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Australia — Wind farms are a monstrous blight on the landscape

Opinions — The Australian — November 6, 2012

Farms they are not. They are factories placed in the countryside.

Put into proper perspective, they are akin to the blight an open-cut coal mine would be on such a place. They produce the same product, energy,

albeit at a higher price to the consumer. Moreover, these monstrous turbines attract money from the federal government. I say monstrous with good reason: dozens of the them looming 150m above the hills and ridges on which they are situated spoil the landscape. And loom they do.

More research is needed before our country is dotted with them all over the bush.

Lee Stephenson, Kerrisdale, Vic


I HAVE experienced the disturbing effects of wind farms. It is hard to explain the distress that one feels. The vibration runs right through one’s body — your heart pounds and your pulse races. Your head feels as if it’s under pressure and your ears ring constantly.

Yes, you can hear the noise outside, but inside the house it is different. It is a sinister presence that you can’t hear or see, just feel.

I have made two formal complaints and I must say the response was feeble. I was told that there were no other complaints. I spoke to another local who also suffered from the vibrations and she was told the same thing. I don’t want to be forced to leave my home of over 30 years. I find it hard to comprehend that we have been abandoned for those who want to make profits.

Jan Hetherington, Hamilton, Vic


GRAHAM Lloyd’s article was spot-on and so full of facts that have been ignored by those pushing the barrow of wind as a reliable and viable source of renewable energy. Thank you for publishing the truth.

When will governments face the evidence that there is an urgent need for independent studies into the adverse effects on humans and animals who are forced to live too close to turbines? These studies are already well overdue. It is a denial of natural justice for rural residents, just as it was with the asbestos industry.

Angela Kearns, Ballan, Vic


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