As the acoustic and medical research, necessary to determine accurately adequate setbacks, has not been completed, there should be an immediate moratorium on further wind farm development in NSW, and on the construction of wind farms approved, but not yet built. There must be a curfew on the night-time operation of existing wind farms, and the conditions of consent of those wind farms must be reviewed, as must the conditions of consent of wind farms, approved, but not yet built.
When the research is completed, and it is possible to determine a setback distance adequate to guarantee protection for neighbours against chronic annoyance and chronic sleep disturbance and other adverse health effects, then that setback distance must be imposed on all wind farm projects, past, present, and future. In accordance with that setback, turbines of future proposals must be prohibited within that distance. Turbines of proposals being assessed must be prohibited within that distance. Turbines of projects approved, but not yet built must be prohibited within that distance. Turbines of existing wind farms must be shut down, if they fall within that distance.
If the NSW Cabinet declines to institute a moratorium, and a research programme, then two setbacks should be immediately resolved upon: a general setback of at least 5 kilometres from any residence, whether urban or rural; a setback of 1 kilometre from any property boundary. There must be a proviso that these setbacks will be extended, if that is justified by further research. These setbacks must be imposed on all wind farms, existing, approved but not yet built, being assessed, and still to be proposed, so that the construction and/or operation of wind turbines within those setbacks shall be prohibited.
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