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"It's like no other noise you have ever heard," he said describing it as a strong whooshing sound that persists with a westerly wind. "That's about 90 per cent of the year." South Australian farmer Andy Thomas lives near six turbines at Mt Bryan. In an affidavit in a case against the wind farm, Mr Thomas said the turbine noise was like a jet passing overhead.
Victorian graziers Anne and Gus Gardiner recently got some great news. The Italian fashion house Zegna declared them one of Australia's top two fine wool producers. But the recognition comes right as the Gardiners are pondering the future of their business. They fear they might need to shut down their award-winning sheep property because of a forest of wind turbines rising on their boundary.
The Lyons are wool producers whose home is about 1670 metres from one of the development's turbines. Both have reported a feeling of sustained pressure in their ears, a sensation that has disturbed their sleep.
The federal Member for Hume, Alby Schultz, has called for changes to regulations on the construction of wind turbines.
The amendment reforms the way wind farms can be approved and prohibits a wind turbine being constructed within two kilometres of an existing dwelling, unless there is written consent from the owner of the dwelling.
New regulations that formed part of the Coalition's election platform yesterday came into effect, giving residents veto power over turbines within 2km of their home. Turbines have also been banned within 5km of major regional towns, and from scenic areas. In the first signs that Victoria stands to lose billions of dollars from its economy and that investment will be redirected to other states, wind farm companies have already started to withdraw from Victoria or have had their projects thwarted.
SA Groups in South Australia opposing wind farm developments close to homes and regional towns say the State Government needs to follow Victoria's lead in having separation zones. The Victorian Government has decided wind farms cannot be built within two kilometres of homes and within five kilometres of more than 20 regional towns.
Planning Minister Matthew Guy today announced that the Coalition Government had delivered on another election commitment through his approval of Amendment VC82, which reforms the way wind farms can be approved and prohibits a wind turbine being constructed within two kilometres of an existing dwelling unless there is written consent from the owner of the dwelling.
Moyne Shire councillors voted on Tuesday night to oppose extending permits for the proposed Hawkesdale and Ryan Corner wind farm projects, granted to developers Union Fenosa three years ago. The Standard understands the move is the first time that a Victorian council have been able to successfully oppose a wind farm proposal since the Baillieu government won office last year.
Ms Perry said she had constant earache since the turbines started. Ms Perry is one of at least two Leonards Hill residents who have made formal complaints to the Environmental Protection Authority about turbine noise.
"Research needs to be done into the whole concept of wind farms," Dr Spring said yesterday. "It's like cigarettes in the 50s; people didn't believe they caused lung cancer and now we've got people living near turbines coming in early with all sorts of conditions. We've got to acknowledge the facts.
Dr Mitric-Andjic said she decided to speak out because the problems being experienced by local residents could not be ignored. "Wind farm, what do you mean wind farm?" she said. "This is industrial. No one is against green energy. Everyone would say yes, of course, but put it out of residential areas."
But some residents in a small Victorian farming community are claiming the noise from nearby turbines has made them sick and subsequently forced them off the land. Noel Dean and his family left their farm in Waubra, about 30km north of Ballarat, after experiencing constant headaches when turbines.
An investigation into allegations that wind turbines are making people sick. Are these installations 'weapons of mass destruction' as some have claimed, or are they vehicles for mass hysteria?
A guest speaker for the event is Dr Sarah Laurie, who is researching the health effects of wind turbines and has spoken at many forums held in the local area. Also attending will be Victorian farmer Carl Stephnell and the local members of parliament state MP Katrina Hodgkinson and federal MP Alby Schultz.
The Victorian Government says planning rules enforcing a minimum two-kilometre distance between wind turbines and houses will remain in place even if medical research shows they do not cause health problems.
The court found the introduction of turbines would detract visually from the area to an unacceptable degree. Ms Godfrey told the hearing in January she was forced to move from her Waubra home because of sleep deprivation, headaches and nausea after turbines began operating.
In a dramatic win for residents' groups who have raised widespread concerns about the impact of wind farms on rural communities, the committee recommended that noise measurements be expanded to include low-frequency noise, or infrasound.
"I'm standing here because there is a problem," Ms Bernie Janssen told the seminar. Ms Janssen says she didn't object to the wind farm at Waubra, in Victoria in 2009, until she began feeling unwell.
Considering how long wind turbines have been around, Doolan was surprised there isn't a better understanding of the effects of noise generated by wind turbines. "We don't yet understand exactly how turbulence and blade edge, or boundary layer, interact and how that makes the noise louder."