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Waubra - The Way the Wind Blows

Waubra’s residents tell their stories

Condensed version – 12 mins

Since the Waubra wind farm started generating power in 2009, the town has acquired a dubious reputation: the so-called `Waubra Disease’ is now known internationally. But how much sense does it make?  Whilst there’s a small number of complainants among the population of 500, there are also 30 families hosting turbines on their land as well as many turbine neighbours – including community leaders - who live happily with the turbines. 

Neil Barrett of Takone Projects has been researching the Waubra situation over the past year. Whilst his attempts to understand the issues raised by complainants are on-going, it has become clear to him that the apparent good health and well-being of the great majority of the community deserves to be more widely known.

In these videos you will meet some of these down-to-earth farming people who live and work happily with wind turbines: people who are not `gagged’ from speaking out, people whose views should be taken seriously by all those who are concerned about climate change and the urgent need to develop renewable energy.


Duration: 11 segments averaging 4 mins each,  total 40 mins;



In this introduction, the producer briefly notes that his attempts to understand the complainants’ problems were unsuccessful, introduces  the turbine hosts and their neighbours and their location in relation to turbines,  describes his study of wind farm opposition in Germany and Denmark  and gives some essential information about Waubra and the impact of the wind farm.

If you have already viewed the condensed version,  to avoid repetition you should fast forward 1’20” into this introduction.

The Interviews


Lawrence and Kerryn Gallagher - hosts


Ken Ewing - host


Rod Brennan - neighbour


Tony and Margaret McDonald - neighbours


David Clark - neighbour


Steve and Karen Molloy - hosts


Elizabeth Daynes - neighbour


Ted and June Harrison - hosts


Marie Loader - neighbour


Doug Hobson - host




Researched, written, recorded and edited by Neil Barrett

Graphics: Mark Carter, Markmaking

Camera assist/backup: Daryl Evans, DazMedia

Special thanks to Wahid Hashimi, Taryn Lane, Jarra Hicks, Deane Belfield, Andrew Bray, Lee Fox, Kim Windsor and Heather Barrett

DVD sales: Takone Projects, PO Box 311, Castlemaine Australia 3450. Email:

Copyright: Takone Projects Pty Ltd 2013.  PO Box 311, Castlemaine, Australia 3450.  Creative Commons Licence. Attribution-NonCommercial-Non Derivs. 3.0 Unported

Any profits made from the sale of the DVD of this series will go to the Victorian Wind Alliance. 

Disclaimer: The wind industry had no role, financial or otherwise, in the making of this DVD.

Use by companies and government bodies: Companies and government bodies (except for educational institutions) wishing to use this DVD for education, training or exhibition should contact Takone Projects at

Neil Barrett is a former energy economist with the State Electricity Commission of Victoria, CEO of Video Education Australasia (VEA) and founding chair of the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (2005-’08) 






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  • commented 2017-09-04 21:54:34 +1000
    In my immediate response to AWA’S Andrew Bray’s very belated reply to my comment, I enclose a copy of my email transcript to him today:

    “Hi again Andrew,

    With regard to chronology being what it is, it would be a big pill that you are expecting us to swallow with you suggestion David Clark (Cr) was “presumably including his views” and stating that “He was speaking in a personal capacity in the video.” That is contrary to the established, documented facts.

    David Clark is a Councilor, he wears that hat 24/7 during his elected term and before he spoke the Video introduced him (first and foremost) As “Cr David Clark” – “Turbine neighbor” – “Land care coordinator” – “Sec. Community Benefit Fund”.

    With regard to the context of his comments he makes several points such as;
    He is “also a local councilor”;
    There is “noticeable noise”;
    Around his house it is “quite pronounced”;
    He acknowledges “there’s been a number of complaints around Waubra”;
    He acknowledges “there’s a number of affected, and legitimately so, and their concerns need to be dealt with”.

    He clearly draws on his information that he has received from his constituents directly and from concerns Council have also received as well as anecdotal farm gate chats either in his capacity as Councilor or Farming Neighbor.

    As Councilor/Mayor he supported all of the concerns raised to Council, by Council and in introducing Councils submission/ contribution to the 28 March 2011 Senate Committee, including all that led up to it and all that led up to the AWA Video he participated in as Councilor David Clark.

    I’d be happy to clarify the facts of the matter with other supporting documents as advised, with anyone, including Cr David Clark for that matter.

    Thanks, Steven"
  • commented 2017-09-02 23:24:55 +1000
    Well, since no one has yet to speak up in this forum, I’ll be the first: It is what it is, propaganda for the Australian Wind Alliance. Our local Pyrenees Shire Councilor David Clark has also since gone on the documented record as accepting failings within the Waubra Acciona Wind farm facility within official Council submissions (I’d be only too happy to provide and upload) that recognizes the legitimate effects this facility has had on MANY, Farming , Rural and Residential residents.