Impact on People and Australia / New Zealand
Landholders supporting a proposed wind farm south of Kingaroy have called on the State Government to introduce buffer zone legislation based on the noise impacts in the specific region rather than a blanket exclusion area.
The Democratic Labor Party is reigniting its push for a State Government-led investigation into the impact of wind farms on human health. ..."All of these sorts of factors would influence the effect of turbines and I think they should be studied properly.
A Western Victorian MP wants the construction of wind turbines near homes and businesses stopped, until an investigation into their health effects has been completed.
Democratic Labor Party MLC Peter Kavanagh asked the Planning Minister in Parliament this week to impose a moratorium.
A Supreme Court decision in South Australia should send a warning to wind farm developers that they need to consult with the community, Member for Orange Andrew Gee said this week.
The third stage of AGL's Hallet wind farm was challenged by a resident who claimed that it was depriving residents within a 3.5 km radius of sleep.
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Professor Armstrong, appointed this week, said the NHMRC's full review would go well beyond what had been considered previously.
"The rapid review essentially covered the literature that has been published in the peer reviewed literature," he said.
"We will cover any new evidence or literature of that kind since the rapid review was done.
Planning Minister Matthew Guy today announced that the Coalition Government had delivered on another election commitment through his approval of Amendment VC82, which reforms the way wind farms can be approved and prohibits a wind turbine being constructed within two kilometres of an existing dwelling unless there is written consent from the owner of the dwelling.
Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources Ian Macfarlane said the Coalition is broadly supportive of a Private Members Bill from Senator Nick Xenophon and Senator John Madigan to impose national standards on noise emanating from wind turbines via an amendment to the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000.
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A $50 million wind farm will be built near Victoria's top coastal attractions, despite State Government promises to keep turbines away from the Great Ocean Rd.
The Government says the Newfield wind farm, about 12km from the Twelve Apostles in the southwest, will bring jobs to Victoria and boost renewable energy.
But residents say it could be the start of a flood of wind turbines near environmentally sensitive coast land.
The Acciona Energy wind farm will include 15 turbines that are 110m tall.
It was always going to be one of the biggest things to hit Otago, whether you were for Project Hayes or against it.
So it was no surprise it took two hearings to reach a decision on whether Meridian Energy could build its $2 billion wind farm on the Lammermoor Range.
Two thousand pages of evidence were presented at the first hearing in Alexandra, held over 20 days from May to July 2007, with approval announced on October 31, 2007.
But those opposed to the 176-turbine proposal appealed, saying they wanted a second shot at protecting precious Central Otago hinterland.
The Moorabool council wants Planning Minister Matthew Guy to guarantee turbines in the proposed Pykes Hill wind farm will be placed at least two kilometres from houses.
Last year, the council rejected a planning application for the three-turbine farm near Ballan.
The Pyrenees Shire Mayor, David Clarke, says community concern about wind farms is intensifying. ...He says people are concerned that if the farm gets approved, they may experience some of the same health issues being reported by residents who live near the Waubra wind farm.
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Aeroplanes couldn't fly within one kilometre of a stationary turbine, and weren't allowed within five kilometres down wind of a moving turbine. Wind farm company Epuron said turbines wouldn't stop fire fighting aircraft from assisting during an emergency.
Resource consent has been granted to build New Zealand's second largest windfarm, in a unanimous decision by a panel of four commissioners.
Bruce Allen fears he may be trapped in a legal minefield in trying to renovate a 125-year-old cottage on his Mortlake district property near a proposed wind farm.
The Pyrenees Landscape Guardians group wants the responsible agencies to join forces and research the effects of the Waubra wind farm.
Some residents near the facility complain that noise from the turbines is making them ill.
The Wellington City Council has asked the company behind a new wind farm at Makara to report on noise issues after receiving more than 750 complaints.
Meridian Energy's Project West Wind, which opened in April last year, has 62 turbines in the area around the settlement.
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Council CEO John Brak says it has now negotiated an amended application with the company.
"Primarily to ensure that no wind turbine was within two kilometres of affected dwellings," he said. ...Two local residents are still pursuing an appeal against the development, with a court hearing scheduled for next month.
Upper Lachlan Council will ask the State Government to take "urgent action" to prevent some families from being virtually forced off their properties and homes by proposed wind farms at Gullen Range and Taralga.
These families have been given the choice to accept the close proximity of turbines to their homes, or to sell out to the developers.
Possible cumulative effects of both Trustpower's Mahinerangi wind farm and Meridian Energy's proposed $2 billion Project Hayes development will be no more than minor, an Environment Court hearing was told yesterday.
Hearing of an appeal against Meridian's Project Hayes development resumed at Queenstown yesterday.