Infigen Energy is holding a fun run on a new wind farm at Woodlawn. Photo: Supplied
Infigen Energy is holding a fun run on a new wind farm at Woodlawn, east of Canberra, in the latest battle to win hearts and minds for a contentious power generator.
Billions of dollars worth of wind farms are approved or proposed for the southern tablelands, and are dividing rural communities on their merits and health risks.
On November 11, after a pause for Remembrance Day, a field of runners and walkers will meander around 80-metre turbines and their massive propellers, which stand 36 metres above the ground along Woodlawn ridge.
Spokeswoman Marju Tonisson said the event was a first for Infigen, which had staged other activities to ''enlighten people'' about wind technology.
''If you look at the track, you will see everyone gets a chance to run up close and around them, you get to see them really close,'' she said.
Wind farms are highly secured areas and not accessible to the public. On this occasion though, people will be encouraged to bring cameras, families and friends.
Ms Tonisson said the fun run was suggested by a nearby land owner as an opportunity to engage with local communities.
Runners and walkers on the eight-kilometre and five-kilometre courses could listen to the turbines and see how quiet they were.
The National Health and Medical Research Council is continuing to investigate the impact of wind farms on human health, including audible and inaudible noise. Its findings are expected to be published in March next year.
Wind is the second energy source on the Woodlawn property where Veolia Environmental Services has a huge bioreactor across a former open-cut mine.
Treating 40 per cent of Sydney's putrescible waste, Veolia powers electricity generators from methane gas off the decaying rubbish.
The fun run organisers will raise money for Bungendore Community Foundation and the Tarago Sporting Association, and are encouraging people from Sydney to catch a train to Tarago.
Including Woodlawn, Infigen Energy has six wind farms in Australia. It also owns Capital Wind Farm near Lake George.