Download Media Release – Smoke, mirrors and public deceit
Questioning of the Department of Health and Ageing during Senate Estimates last week cast great doubt over the legitimacy of positioning wind farms in rural areas and the wind energy conglomerates which recommended them. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) was questioned about its decision to wait to correct its statement “There is currently no published scientific evidence to positively link wind turbines with adverse health effects,” to the public until May 2012. Continue reading
AGL’s “Hallett 2” turbines noncompliant with EPA noise guidelines. 16 out of 34 turbines currently turned off overnight by AGL.
Solution: Don’t site them close to homes and do the research to find out what is ‘safe’ Continue reading
ABC News: The State Government will introduce new planning rules prohibiting the construction of wind farms near 21 rural cities and in designated areas like the Great Ocean Road. The Clean Energy Council says the move will cut investment in wind energy by up to 70 per cent.
SBS TV – Victoria has become the first state to place strict limits on how close to homes they can be built, no closer than two kilometres from homes and five kilometres from key town centres.
by Graham Lloyd, The Australian
URGENT research should be undertaken into the potentially damaging health effects of wind farms on nearby residents, says a landmark Senate report released yesterday. In a dramatic win for residents’ groups who have raised widespread concerns about the impact of wind farms on rural communities, the committee recommended that noise measurements be expanded to include low-frequency noise, or infrasound. Campaigners welcomed the report and said there should be an immediate halt to wind farm developments until the potential health impacts were better understood. Read entire article
Download full report: The Social and Economic Impact of Rural Wind Farms
2.44 The Committee considers that the noise standards adopted by the states and territories for the planning and operation of rural wind farms should include appropriate measures to calculate the impact of low frequency noise and vibrations indoors at impacted dwellings. Continue reading
Same industry tactics…same results.
Rumbling from turbines puts wind up sleep-deprived locals
by Rebecca Puddy, The Australian
Dreaming of building a house and farming the land, Julie Quaft and her husband, Mark, bought a quiet 16ha property 100km north of Adelaide six years ago. Since then, a wind farm has been built next to her house, which she said had not only robbed her of her dreams, but affected her health. Continue reading
by Peter Rolfe, Sunday Herald Sun
Victorians who have endured health problems from a nearby wind farm have been gagged from talking in return for the sale of their land.
Spanish multinational energy company Acciona has been quietly buying farms adjacent to its site at Waubra, near Ballarat, as an increasing number of residents in the tight-knit community complain of the ill-effects of living near turbines. Continue reading
Home in the Waubra wind project
Waubra wind farm buys more properties
by Brendan Gullifer The Courier
Waubra wind farm operator Acciona has confirmed it has now bought out seven property owners.
Director of generation Brett Wickham said yesterday two more properties had been recently purchased by the company. Mr Wickham said post-construction noise monitoring was completed in September.This monitoring showed turbines near two houses could not be run normally, with noise levels exceeding those stipulated by the project’s planning permit. Read entire article here Continue reading
We know many have signed gag orders in Ontario. Our day in court will come.
by BRENDAN GULLIFER, The Courier
Property owners gagged by wind turbine companies will be able to give evidence to a Federal Senate inquiry. Family First Senator Steve Fielding was in Glenbrae yesterday to encourage locals to make submissions to the inquiry into the social and economic impact of wind farms in rural areas.
Standing against a backdrop of rotating Waubra wind turbines, Senator Fielding said it would be a “real concern” if anyone was gagged from coming forward on the issue. Continue reading
Source: Australian Senate, www.aph.gov.au
On 27 October 2010 the Senate referred the following matter to the Senate Community Affairs Committee for inquiry and report.
The Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1- That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 April 2011: Continue reading
[The similarities to Ontario are striking] by Andrew Bolt Herald Sun, Australia
Noticed your power bills going up already? Wait until these uncosted government green schemes really kick in:
THE chief executive of one of the country’s biggest energy retailers has warned that power prices are set to increase dramatically. Origin Energy boss Grant King said that complying with the mandatory renewable energy target (RET) and network spending would put upward pressure on energy prices. Continue reading
Dr. Arlene King also ignored and dismissed evidence
An international federation has slammed a government report which claimed there was “no peer reviewed scientific evidence linking negative health affects with wind farms“.
by Leslie White Weekly Times Now
The Dean Report by Noise Measurement Services found Waubra resident Noel Dean “has been and is currently adversely affected by the presence and activity of the Waubra wind farm”.
Mr Dean moved out of his house in May last year complaining of chronic headaches and ear damage. Continue reading
Senator Steven Fielding
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. Continue reading
It’s the biggest wind farm operating in Victoria and it’s putting the tiny town of Waubra on the map in ways the locals never predicted. It’s been dubbed the ‘Waubra Disease’, the health effects of living surrounded by wind turbines and it’s now becoming known around the world. As the State Government approves more wind farms, there are growing demands for serious investigation and for standards to be reviewed.