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"They started operating in March 2015 and within two to three months I was writing letters of complaints [to the operators] as it was causing me sleep disturbance," Mr Zakula said. "They were just roaring — it sounded like the arrival of a train and it never stops arriving." He told the court that two to three times a month during winter he sleeps in his car at a nearby beach when the noise becomes too much. “I get in my car and drive down to the Walkerville Beach and remain there for the rest of the evening,” Mr Zakula said.
The case, being brought by some of the neighbouring landowners, is expected to decide once and for all whether the facility has caused “substantial and unreasonable interference with the use and enjoyment of the land” owned by its neighbouring farmers. ...Not only are the lawyers for the aggrieved landowners seeking aggravated and exemplary damages, to compensate the plaintiffs for their distress and to punish the operators for their alleged wrongdoing, they are also seeking abatement of the noise, potentially involving the shutting down of the facility at night.
Dr Micic said the latest study aimed to comprehensively review published evidence regarding the impact of wind turbine noise on the most widely accepted objective and subjective measures of sleep time and quality. ..."Nevertheless, the available self-report data appeared to support that insomnia severity, sleep quality and daytime sleepiness can be impacted by wind turbine noise exposure in comparison to quiet background noise."
The Asian Renewable Energy Hub is planning to erect wind turbines and solar arrays across 6,500 square kilometres of land. But, like with other renewable energy mega projects, this land is subject to Aboriginal rights and interests — known as the Indigenous Estate. While renewable energy projects are essential for transitioning Australia to a zero-carbon economy, they come with a caveat: most traditional owners in Australia have little legal say over them.
The property belonging to Mr Johnson and his family will be one of three residential Waituna Rd properties to fall under the “shadow” of RES’ proposed $450 million Dulacca wind farm, with some of the closest turbines to be built just over two kilometres from his back door.
This video recording taken at the Bald Hills wind energy facility in Victoria Australia demonstrates the noise emissions from the project. The video was taken on September 26, 2018 and should be listened to with high-quality headphones. The project was constructed by Senvion and includes 52 Senvion MM92 (2.05 MW) turbines with hub heights of 80 meters and rotor diameters of 92 meters. The full 106.6 MW facility was placed in service in May 2015. This video is part of a noise compliance study conducted by acoustician, Dr Bob Thorne. Dr. Thorne found that the turbines were operating at noise levels that exceeded the approved levels and that sleep disturbance and intrusive noise and nuisance conditions existed at nearby homes. The full Thorne report can be found at this link.
In a statement of claim filed with the Supreme Court in January, the Gardners say 260 of their 400 ultra-fine-wool sheep died after construction on AGL's adjoining Macarthur Wind Farm, near Hamilton in western Victoria, from late 2011 to mid-2012. They allege dust emissions caused by construction of the wind farm were "noxious" and "caused a material injury to the sheep".
“The prevalence of AM has not been widely reported either in Australia or worldwide, although it’s well known that it results in increased annoyance in listening tests – and has also been cited in complaints from residents living near wind farms,” says Dr Hansen, who led the study. An audible indoor low-frequency tone was amplitude modulated at the blade-pass frequency for 20% of time at 2.4km. Audible AM also occurred for a similar percentage of the day over a broad range of wind farm power outputs of between 40% and 85% of total capacity.
The report's authors, led by research fellow Kristy Hansen, said the findings "have important implications for possible sleep disruption" from wind farms, particularly in quiet rural areas, and further work was warranted. More research was also needed to determine the year-round prevalence of audible wind turbine pulsing, as well as to quantify the extent to which people find the noise annoying, the report said.
Wombat Awareness Organisation founder Brigitte Stevens was concerned about the project’s impact on southern hairy-nosed wombats. “By the time they put in all the trenches and the roads, the wombats aren’t going to stand a chance,” Ms Stevens said. “The wombats are just going to move to farming properties and could succumb to disease or stress.”
Selling a windfarm plan to a local community is always tough but Hauraki people are giving promoters of a major windfarm on the Kaimai Ranges a gruelling run for their money.
Mr Zakula claims the constant humming drives him out of his home in the early hours of the morning to sleep in his car on the side of the road or even at his brother’s home in Melbourne. “It’s becoming unbearable and … I’m not, I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Mr Zakula told A Current Affair while he prepared his car for bed.
Below is the transcript of a news report produced by the Australian show "A Current Affair" that discusses the difficulty of living in proximity to a commercial wind energy facility. The show is only available from within Australia. The website https://stopthesethings.com/ posted the information.
A class-action lawsuit is being planned against a local council, the Victorian government and a wind farm operator after an independent review accepted resident complaints that noise from a Gippsland wind farm was causing them harm.
Noise from a wind farm in Victoria's Gippsland is having an adverse impact on the comfort and wellbeing of residents living at surrounding properties, a new report commissioned by a local council has found.
The shire council must finally acknowledge that the neighbours of the Bald Hills Wind Farm, their own ratepayers, have a legitimate gripe under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act and support them in their attempts to get redress from the operator and the State Government. And the State Government must finally admit that it allowed the turbines to be sited too close to the existing farm houses for them not to cause a noise nuisance.
The report by Mr Smith, an expert in public health follows a botched attempt by the shire to investigate the complaints itself between May and November 2016, after which the shire produced a finding of “no nuisance” in January 2017 before telling the affected property owners that the case was closed in April 2017. But it wasn’t closed and the complainants took Supreme Court action to get a proper investigation. The matter is due to go back to the Supreme Court on November 26, two days after the next state election.
In its summary, and with unanimous support from relevant experts, AAT found that there were numerous recorded instances of wind turbine noise exceeding 40 dB(A) — a recognized threshold for annoyance/sleep disturbance. “Even if it is not audible, low-frequency noise and infrasound may have other effects on the human body, which are not mediated by hearing but also not fully understood,” the summary reads.
The residents called on AGL to “fix” existing problems at Macarthur, such as deteriorating roads, before launching into a new project. Resident Jacinta Coffey said the area was “becoming a dumping ground for wind energy” and it was "unfair” to the community with more than 240 wind turbines to be built in Hawkesdale and surrounding areas.