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This news video details how one wind farm company in Australia may face shutdown unless its wind facility complies with noise regulations. Duration: 5 minutes 18 seconds
More than 60 wind farms have sprung up across Australia in the last decade. Giant white propellers scattered across hilltops around the country. But some people that live close to these farms are saying they're ruing their lives.
Pulsing sensations in the head, ringing in the ears and nocturnal panic attacks are some of the symptoms which Millicent beef producer David Mortimer claims have led him to consider suicide. Mr Mortimer almost broke down while giving evidence against Infigen Energy's proposed Woakwine Windfarm.
This powerful news video examines the harsh impact of operating turbines located near where people live. To watch the report, click on the image below.
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.
In its recommendation, the agency said wind farms should not be built within two kilometres of homes, citing a "growing body of evidence" that wind farm noise could have health effects, the report added.
Mighty River Power has offered to buy them out, but they let the offer lapse. The deal would have seen the company buy the farm at 15 per cent above market value, plus $50,000. Mrs Marshall said it was "completely inadequate and frankly insulting".
The Danish wind turbine manufacturer accuses concerned neighbours of giant wind turbines of merely wanting to destroy the wind turbine industry. A harsh smear, but it works, says a professor. Vestas rejects the criticism.
"I mean the lights are appalling, they're a complete invasion of space. I moved out here from Melbourne six years ago and I didn't come out here to be surrounded by flashing red lights." The request to turn the lights off was made by the wind farm operator Acciona, and it is now up to them to decide when that occurs.
The NSW Government will commission an independent noise audit of three wind farms to ensure they are meeting their approval conditions, Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Brad Hazzard said today.
NSW Planning Minister Brad Hazzard says the decision to audit the three southern NSW farms follows ongoing complaints from local residents. The three facilities in question are the Capital, Cullerin Range and Woodlawn farms near Canberra.
The government of South Australia issued two series of "Wind farms environmental noise guidelines" in 2003 and 2009, aiming to balance the advantage of wind energy development in South Australia with the protection of amenity of the surrounding commmity from adverse noise impacts. This briefing paper sums up a study undertaken during 2011 evaluating the efficiency and adequacy of these guidelines.
Rand's testimony shows that, when it comes to wind turbines, what you can't hear can hurt you. It puts the spotlight on whether governments and the wind industry are hiding behind the reality that you won't find what you don't look for. It is difficult to reconcile Rand's experience with confidential briefings reportedly given by NSW Health to politicians who claim health impacts from wind turbines are "not scientifically valid".
Draft planning guidelines for wind farms in NSW could make approval processes more complex and time-consuming, set possibly the world's strictest noise standards, and limit opportunities for placing wind turbines within 2km of a residence.
State Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond said a future Liberal government would ban new wind turbines being located within two kilometres of existing homes. She said her government would also protect nearby landowners from economic losses caused by restrictions on aerial spraying and crop-dusting, and would help develop national guidelines on wind farm locations and noise emissions.
An interim development plan will be published today confirming councils as the premier planning bodies but introducing a 1km barrier between new farms and residential areas. Premier Mike Rann said the proposed barrier - which could be removed if both parties agreed - would overcome concerns about turbine noise.
Introduction and Background of those interviewed: experts, journalist, people who live in three separate areas too close to wind turbine
"That means 100 per cent of neighbours have to be happy within that 2km zone," Mr Hazzard told reporters. Mr Hazzard said he hoped the idea would find a balance between residents living near wind turbines and supporters of renewable energy.
This powerful video produced by the Waubra Foundation explores the impact of wind turbines on human health. Duration: 7 minutes 12 seconds
"There is a pattern of systematic non-compliance by wind farms with audible and inaudible noise going beyond agreed allowable limits," the report's author, rural GP and farmer Dr Alan Watts said. "That has real impacts on the health of people living near turbines, such as sleep deprivation and stress."