CROOKWELL, being 25 kilometres from the Walwa wind farm, is considered to be beyond the reasonable distance for television reception to be affected.
This is Acciona’s reply to Upper Lachlan’s query, raised by Cr. Malcolm Barlow at the Council’s June meeting.
Cr. Barlow said then that some people who had previously had perfect reception no longer enjoyed this since the wind farm commenced operations.
In his reply to Council, Mr. Brett Wickham, Director Engineering Construction and Operations for Acciona, said that in May 2011, after the wind farm was constructed, his company had undertaken a TV survey as required in the planning permit.
The survey had been carried out by an independent consulting engineering company on all residences within a 5 kilometre radius of the wind farm.
“Mitigation was carried out if required,” Mr. Wickham said.
He added that, as Council itself had noted, Crookwell has been subject to poor reception for many years – “and well prior to the wind farm commencing operations.”
Cr. Barlow commented that it was a “reasonable enough response” but that the area that might be affected could depend on conditions and topography and extend beyond the five kilometres.