wind Turbines, ah. Tell me. I want to know what you feel. Feel. You think it's OK for Birds to be Killed plus Bats Vital for Pollinating Native Vegetation.

Do you know how Close 258 m 3 Bladed Wind Turbines are to Dapper Nature Reserve, a Nature Reserve .

This is Unbearable but you seem to believe it's OK to Kill Birds and Bats , when the Alternatives Are Available. Alternatives Are available. Are available. Use them and Cease and Desist 3 Bladed Wind Turbines, 258 m high God Help Our BirdLife , hey, hey, hey. Use Alternatives Without Blades. Why aren't you ? You ? You reading this. Who are you ? Do you care about our birdlife, or not. I do. Don't you ? Don't you ?

Ban 3 Bladed Wind Turbines Immediately. Immediately.

Ban 3 Bladed Wind Turbines Immediately. Immediately.

Use Appropriate Care for Country methods for Energy to the Australian people, already Available. Eg. Rooftops .

Vortex Bladeless Wind Turbines. Use Them, For Gods Sake, Please, please.

Use technology that doesn't cause Harm and Loss.

It Is Available. Use it.

Use it.

Cease and Desist 3 Bladed Unreliables that are Proven Unreliable.

Cease and Desist Aquifer Impact Immediately, Immediately, Immediately. If we continue to access Great Artesian Basin Water, we go Dry. There's a message for you.

Go Away Squadron Energy, who Views Bird Kill in EIS documents and Accepts 3-Bladed Wind Turbines. How Dare They. How Dare They. How Dare They and You , you Hideous gov.au, causing Immense Grief to your farming communities who Fight the Renewables Lies, Lies, Lies, L i e s, Lies. How Dare You, gov.au, Believe these Wind Farms are Acceptable On Our Farmland, You Feed From and Drink From yes, yes, yes.

Farmers must Stand Up for this Nation , under a Hideous Australian government I need in an Inquiry into Harm and Loss to Original Native Species just for Renewables to be positioned on Country, When an Alternative Can Be Rooftops instead.

And this.

Eagles. Sacred Masters that Fly and Soar and Fly a long way toward Territories where now.

God. Help Wildlife Be Cared for in a Land named Australia, under Threat from Money, Money, Renewables On Country On Farmland In Wilderness and In Oceans, Money, Excess Extraction of Resources in a Climate Emergency, Ignored by our government. How Dare You gov.au, How Dare You. How Dare You gov.au, How Dare You do this method to Our People, the Farmers who grow Food in a Dry Continent facing a Worse Future than Ever Before IF it includes any more 3 Bladed Wind Turbine Farms. The Alternatives Are Available. Why Aren't you using them ? Why. Stop It Immediately, this Nonsense that Harms Catchments, Farmland, Wildlife, and Rare they Are You see.

I Demand a Royal Commission into Renewables Immediately Immediately Immediately. Immediately. Immediately. Alternatives don't Kill Birds nor Bats, nor Harm Farming communities, nor Harm Catchments that are in a Dry Continent . Go Vortex Bladeless Wind Turbines instead, or Just Stop this Rubbish. Rubbish. Absolute Rubbish, Harming Our People. Harming our Rare and Endangered and Brink of Extinction Wildlife. Harming Species. Harming Cloud. Harming our Rainfall yes yes yes . I Research them you see. Wind Turbines don't work after a few years. I watch them. Those Things named Unreliables.

I Demand Cessation of 3 Bladed Wind Turbines Immediately Immediately Immediately. Alternatives exist. Let us Discuss Our Future ,Ours, Ours, your Peoples. And Get Out of Your Chair and Say Sorry to Wildlife You Kill you see by accepting 3 Bladed Sky Machete Wind Turbines, that can be Tiny or Vortex Bladeless, On Rooftops.
Name Withheld
Object
COOLAH , New South Wales
Message
I object strongly to the Spicer's Creek turbine factory.
The rural agricultural areas to the west of the Great Dividing Range are being targeted for installation of renewable energy factories by way of declaring REZ's.
The fabric of the communities has been split asunder by the tactics of both the renewable construction industry & the NSW state govt EnergyCo.
Of particular importance are:
the inability of anyone to explain who will remove these units when their usable life expires? (particularly the concrete bases)
Who will be responsible for fire fighting activities in the vicinity.
Who bears responsibility for fires caused by these turbines?
I foresee large areas of productive farmland sterilised & water supplies polluted as the toxins leaching from the leading edge of turbine blades as they wear & are blown on the prevailing wind.
Environment & wildlife, particularly birdlife are called 'collateral damage' & their destruction accepted as par for the course.
It is widely reported that turbine blades are not recyclable.
Digging a hole & burying onsite are not acceptable.
Destruction of trees to enable construction of claimed CO2 saving devices seems counter-productive.
Swathes of bushland & farmland must be cleared with permanent roads put through to facilitate operations for over 2 decades.
Compaction of soil & residue toxins mean this land may never return to production as farm land.
The future:
With turbine factories come the HT towers & wires which present probably the greatest destruction of farmable country.
The setbacks required again remove arrable country from our farming stock.
Residential:
Many land owners are concerned over the infrasound noise factor produced by these things.
Assurances given seem in no way to match the experiences of reports in Australia as well as overseas. There is much debate here.
Proximity to dwellings & workplaces result in visual as well as audio pollution with the flicker effect a constant problem according to reports.
Last but not least:
Land owners adjacent to properties that host turbines do not benefit in any way but suffer the same impacts as their hosting neighbours.
Name Withheld
Object
COOLAH , New South Wales
Message
This is environmental vandalism.

The only people that would support such a project are the gullible or those that perceive there will be a financial benefit.

There is nothing clean or green about Spicers Creek wind Farm. The construction materials required, the mining required to build the turbines and storage, the transport costs, the transmission costs, the lasting environmental damage to the site all ensures that this project will be nothing but an environmental disaster. A government funded one at that!
Ruth Withers
Object
Uarbry , New South Wales
Message
These monstrosities have been proven to be giant hoax from every aspect. Rather than save the environment they destroy it. They are giant pink elephants, stomping through farmland and bushland alike and destroying everything in their path. They are dangerous to both human and animal life, don’t do the job thy are claimed to do and even if they did, cannot be produced on the scale required. You cannot protect the environment by destroying it.
Name Withheld
Object
COOLAH , New South Wales
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I wish to object to this project on behalf of a soil scientist who was unable to establish a login to the State Major Projects portal due to technical difficulties with the site.

The Soil Survey for Spicers Creek Wind Farm appears to fail standard protocols/guidelines for soil survey, soil profile inspection techniques, presentation of field evidence and photos and oversight by qualified soil scientist. The following is a summary of concerns with the ‘Factual Soil Study Report’ undertaken by D&N Geotechnical (Appendix 16) and the Economic Assessment (Appendix 22).

1. A hand auger was used for all inspection sites. This is considered an unacceptable soil profile investigation method. Excavated pits or push tube cores are considered acceptable methods for soil survey.

2. There are no photos of the soil profiles in the report, therefore none of the core logs can be verified with photographic evidence, which is a requirement in all other projects I’ve seen.

3. There doesn’t appear to be enough soil sampling sites across the project site. All other projects in NSW I’ve seen require 1 site every 25 ha as a minimum for disturbance areas.

4. Section 3.7 of Appendix 22 of the EIS states there is 1,571 ha of LSC Class 3 Land disturbed? Class 3 land is good quality land. If true, this is far greater than any current project in NSW, and would have a significant impact on agriculture.

5. The EIS states: soils within the Project Site are slightly or non-sodic, and the Project Site is generally considered to have a low erosion hazard on average.

I know personally these soils are erosive. It is unclear where the above conclusion of non-sodic and low erosion potential came from, as there is no supporting evidence, in fact the available evidence says the opposite and the EIS claim appears misleading.

6. There has been no site verification of Land Capability and no assessment of any of the investigation sites to help ground truth the regional mapping. There only appears to be a desktop cut and paste of existing government mapping, with a handful of Geotechnical sites, none of which fulfill the requirements of a soil assessment for such a major project. This is an unusually low level of detail for major project level assessments.

Understanding the nature of soils and landscapes and the risks associated with disturbance impacts from construction activities, especially road and track building, I reject the conclusions drawn from the ‘Factual Soil Study Report’ and the underwhelming, low on detail, soil assessment and agriculture assessment. I’ve viewed other State Significant project applications and in particular the level of agriculture assessment, soils assessment and water assessments, and this is a well below standard report for such a major development in the region.
Terry Wicks
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COOLAH , New South Wales
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There is no reason to clear land to put up giant outdated bird killers
Carolyn EMMS
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LAKE BARRINE , Queensland
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Please see attached objection to Spicers Creek Wind proposal.
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Coolah , New South Wales
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I object to the Squadron Energy project "Spicers Creek Wind Farm".

Like all "renewable" energy developers Squadron fail to identify and quantify the threatened species that will be seriously and irreversibly impacted by this project. Given that the NSW Local Lands Service identify significantly more threatened, vulnerable and protected species in the Spicers Creek area than Squadron is not surprising. Likewise BCS will undoubtedly determine that Squadron have not calculated the amount of biodiversity credits required accurately. How biodiversity credits will ever compensate the vast amount of flora and fauna destroyed in the name of wind energy is completely unbelievable.

Where does Squadron plan to obtain the water required for project construction? Projects of this size estimate the water required each day during construction is generally $1 million litres (each day). How many other projects in the area will be in construction at the same time? What impact will there be on ground water? What controls will DPE put in place to ensure that homes and businesses are not robbed of water while dozens of "renewable" energy developments are in construction in one small geographic location?
Alison Ahern
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Mundubbera , Queensland
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I strongly object to this project.
Celia Piper
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COOLAH , New South Wales
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I object to the proposed Spicers Creek Wind ‘Farm’ as the 117 turbines and related infrastructure will inevitably and unrepairably damage the local ecosystem, biodiversity and ruin peoples enjoyment and way of life.
Name Withheld
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MOLLYAN , New South Wales
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This industrial wind farm will impact the lives of those in the area. Main concerns are: health effects on humans from EMF; health impacts on livestock; overall environmental concerns; visual concerns; what happens when there is a fire in summer? Will everything go up in flames and spread fast?; what happens when the companies go bust? How will the turbines be decommissioned? IF decommissioned, the concrete pads and cabling left in the ground will impact farming in the future; Are these renewables really that green? The carbon footprint to make and run these is huge; The impacts all the powerlines have on those with them on their properties and surrounding properties; why are renewables going up in the land that makes our nation’s food? What impacts will they have on our food production?; renewables will kill off rural towns.
There needs to be more thought out into this process. Why are they not put closer to the cities in the National Parks? If they are environmentally friendly, why can’t they go there? Why does rural NSW have to cop the brunt of these?
Grant Piper
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COOLAH , New South Wales
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I strongly oppose the project for many reasons.
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Coolah , New South Wales
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I object to Squadron Energy's proposed Spicers Creek Wind Farm project.

The social impact on affordable housing in small communities is already being impacted by the multitude of energy projects. This project will only exacerbate this problem across the region. For some time energy developers have been actively advertising they are seeking accommodation in small communities plus they are also buying up buildings that contain accommodation. Squadron Energy will be no different. These energy developers are exploiting our communities.

Repeatedly we see these developers using the same companies for the preparation of the EIS. The template used ensures numerous mistakes, omissions, exaggerations and falsehoods.

This project serves only one purpose: financial gain for Squadron Energy. Take the government subsidies away and regional communities will no longer be plundered by developers.
Name Withheld
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Coolah , New South Wales
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Yet another environmental disaster for our region, from yet another private company serving only themselves.

I object to the Spicers Creek Wind farm project.
John Moore
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WANGARATTA , Victoria
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Submission objecting to the Spicers Creek Wind Farm, being granted permission to proceed to construction.
It is vitally essential that an electricity generating project, generating electricity to supply to the Grid must have a full supply of fuel in order that it is able to supply electricity for every second, of every minute, of every hour, of every hour, of every day, of the year, when it makes a bid to do so.
The Spicers Creek Wind Farm has an insurmountable lack of (weather) fuel, which renders it to be impossible to ever be considered as a practical and economic supplier of electricity to the Grid.
To explain. The Spicers Creek Wind Farm turbines will be powered by a weather fuel, the Wind. At 12am, every day, the Spicers Creek Wind Farm fuel tank is empty and the operator has NO CERTAINITY AS TO HOW MUCH FUEL WILL BE AVAILABLE THAT DAY. And because the Wind Turbines can only produce electricity, when the wind speed is between 12kms/hr and 90kms/hr), the Wind Turbine Industry reports that wind turbines on average, only produce electricity on average for only 30% of their rated capacity or on average for eight hours per day. This means that Wind Turbines will be becalmed on windless days and on particularly still, frosty nights. On the other hand, Wind Turbines have to be shut down, during gale force winds. All this leads to lengthy periods of time (even several days) when the Wind fuel tank is empty and NO electricity is produced. This means there is considerable time when Wind Turbines produce no electricity. Spicers Creek Wind Farm will be typical and produce on average only 30% of its rated capacity.
Introducing Batteries to the project is of no use. Batteries alone can never produce electricity. Batteries only take in electricity and release less than they take out. Therefor batteries are inefficient in storing electricity. The inclusion of a Lithium Battery only makes the Spicers Creek Wind Farm more inefficient and uneconomic. It only increases the cost of the electricity produced to the consumer.
For the reasons stated above, the Spicers Creek Wind Farm will have no control over a daily, significant shortage of supply of fuel, that is totally dependent on the uncertainties of the weather. This disqualifies the Spicers Creek Wind Farm from ever being able to produce the reliable supply of electricity 24/7, that is our modern economy is vitally dependent on.
I also believe that the Spicers Creek Wind Farm is being misleading in quoting that 395,000 homes will be powered by the Wind Farm (Are those reading this quote, expected to believe that it will be “powered for 24hours/7days a week?) If the Spicers Creek Wind Farm is even able to produce the industry average of 30% of the rated capacity. It will mean the 395,000 homes will only be powered, intermittently, on average for 8 hours a day and for the other 16 hours will have to find a totally different source for their power. Squadron Energy Pty Ltd can clarify what period of time, they are quoting as supplying electricity to the 395,000 homes for. Is it 24 hours a day?
I believe it would be highly irresponsible to grant permission to go to construction to the Spicers Creek Wind Farm as rather than being able to make a positive contribution to the Grid, its inclusion would be totally negative and uneconomic.
Further points of objection.
1. In addition to my main objection, The Spicers Creek Wind Farm will take up large areas of agricultural land. The loss of agricultural production will be substantial, both in volume and financial from sales per annum and the loss could continue for one hundred years or more, if the land is not restored. This loss will have a wide effect on the surrounding towns of Gulgong, Dunedoo and Wellington. Set against the electricity production of the Spicers Creek Wind Farm, the lost economic agricultural production, may be more than the economic electricity production of the Spicers Creek Wind Farm while it is in production. Once the productive life of the Spicers Creek Wind Farm has ceased in fifteen- or twenty-years’ time, then the lost financial benefit from lost agricultural production will continue to have a very significant effect on the surrounding towns of Wellington, Gulgong and Dunedoo.
2. As all Wind Turbines are declared hazardous e-waste in Victoria, the European Union and parts of the US., decommissioning will be a huge problem. With the Spicers Creek Wind Farm turbines and blades, containing heavy metals, metal, sealants, copper, concrete steel reinforced blocks, concrete towers, electrical cables, etc. They cannot be demolished by bulldozing and removed by excavators, alone. But instead, they have to be removed carefully, with a huge amount of manpower, which makes the cost prohibitive. Decommissioning results in a huge amount of toxic waste to be disposed of, with in most cases landfill being the only option. Unless Squadron Energy Pty Ltd puts up a restoration bond, there will be nothing stopping the Company from walking away and leaving the local Council and community with a very expensive noxious, Junkheap, that will desecrate the whole area.
3. PUTTING 117 WIND TURBINES ON 250m HIGH TOWERS IN THE MOST FIRE DANGEROUS COUNTRY IN THE WORLD IS BEYOND IMAGINATION AND SHOULD BE STOPPED IMMEDIATELY.

IT WILL CREATE AN EXTREME FIRE HAZARD TO THE SURROUNDING COUNTRYSIDE IN A 300 KILOMETRE RADIUS. ON A TOTAL FIRE BAN DAY WITH A TEMPERATURE OF 43dC AND A NW WIND OF 70KMS/HR, IF THE SPICERS CREEK WIND FARM IS BUILT THEN THE SURROUNDING AREAS INCLUDING WELLINGTON, GULGONG AND DUNEDOO SHOULD BE EVACUATED.

With the Wind turbines being mounted on 250m high towers, if a Wind Turbine catches fire it is very likely to throw burning debris over a very wide area. Completely outside the Spicers Creek Wind Farm perimeter. And the Turbines are likely to fan the fires into infernos.
Fire fighting will be particularly difficult as fire fighters have proclaimed Wind Farms as ‘Proceed with Caution’ areas. And arial water bombers will keep several kilometres away from the Spicers Creek Wind Farm’s turbines and the wind turbulence that they create. Fires that start within the Spicers Creek Wind Farm boundaries may not be fought until they leave the Wind Farm boundary, at which time they will have reached inferno proportions. The surrounding land owners, rural residents and the populations of Wellington, Gulgong and Dunedoo, should be extremely concerned about the welfare and safety of their families and property.
4. If Spicers Creek Wind Farm should be approved to be built, then it should be mandated that the Spicers Creek Wind Farm have a Public Liability policy to cover fire and other possible damage to surrounding areas of at least $10billion to $50billion.
For the above reasons I strongly believe the Spicers Creek Wind Farm should definitely not be granted a planning permit or in any way allowed to proceed to construction.
Name Withheld
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Kalapa , Queensland
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This project involves the clearing of habitat of threatened species, and the size of the development is concerning for bird and bat species that inhabit the area.
There are very few on-going skilled jobs that are created by wind power projects to the detriment of the local community.

While the proponent states that this WF has a 700 MW capacity to power over 395,000 homes, the lower capacity factor (~37% of wind power on average) will never meet these targets for sustained periods of time.
Construction requirements will leave a lasting impact on the environment. Up top 1,000 m3 of concrete will form the base of each turbine and this will never be removed from the ground even after any decommissioning. There is also a large demand for water for concrete and dust suppression during construction (up to 2 million litres per WTG) placing significant demand on water resources in this region. The presence of WTG blades prevents the use of aerial water-bombing to fight fires, due to the obstacle hazard presented by turbine blades within the smoke. This cannot be avoided even if WTG are turned off. Therefore, there is the potential for catastrophic bushfires risk duing hot dry summer periods, with no way to hold up a progressing fire front, presenting high risk to lives in surrounding communities, and neighbouring forested areas.

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Project Details

Application Number
SSD-41134610
EPBC ID Number
2022/09387
Assessment Type
State Significant Development
Development Type
Electricity Generation - Wind
Local Government Areas
Dubbo Regional, Warrumbungle Shire

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