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.”