Two separate frost fans approved

Industry tool: Applications for two single Frostboss frost fans were lodged by Yalumba Wine Company and CA Henschke and Co.
Industry tool: Applications for two single Frostboss frost fans were lodged by Yalumba Wine Company and CA Henschke and Co.

Two separate vineyard frost fan applications in the Barossa's east which were given approval last week have been met with angst from nearby neighbours.

Both applications were agreed to by the Barossa Assessment Panel, formerly known as the Development Assessment Panel.

Applications for two single Frostboss frost fans, which will work to lessen frost damage and to maximise fruit yields in established vineyards, were lodged by Yalumba Wine Company and CA Henschke and Co.

Yalumba’s application to house one frost fan off Heggies Range Road, Flaxman Valley, was opposed by residents GD and GAM Henke.

The couple expressed concerns about “noise-deprived sleep”, but did not address the panel in support of the application. 

The second frost fan application from Henschke at Eden Valley Road, Eden Valley, was met with opposition from residents Ian Elsworthy and Lynne Scrivens, who both voiced their concerns with panel members.

Mr Elsworthy said regulations or guidelines should be in place to prevent frost fans from switching on and disrupting sleep in the early hours of the morning.

“People who approve these do not care what we have to live with, and they should come and have a look and visit,” he said.

Furthermore, Mr Elsworthy said frost fan installation should come with a wider radius, “not just adjoining to a property”.

Ms Scrivens said this approval and other frost fans in the area had led her to place her house of 16 years on the market.

Her decision came from having already been impacted by a handful of frost fans, one of which was 250 metres west of her house.

Adjoining residents Frank and Michelle Ransom from Craneford Road, who did not address the panel, shared in a statement that they were in “total rejection” of the development.

Their reasons focused on “unacceptable impact and intrusion on our daily lives and home, due to proximity; no mitigation will ease the impact”.

According to panel members, an environmental noise assessment report was provided to BAP by Sonus Pty Ltd.

The report outlined the predicted noise emissions for the subject proposal when measured from the closest dwellings. The Sonus report is based on the noise emissions of a C49 (four blade) fan.

The panel agreed that the frost fans be automatically activated when the temperature dropped to one degree Celsius and ceased operation when the temperature reached 3C. “The frost fan is activated by low temperatures of 1C and this usually occurs between 4am and 7am. The fans will operate from bud burst until there is no further frost risk, usually between early September to mid November.”

Members said the development was not seriously at variance with the Development Plan.