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Residents sound off over wind farm noise  

Credit:  ABC News | 3 April 2013 | www.abc.net.au ~~

Residents near Macarthur, in south-west Victoria, dispute that the town’s wind farm is meeting noise requirements.

The wind farm’s operator, AGL, says it has been consistently meeting requirements for noise levels since the facility became fully operational in January.

It will release a full report later this month.

Annie Gardner lives next door to the wind farm and says several locals have banded together to commission independent research into the noise levels.

“If the wind is blowing in your direction people say it sounds just like a truck coming in your direction and the truck just keeps on coming and never arrives, or I feel it’s like a tornado, the incredible noise before a tornado comes,” she said.

She says about 10 neighbouring households have commissioned an acoustic expert to conduct independent research.

“Oh just for two weeks it’s probably $6,000, which none of us can afford, but you have to realise that we actually have lost our properties in this situation because no-one would want to live next to the wind farm, particularly when they know how badly it’s affecting our health,” she said.

Source:  ABC News | 3 April 2013 | www.abc.net.au

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