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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.
These important comments prepared by Dr. Michael Nissenbaum respond to questions raised by the Australian Senate Environment & Communications committee during its inquiry into wind turbine noise. In particular, Dr. Nissenbaum explains how the 'nocebo' effect is not a factor and that health complaints reported by those living near large turbines are real and require attention.
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.
"These things are gutting agricultural communities," Mr Quinn told the rally, adding claims that wind farms boosted regional economies were a "fraud". "Nobody wants to live near these things," he said. He urged the protesters to "bombard and shame" their federal MPs into backing the bill.
New planning rules for wind farms will continue to allow turbines 1km from buildings but will give people affected by them the right to appeal. The new rules retain the distance set out in interim planning arrangements which have been in place since October last year.
The state government is considering a request from Moyne Shire Council for more stringent testing of wind speed and background noise prior to construction of the Mortlake south wind farm. It follows community calls for full disclosure to alleviate concerns about possible health effects from the proposed 51-turbine project.
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.
This important paper by acoustics expert, Steven Cooper, challenges the current standards for siting wind turbines in Australia.
This peer-reviewed report written by the Acoustics Group in Australia evaluates the noise impact assessment for the Collector wind farm proposed to be built in New South Wales. The project will have up to 68 turbines but the turbine make and model is still undetermined. Three turbine makes and models were considered: Suzlon S88-2.1MW, V3; REpower 3.4M 104; Siemens SWT-2.3-101. The introduction and conclusion of the report is shown below. The full report, with appendices, can be accessed by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.
Dozens of residents who turned out to yesterday's meeting about plans to build far north Queensland's biggest wind farm say their questions remain unanswered. RATCH Australia, with partner Port Bajool, wants approval for the Mount Emerald Wind Farm, which includes more than 75 turbines near Walkamin on the Atherton Tablelands.
The letter, signed by 11 people from the Bodangora Wind Turbine Awareness Group, was sent to farmers who have put up their hand to host the turbines on their land. It raises concerns over property devaluation, potential health impacts, "shadow flicker" and "blade glint".
A provocative investigation claims thousands of people are falling sick because they live near them. The symptoms they claim to have suffered may vary – including dizziness; increased blood pressure and depression – but the theme remains the same.
This important reporting from Australian depicts the impacts of industrial scale wind turbines on human health and farms near by. Duration: 13 minutes 17 seconds
Australian acoustician Steven Cooper examines the responsibility of Members of the Australian Acoustical Society to a community where people are forced to leave their homes because of wind farm "noise". His technical note can be accessed by clicking at the links at the bottom of this page.
Western Australia Senator Chris Back prepared this document in support of his essay “Wind Turbines – The Untold Story”. The document focuses on supporting the statement that "There is a growing body of evidence that adverse health impacts are real and that they are occurring at greater distances from turbines than previously recorded.” The conclusion of his report is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking on the link(s) at the bottom of this page.
The commissioners agreed the Marshalls would suffer significant adverse effects from the wind farm, but did not agree they should have a power of veto over the project. ...The Marshalls' lawyer said the appeal asks for the seven turbines closest to their property to be dropped from the project.
Wind turbines are popping up around the world as an alternative source of energy, but residents who live near them say the machines are making them sick.
According to NZ Windfarms' consent application, many residents were supposed to experience "nil noise effects" from the two-bladed turbines. This did not reflect their actual experience. The residents have been vindicated, and NZ Windfarms has been found wanting.
Tararua-Aokautere Guardians president Kevin Low said resource consent conditions or compliance for many wind farms in the area were not strict enough, judging from the complaints heard by councils. The "sub-audible" low-frequency noise irritated people, he said.
In a decision released today the court has ruled the windfarm, owned by New Zealand Windfarms Limited, has been operated in such a way that the noise effects for neighbouring residents are considerably greater than those predicted in the resource consent application.