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Glenbrae farming couple Carl and Sam Stepnell walked away from their nine-year-old home last week, claiming turbines near their property were making them sick. Mr Stepnell, 39, said the family had bought a second home in Ballarat, and now return to the property during the day to run the family farm.
Dr Sarah Laurie, medical director of the newly formed Waubra Foundation, has forwarded to executives of Hepburn Wind a letter she wrote to Premier John Brumby, in which she says she's shocked at the extent and severity of symptoms in patients she has encountered with "wind farm sickness".
According to NZ Windfarms' consent application, many residents were supposed to experience "nil noise effects" from the two-bladed turbines. The council argues that not only do residents hear wind farm noise, they hear tonal noise - considered the most irritating for humans because of its pure pitch.
Speaking to the Post again yesterday, Mr Pahl said many people he spoke to last week raised concerns about issues such as the impact on local roads and property prices, as well as the accompanying lighting. "There's anger, real anger about it," he said.
Australian Environment Foundation (AEF) executive director Max Rheese predicted there would be more rallies across the state, including near Hamilton, which protest wind farm projects such as the one held near Daylesford yesterday.
A South Australian GP has launched a fundraising effort to sponsor research into the health effects of wind farms. ...Dr Sarah Laurie says she started the Waubra Foundation because there has been no locally-based research.
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 Waubra wind farm, near Ballarat, is detrimental to residents' health, a specialist consultant's report has found. ...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".
The operator of a 128-turbine wind farm at Waubra, west of Ballarat, says there is no need for a Senate inquiry into the health effects of wind farms.
Senator Steve Fielding says Victorians with concerns about the health effects of wind farms have been let down by the State Government's inaction. Sevel residents of Waubra, west of Ballarat, say a 128-turbine wind farm there is making them feel sick.
The Melbourne-based politician yesterday said he had met more than 25 people from the Portland district coastal area and Waubra near Ballarat who told him wind farms caused major health problems for those living near turbines. "There is an obvious cluster of health issues ranging from sleep disturbances, headaches and problems with concentration and memory," he said.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) studied the purported ill effects of the wind turbines on health before reporting that there was no evidence that the turbines' low frequency noise or shadow flicker made people ill. ...Campaigners against the farms are still not convinced.
There have been calls from residents and political parties for a comprehensive State Government- led investigation into this issue. Shadow planning minister Matthew Guy wants to make this an election issue. "As part of our policy, we've said that we'd certainly look at noise issues, we've said that we would look at some of those strobe lighting impacts.
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.
"You get a more of a pulsing affect inside, bounces off the walls and it's going up and down in these frequencies that make you unsettled, probably anxious and you just want to get out of there because it's going in and out of your hearing threshold."
Residents of Waubra, west of Ballarat, have rejected a government report which found there is no proof wind farms make people sick. ...He says the council's report is baseless because the authors did not consult the residents of Waubra.
The National Health and Medical Research Council, which advises the Federal Government, found that there was no evidence that the turbines' low frequency noise or shadow flicker made people sick. But residents of Waubra in Victoria's south-west who live near the state's largest wind farm say they are sicker and they're convinced that wind turbines are to blame.
A federal government health body has dismissed claims that low-frequency noise from turbines causes health problems in people who live near wind farms. A review of published scientific literature by the National Health and Medical Research Council found that wind farms caused no direct pathological effects.
Deep divisions have arisen across Victoria, with neighbour pitted against neighbour, as some land owners erect wind turbines on their properties - often 60m tall with 30m blades. It's pretty good money, sometimes $10,000 a turbine a year. In the midst of a drought, that can feed a family and send kids to school. But what of the neighbours?
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."