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NEWHAVEN College will be able to ex-
pand its facilities on Phillip Island thanks
to a federal funding grant.
Flinders MP Greg Hunt said it was terrific to be
able to fund projects that directly benefitted local young
“I am incredibly pleased to announce that Newhaven
College on Phillip Island will be able to build new se-
nior school facilities with the assistance of a $1.4million
Commonwealth Government grant,” he said.
“The funding, provided through the Capital Grants
Program, will go towards the construction of new fa-
cilities for years 10-12, ensuring students have the infra-
structure and resources they need to thrive at school.”
Mr Hunt said Newhaven College, under the leader-
ship of principal Gea Lovell, had done a tremendous job
in gradually building its school on the new Phillip Island
Road site to form what is now an impressive, modern
“I remember coming to the site when it was just a
vacant paddock. Watching it grow and expand over the
years had been an incredibly rewarding experience,” Mr
“What started out as the vision of a handful of board
members has become a thriving learning space where
students are realising their full potential.
“I have visited the school many times but I cannot
wait to visit it again once the senior school buildings
“The students, teachers, parents and school commu-
nity should all be immensely proud of what they have
achieved and I congratulate them on reaching this mile-
Ms Lovell said the funding would allow the school
to continue to expand, providing further opportunities
By Brad Lester
BIRDS and bats have been killed by
turbines at the Bald Hills Wind Farm at
Tarwin Lower since the wind farm be-
gan operating in June 2015.
Among them were seven young wedge-tailed
eagles in spring 2015, prompting the wind farm to
launch an investigation of eagle behaviour and risks
posed by turbines, in line with State and Federal
The wind farm’s newsletter July 2016 newsletter
stated, “This investigation concluded that the
potential consequences of the impact were not
significant as the species is common and widespread
throughout much of Australia.
“Notwithstanding this, the studies recommended
mitigation measures to reduce the number of eagles
Wind farm general manager Matthew Croome
was “extremely disappointed” by the 19 bird and 13
“Bald Hills Wind Farm has completed a rabbit
reduction program across the site before the start of
spring 2016 to reduce the attractiveness of the site to
sub adult eagles looking for new territory,” he said.
The newsletter stated, “Most affected species are
common and widespread species characteristic of
agricultural landscapes in south eastern Australia.
“The mix of species was similar to that found
at other wind farms monitored in the same way
elsewhere in south eastern Australia.
“As common species, the population
consequences of such impacts are not considered
significant. The required surveys for threatened bird
species failed to record any threatened species using
Wind farm critic Andrew Chapman of Inverloch
said the newsletter did not mention the eagles
discovered under the turbines were all dead.
“Birds not killed but seriously maimed can move
further away from turbines before dying so may not
have been included in the tally,” the naturalist said.
“The total number of dead birds would also be
higher if the observation period was longer including
the rest of spring, summer and autumn. Eagle kills
at wind farms don’t just happen in the first year but
go on and on.”
Mr Chapman said when Bald Hills sought
approval for the wind farm in 2004, consultants
Brett Lane and Associates reported to the planning
panel on the wedge-tailed eagle that “population
impacts (were) therefore negligible.”
“The seven wedge-tailed eagles killed at Bald
Hills in a period of four to six months is not a
negligible loss,” he said.
“This mortality rate has an impact on a regional
scale, creating a population sink. A population sink
occurs when a new territory becomes available
and birds move in to fill that space and are then
New buildings expand horizons
for local students.
“Newhaven College is thrilled with the continued
support of the Federal Government through the Capital
Grants Program,” she said.
“Without this support, we would not be able to
continue to develop our school facilities on this new
Death in the skies
Wind farm kills birds, bats
In flight zone: wedge-tailed eagles have
been found dead at Bald Hills Wind Farm at
Mr Chapman said when seeking approval for
the 70 turbine Yaloak wind farm, the proponent
commissioned Charles Meredith and Ian Smales to
assess risk to eagles.
He said they found the turbines would kill up to
12 eagles per year, which would effectively create a
“As a result that planning panel recommended
the wind farm not be approved and the government
agreed,” Mr Chapman said.
“For the Macarthur wind farm, Brett Lane and
Associates predicted a small number of birds would
“However monitoring of the constructed wind
farm over 12 months by Dr Matthew Wood of
Australian Ecological Services revealed the reality.
“He found that, when taking into account
scavengers removing carcasses and surveyor
efficiency, that annual mortality would be between
seven and 13 birds per turbine of which approximately
30 percent would be raptors.
“The bird mortality at Bald Hills would, at the
very least, be in the order of Macarthur which would
put the total annual kill of all species in the many
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