Australian Senator seeks Senate Enquiry into health effects of wind farms

Senator Steven Fielding

Australia TO

Family First Leader Senator Steve Fielding has called for an immediate Senate Inquiry following the federal election to investigate the health consequences of living near wind farms.

After meeting with more than 25 people from Waubra and Cape Bridgewater in Victoria he is convinced that wind farms are causing major health problems for those who live near the turbines.

“There is an obvious cluster of health issues ranging from sleep disturbance, headaches, and problems with concentration and memory.

“It makes no sense that the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) can release a report claiming that there is no evidence linking health issues and wind farms without interviewing anyone living near the turbines.

“I‘ve heard how a local farmer who has moved out of his home because of the adverse health effects he and his family have been suffering from the wind farms.

“Given the mounting physical evidence from those living near wind farms I think it’s only fair for the Parliament to have a look into what is happening.

“I think it’s only fair that if a cluster of symptoms arise in a local population at approximately the same time we owe it to the people to take a closer look.”

Senator Fielding said he wasn’t against clean technology but it needs to be put in the right place so it’s not going to harm the health of the community.

“We all want to live in a clean environment but we need to make sure it’s not at the cost of the local population who have to live near wind farms.

“It may be the case that we need to set out guidelines as to how close wind farms can be built to someone’s home but I wouldn’t want to pre-empt any Senate Inquiry.”

7 thoughts on “Australian Senator seeks Senate Enquiry into health effects of wind farms

  1. “…but I wouldn’t want to pre-empt any Senate inquiry.” Could someone interpret, please and thanks.

  2. Like any study of medical effects, it will take time to understand what health problems are experienced by those living near wind farms. In the mean time, the prudent behavior would be to build such farms at a considerable distance from where people are living.

  3. FYI
    At the following link you will find an analysis conducted in response to the abovementioned NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) report that Senator Fielding is referring to in this article.
    The Society for Wind Vigilance completed this analysis and it was sent earlier this month to officials in Australia and to the wind action group. It is very enlightening.

    July 19, 2010

    In July 2010 the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) released its 11 page report entitled “Wind Turbines and Health A Rapid Review of the Evidence July 2010” (Rapid Review).

    In response, a detailed analysis was conducted by The Society for Wind Vigilance of the NHMRC “Rapid Review”.

    The “Rapid Review” is neither authoritative nor credible and does little to advance the understanding of the issue of industrial wind turbines and adverse health effects.

  4. Claire: I interpret the statement to mean that it wouldn’t be prudent to set guidelines for siting wind turbines until we better understand the health (and other environmental) effects. There needs to be a moratorium put on further construction; (the IWTs already operating should be shutdown); a thorough study that involves those reporting the problems needs to be conducted; and then guidelines that take appropriate precautions need to be implemented.

  5. Forced to vacate 9 tear old farm house due to NOISE,MOTION,VISUAL,LIGHTS & SUN GLARE Since started motion have suffered sleep deprivation & workplace pressure leading to medical advice to move as soon as possible.Many empty houses in the area because of residents sufering.This all adds up to huge costs with nil compensation.

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