Articles filed under Impact on People from Australia / New Zealand

Windfarm industry fears consequences of Coalition turbine noise policy

The yet-to-be-released resources policy is set to require all windfarms to provide "real-time" noise monitoring, with the findings immediately publicly available, so nearby residents concerned about the alleged health impact of windfarms can compare the results with strict state government noise controls. The Coalition resources spokesman, Ian Macfarlane, will also try to introduce the measures before the election with a private members bill.
11 Jun 2013

An ill wind

In less than a fortnight, the small community of King Island will vote on whether a crucial part of Australia's clean energy future should proceed to the next stage. But the islanders are sharply divided, after claims by health promotion company the Waubra Foundation, and their controversial CEO Dr Sarah Laurie, that the noise wind turbines make harms human health. Sarah Dingle investigates.
27 May 2013

Academic slams anti-wind farm concerns

A report released last week from the University of New South Wales found that health complaints from wind farms had become prevalent after 2009 ...Southern Grampians Landscape Guardians member Keith Staff said “There are 20 people across the south-west, including Waubra who have evacuated their homes ...We are very objective and I reject anyone who infers that we are scaremongering.”
18 Mar 2013

The Winds of Change

For four years, a handful of farmers in the district hid a secret that not even a weekly drinks session or years of friendship could drag out. They had covertly opened up their farm gate to wind farm developers, lured by the cash offer of $15,000 for every wind turbine dug into their property - unbeknownst to the mate across the barbed wire fence whose hand they shook most days.
23 Feb 2013

Fear and loathing blowing through bush

Aggrieved farmers from NSW's central west are gearing up for the mother of all legal battles, fighting an enemy that has ripped apart their communities and pitted neighbours against each other. Their targets - wind farms. As the federal government fumbles over its proposed report on the health implications, and the state government continues to waver on its position, farmers are already at war.
21 Feb 2013

Wind fight prompts turbine test

The EPA will measure sounds down to 0.25 hertz and will ensure wind turbine operator TRUenergy turns the wind turbines off and on when requested to get an accurate measure of background noise. The testing follows a joint study in Wisconsin in the US that found enough evidence to "classify low frequency noise and infrasound as a serious issue, possibly affecting the future of the (wind) industry".
10 Feb 2013

World's eyes will be on Waterloo as wind turbines go on trial

In the face of mounting international evidence and continued industry denials, Waterloo will become the test site for a noise-monitoring program which may reverberate around the world. Over two months, SA's Environmental Protection Authority will continuously measure the lowest frequency noises from the Waterloo turbines. It will use its powers to force the wind company to co-operate by turning wind turbines on and off so there can be no dispute about background noise.
9 Feb 2013

Against the wind

Even before they threatened my property, I was opposed to wind farms. They fail on all counts. They are grossly inefficient, extremely expensive, socially inequitable, a danger to human health, environmentally harmful, divisive for communities, a blot on the landscape, and don't even achieve the purpose for which they were designed, namely the reliable generation of electricity and the reduction of CO2 emissions.
21 Jan 2013

The conversion of a pro-wind lawyer

"There wasn't much evidence around but I was struck by the countryside. The more we drove around on inspection the more convinced I was the turbines would have an impact. "I went past some time later when they were under construction and I was absolutely horrified to see the towers going up. They didn't have their nacelles (hubs) or blades on at that stage but I thought ‘what have I done to these people.'"
13 Jan 2013
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