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Wind turbine illness claims

Donald Thomas, said he hadn't yet moved away from his farm, but complained of "headaches, heart palpitations and high blood pressure" ever since the turbines were erected. "When the turbines don't run, the symptoms go away," Mr Thomas said. "It's torn the community apart."

Ted Baillieu last week presented what he said was living proof of the inadequacy of Victoria's approach to wind farms.

On the steps of Parliament House, the Victorian Opposition Leader introduced the people known as Waubra's "wind farm refugees" to a group of journalists.

Farmers whose families have lived in this hilly part of central Victoria for generations had come to Melbourne to tell the media they'd been forced off their land.

Spanish company Acciona's wind farm, they said, was making them so sick they had to leave their homes.

"Like being in bloody hell" was how Waubra farmer Noel Dean described living next door to the wind farm.

Mr Dean said he had moved to Ballarat a year ago because of the severe headaches and chronic leg and neck pain he'd been suffering since the wind farm had been built.

"I come home now (to the farm) and I get ill," Mr Dean said.

"All my neighbours are ill. Most of them have pains in their bodies that won't go away."

Another local farmer, Donald Thomas, said he hadn't yet moved away from his farm, but complained of "headaches, heart palpitations and high blood pressure" ever since the turbines were erected.

"When the turbines don't run, the symptoms go away," Mr Thomas said.

"It's torn the community apart."

Mr Baillieu said such stories showed the Victorian Government's wind-farm planning guidelines were flawed.

He said the wind-farm policy the Coalition announced last month would protect landowners and give communities a say in wind-farm proposals.

Under the policy, turbines would have to be least 2km from the nearest home and local councils, rather than Planning Minister Justin Madden, would decide wind-farm applications.

"We want to see clear guidelines that give local communities the capacity to have their say and confidence they won't be poorly impacted on," Mr Baillieu said.

Environment Minister Gavin Jennings said the Coalition's policy "removes any investment certainty for the industry and would mean less wind farms and less renewable energy in Victoria".

Wind energy companies last week advertised in Melbourne newspapers warning of the threat the Coalition policy posed to investment in the renewable energy sector.

The chief executive of Acciona's Australian division, Brett Thomas, denied claims the Waubra Wind Farm was causing health problems.

"All the key senior health officials in the state have stated independently that they do not see a link between wind farms and health issues," Mr Thomas said.

"We stand by our position that wind farms do not cause health problems."


Source: http://www.weeklytimesnow.c...

JUN 4 2010
https://www.windaction.org/posts/26615-wind-turbine-illness-claims
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