The Mt Emerald Wind Farm is still under consideration by both the State Government and a new incoming Mareeba council (the proposed site is pictured).
New dangers are coming to light and being understood and researched about the infra-sound waves generated by the large windmills that are reportedly detrimental to human health, up to a range of 5km from any turbine.
It just so happens, that the newly expanded Lotus Glen Prison farm (only 3km away) is home to 1000 inmates, that would not take too kindly to funny noises in their head, whilst trying to sleep. But more importantly, are the local residents being listened to by the powers that be?
What is the local Member for Cook, David Kempton, doing about this waste of money, time and resources? Nothing. He supports the green dream and it is another project that Queensland cannot afford. Wind power will never be able to provide baseload power, which supplies all of the domestic and industrial needs for us to function as a normal society.
Currently, wind contributes less than 5 per cent of power generation in Australia, according to website: www.esaa.com.au, yet garners most of the subsidies, along with another inefficient renewable – solar. This is why our power prices are so high.
Ratch Australia (the proponents of this illusion) is also 80 per cent foreign owned, so all of the subsidies paid for by us go overseas to the head office. Without subsidies, paid for by us the taxpayer, wind power is unsustainable and it must be seen for what it is, a fantasy that will never come true.
Bill Schutz, Mt Sheridan
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