The quote below is from a person who lives some three kilometres from the Woodside cum Origin and the Tru Energy gas plants. Both plants are near to Victoria's Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles.
Mr and Mrs Rogered have deliberatley not included the writer's name. They cop enough grief for their stance as it is. One less person having to wear scorn is the way it should be.
"I live some 3km southwest of the plant on the western side of the Port Campbell valley, and frequently hear the noise of the plant operating.
This takes the form of dull grinding sounds, mechanical whirrings, vehicle reversing beeps and occasional explosions of sound which can be quite disturbing.
This is of course worst on those beautiful calm evenings when I used to like to sit outside and enjoy the evening stillness. No longer can I do this.
I loved to listen to the crash of the waves on the outside reefs, knowing that tomorrow would bring good surf. Now I no longer know whether it's the gas plant or the waves that are making the noise. I find this quite distressing and a hugely negative impact on my life.
When the emergency flare goes off, sometimes waking me in the middle of the night, it sounds like a massive jet engine exploding overhead. This can be frightening.
Some nights I am forced to wear earplugs to get to sleep.
Surely at 3km distance from the plant I shouldn't be able to hear anything, and certainly not if the plant was operating within its licence conditions."