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Heated wind farm forum  

Credit:  Cimara Pearce, The Weekly Times, www.weeklytimesnow.com.au 3 February 2012 ~~

More than 100 passionate people attended a wind farm meeting near Ballarat last night.

Crowds of people spilled out of the doors at the Buninyong town hall to have their say on the wind farm debate and the seven recommendations made following last year’s Senate inquiry on the issue.

Dozens of people living near wind farms spoke about the health impacts the turbines had on their lives, while others living near proposed wind farms spoke of their fears.

One speaker, who lives 700 metres from a wind farm, told the room “the noise is unbearable every night, even if it’s only slow winds”.

“I’ve had the noise tested and it’s 70 decibels inside my home,” she said.

“It’s like living in a pressurised aeroplane.

“I get earaches. It starts as an earache and turns into a headache. . . but I can’t sell my home.”

Last night’s meeting was initiated by Ballarat Senator John Madigan who is calling for the seven recommendations of last year’s Senate Inquiry to be implemented immediately.

Mr Madigan will table all submissions in the Federal Parliament.

Source:  Cimara Pearce, The Weekly Times, www.weeklytimesnow.com.au 3 February 2012

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