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    Source:  Australia Senate

    The Social and Economic Impact of Rural Wind Farms  

    On 27 October 2010 the Senate referred the following matter to the Senate Community Affairs Committee for inquiry and report.

    The Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1 – That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 April 2011:

    The social and economic impacts of rural wind farms, and in particular:

    1. Any adverse health effects for people living in close proximity to wind farms;
    2. Concerns over the excessive noise and vibrations emitted by wind farms, which are in close proximity to people’s homes;
    3. The impact of rural wind farms on property values, employment opportunities and farm income;
    4. The interface between Commonwealth, state and local planning laws as they pertain to wind farms; and
    5. Any other relevant matters.

    Please be advised that the committee has sought advice from the Clerk of the Senate on the matter of parliamentary privilege for potential submitters and witnesses that have signed confidentiality agreements with windfarm operators. This advice can be found here.

    Submissions should be received by 10 February 2011. The reporting date has been extended to 1 June 2011.

    The Committee is seeking written submissions from interested individuals and organisations preferably in electronic form submitted online or sent by email to community.affairs.sen@aph.gov.au as an attached Adobe PDF or MS Word format document [or a brief statement in the email message]. The email must include full postal address and contact details.

    [Nonresidents of Australia may not be able to use the online submission form, even if the state and postcode fields are left blank. One may consider using the address of the Waubra Foundation (perhaps with a note explaining why): PO Box 1136, South Melbourne, VIC 3205.]

    Alternatively, written submissions may be sent to:

    Department of the Senate
    PO Box 6100
    Parliament House
    Canberra ACT 2600
    Australia

    Notes to help you prepare your submission are available from the website at http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/wit_sub/index.htm. Alternatively, the Committee Secretariat will be able to help you with your inquiries and can be contacted on telephone +61 2 6277 3515 or facsimile +61 2 6277 5829 or by email to community.affairs.sen@aph.gov.au.

    Inquiries from hearing and speech impaired people should be directed to Parliament House TTY number 02 6277 7799. Adobe also provides tools at http://access.adobe.com/ for the blind and visually impaired to access PDF documents. If you require any special arrangements to enable you to participate in the Committee’s inquiry, please contact the Committee Secretariat.

    Once the Committee accepts your submission, it becomes a confidential Committee document and is protected by Parliamentary Privilege. You must not release your submission without the Committee’s permission. If you do, it will not be protected by Parliamentary Privilege. At some stage during the inquiry, the Committee normally makes submissions public and places them on its website. Please indicate if you want your submission to be kept confidential.

    For further information, contact:

    Department of the Senate
    PO Box 6100
    Parliament House
    Canberra ACT 2600
    Australia
    Phone: +61 2 6277 3515
    Fax: +61 2 6277 5829
    Email: community.affairs.sen@aph.gov.au

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