The Victorian Wind Alliance today welcomed two new scientific studies that support the Alliance’s position that wind power is a clean, safe form of energy but warned that Victoria is falling behind the rest of Australia.
Andrew Bray, VicWind State Coordinator said, ‘This study of Australian wind farms shows that most people living near them do not get any health or noise problems.’
‘Western Australia leads the way because it has had wind farms since 1993 and there are no health complaints from any of its 13 wind farms.
‘Victoria has more complaints than any other state, which means we have some catching up to do.
‘VicWind is optimistic that communities in Victoria can enjoy their wind farms as much as other states and countries around the world such as America and Germany.
‘The New Zealand laboratory study exposed people to infrasound and to sham infrasound and found that the main factor influencing how they felt was their attitude.
‘This shows that people who start with a healthy attitude towards wind farms, stay healthy.
‘Most people in Australia support wind energy and this positive attitude is under threat in Victoria.
‘Victoria will lose billions of dollars worth of development if we fail to catch up to the other states and the rest of the world.
‘VicWind welcomes research that helps communities understand energy issues facing all Victorians,’ said Mr Bray.
Australian windfarm study: http://bit.ly/10O49pV
New Zealand laboratory study: http://bit.ly/10UtLoK
Contact: Andrew Bray 0434 769 463