Travelling Australia - Journal 2012
9-11 June 2012 - Millicent
Millicent is a town of about 5000 people on the Limestone Coast. Annual rainfall is about 700 millimetres but the region is remarkably green. This is a service centre for the surrounding agricultural region and for the fishing industry (crayfish and abalone) at Southend and Beachport. The timber industry (pine) is also important; the largest employer in Millicent is the factory making Kleenex were 600 people are employed.
Grazing land Grazing land a few kilometres west of Millicent.

Millicent Information Centre is attached to Millicent Museum which is one of the more advanced and better thought-out local museums we have seen. The museum, in the former school buildings, examines every aspect of life in Millicent and is rightfully proud of the extensive collection of horse-drawn vehicles; the vehicles have been re-painted and refurbished and are drawn up under cover with brief explanatory signage.
Museum waggons Part of the horse-drawn vehicle collection in Millicent's Living Museum.

Close to the town wind-turbines have been built on one of the lines of ancient dunes characteristic of this region. The turbines are listed as a tourist attraction with a leaflet available to describe the best roads to use to see them, but there is not a wind-turbine observation platform or area placed to show-off the turbines to best visual advantage. Some of the facts and figures broadcast about the wind-turbines are interesting. Dimensions of turbines and towers are readily available. The theoretical performance is also described with the statement that the turbine farm could power 30,000 homes; less obvious is the comment that the turbines were expected to generate electricity for only 34% of the time because of variations in wind blowing. Putting those two statement together leads to the conclusion that 30,000 homes relying on the wind turbines would be cold and dark for two-thirds of the time unless additional power generators were available - in theory.

Stating theoretical performance figures for an installation installed several years ago attracts attention. The operators must, by now, have accumulated performance figures based on experience and should be able to describe how effectively the wind farm is achieving its goals. Continuing to quote outdated theoretical performance figures for an operational installation invites suspicion the wind farm is not as effective as hoped.
Wind Turbines Part of the Canunda Wind Turbine Farm near Millicent.

Canunda National Park is a large coastal national park near Millicent; this probably attracts more visitors than the wind-farms. This national park extends along the coast with one access from near Millicent and another near Southend. This is primarily a coastal park with limestone cliffs in the north and open sandy beaches in the south. Driving on the beach is not only permitted but facilitated with signage and advice for beach drivers. In the north, National Parks have developed walking tracks along the limestone coast.

Detailed information on Limestone Coast national parks (including Canunda) is available in a 20-page newspaper format publication issued by National Parks and Wildlife which contains details for park visitors. The Tattler is available from Information Centres or on line as a .pdf document. Easiest way to find it on line is to Google 'The Tattler'. Information on the national parks is hard to find if The Tattler is not available; current edition (June 2012) is Edition 12.

Beach Sandy ocean beach in Canunda National Park. The beach in the foreground has been dug up by several 4WD vehicles driving along the beach.