He’s endured a 15-year wait, legal threats and the odd nasty letter but, last week, the turbines dotted across Alan Pitcher’s paddocks started turning for the first time.
The Skipton farmer’s experience offers plenty of lessons for landowners across Australia contemplating hosting a wind farm.
The closest wind turbine is just 500 metres from his home but he said he was neither bothered by the sound, which reminded him of a jet plane, or the sight of them.
“I like them as an architectural thing. I think they’re quite elegant,” Mr Pitcher said.
But that wasn’t really the…