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Wind farm setbacks policy to remain  

Credit:  ABC News, www.abc.net.au 27 June 2011 ~~

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.

A Senate inquiry into wind farms has recommended a comprehensive medical investigation into the possible health effects of wind turbines on nearby residents.

Neither the state nor the Federal Government has agreed to fund the investigation.

Planning Minister Matthew Guy says the State Government setback policy is about protecting people’s health.

“The two kilometre setback is in place for a number of reasons in relation to amenity, in relation to noise, in relation to strobe lighting,” he said.

“We felt it was [the] right level, the right distance to put in place, as a basic principle and that is what we will be implementing in policy.”

Source:  ABC News, www.abc.net.au 27 June 2011

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