A group of concerned residents is calling for the Southern Downs Regional Council to investigate the health effects of wind turbines before giving Tim Lucas’ Rabbit Ridge Wind Farm proposal the green light.
Public notification started last week for the Dalveen development, which plans to have eight 150m-tall wind turbines erected.
Living within a few kilometres of the proposed site, Erwin and Tracey Mouws have been busy researching to make a submission to the council before public comment closes on June 24.
“First and foremost the concern is our health,” Mrs Mouws said.
“This is a new science – you shouldn’t really test it in someone’s backyard.
“I don’t think people should just accept it without doing any of their own research.”
In other parts of the country, people claim to have experienced symptoms such as headaches, sleep deprivation and depression as a result of living too close to wind turbines.
While the correlation is yet to be scientifically proven, Mr Mouws said the stories still formed a body of evidence.
“It’s anecdotal, but it’s still there – they’re not making these things up,” he said.
Organic apple farmer Jeff McMahon, whose property lies within 1km of the proposed wind farm area, said Tim Lucas’ development would detract value from neighbouring land.
“If he puts something in like this that affects our farms, it’s going to devalue our land,” Mr McMahon said.
“We’ve been there for 90 years, why do we have to change?”
Mr McMahon said the wind farm would set a precedent if it went ahead.
“You give them a foot in the door now and there could be 100 (turbines) in 10 years’ time,” he said.
The residents said they would be happy to see green energy on the Granite Belt, provided the wind farm was at least 10 kilometres from homes.
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