[Editor’s note: Senator John Madigan represents Victoria, much of which is rural farm land and bush country to the North and West of Melbourne that has been ruthlessly exploited by the wind industry for decades. Many unsuspecting farmers there have signed land leases to host wind turbines only to discover that their farms have become uninhabitable due to the sound emissions produced by large arrays of extremely large turbines. Most farmers have been reluctant speak out about these health consequences for fear of lawsuits by wind developers based on gag clauses in their lease. Senator Madigan has been the vocal advocate for this beleaguered group. In this speech on August 20, he summarizes the report from an extensive government investigation on this issue and lays bare wind industry’s lies.]
It is nearly 30 years since Australia’s first wind farm was built – that was in Esperance in Western Australia.
Currently there are 82 wind farms accredited under the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000.
They consist of 2,077 wind turbines with total installed capacity of 4,180 MW.
Among renewables, wind is a major player in Australia.
It has benefited significantly from the financial incentives of the RET.
The committee report represents a substantial body of evidence.
Undoubtedly it is the most complete inquiry into wind farms in Australian history, receiving nearly 500 submissions, 39 pieces of additional information, 82 responses to questions taken on notice, 46 tabled documents and significant additional correspondence from all over the world.
Additionally, the committee held hearings in Canberra on three occasions as well as sitting in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Cairns and Portland.
We heard testimony from hundreds of witnesses.
As a Ballarat-based Senator for Victoria I have long been aware that many people residing near western Victorian wind farms have reported noise nuisance, ill-effects and sleep deprivation due to their proximity to wind farms.
In fact, in June 2010, up to twenty residents from the Waubra and Cape Bridgewater areas alone sent the former Health Minister and current Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews statutory declarations reporting that their health and well being were being seriously compromised by the operation of wind turbines. Read more…