Dear Premier Weatherill …

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This letter to the Premier of South Australia, Jay Weatherill (above), was sent on July 18, 2012. A reply was never received.

Dear Premier Weatherill,

I have written to you previously about continuing problems in my community from the Waterloo wind farm and about Frank Wang’s disputed survey of the 75 households within 5 km of the Waterloo wind farm.

You wrote to me that you had asked Dr Melissa Nursey-Bray to provide copies of her correspondence with me. I wonder what the outcome of that was?

In the end, since the results of Frank Wang’s survey were disputed by the University and he has decided not to release them, and I have been unable to interest any other independent organizations in repeating Frank’s survey, I decided to repeat his survey myself.

I am aware that this will be seen as biased, but as nobody else seems willing to investigate what is going on, I have undertaken my survey to show that there is a problem which needs to be taken seriously and investigated.

Because I personally know people who are genuinely affected at significant distances from the turbines, I extended the survey area to approximately 10 km from the wind farm.

My aim was to survey every household within 10 km, which was achieved by mailing and hand-delivering to letter boxes and Post Office boxes.

The results can be summarized as follows:

» 230 surveys were sent out in April 2012. 93 were returned. This was a 40% response rate.

» 46 respondents (49%) were negatively affected by some or all of the following: noise, shadow flicker, sleep deprivation, TV interference.

» Another 17 respondents said they noticed the above effects or that the effects varied with weather but they were not affected.

» The remaining 30 respondents said they were not affected. Some of these were turbine hosts.

I have attached my submission to the Select Committee on Wind Power in South Australia, which includes a summary of my survey of all households within a range of around 10 km from Waterloo Wind Farm (93/230 households responded).

I have also provided the results for 0-5 km (41/75 households responded).

At both of these distances, my results indicate that the current planning rules which allow wind farms to be built within 1 km of farmers’ homes are manifestly inadequate and not based on the physical realities of bigger and bigger turbines.

Noise pollution governance in South Australia is failing the people. The Environmental Protection Agency guidelines only require measuring of dBA, which is not the whole picture.

Whatever component of the sound spectrum is driving people out of their homes and depriving them of sleep needs to be measured and be part of the guidelines, as well.

The turbines at Waterloo are causing sleep deprivation many nights a week, up to 10 km away.

The percentages of households affected by electromagnetic interference, noise disturbance in the daytime and at night are far in excess of what is acceptable.

I am aware that the wind industry claims that smaller turbines have been in place in Europe for many years, but we are not dealing with the same scale or environment in the case of Waterloo Wind Farm.

Even with smaller turbines, local government authorities internationally are currently taking action against noise issues from wind developments to protect their communities.

mary morrisThese include Palmerston North Council in New Zealand (see Palmerston North City Council v. New Zealand wind farms attachment and my summary notes).  And in Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA (see Board of Health attachments).

When you have read my survey results, I ask you to please initiate further independent collaborative studies at Waterloo Wind Farm with a view to scientifically establishing what is happening there and determine more appropriate setback distances and noise monitoring for existing and proposed wind turbine developments.

I look forward to hearing from you on this urgent matter.

Mary Morris,

Mid North Wind Farm Awareness

EUDUNDA South Australia 5374

Falmouth

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Waterloo graphs

Waterloo survey

Palmerston North

Palmerston North (1)

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We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.

Comments

  1. Love the pic of Premier Weatherill!! If the Ceres Project goes ahead on YP there will be no barley for beer!!

  2. Everyone should get a copy of that letter and resend it to the premier and see if he decides to answer then.

  3. Jackie Rovensky says:

    While Mr Weatherill says he is going to do things differently than he predecessor Mr Rann I cannot see any difference.
    Not replying to this letter shows a gross disrespect.
    Mary has worked hard for her community and disrespect by the Premier shows the Government up as a body for the big industry of Wind, for no other reason than they believe it makes them look good on the international stage.
    That they are allowing citizens to be harmed is just too bad, appearance is all they are interested in. What happens when the truth is finally accepted and they have spent our money, damaged our lives, livelihoods and environment to aid the false claim of helping the environment, discovering that the only thing thats been helped is to fill the deep pockets of the industry and its supporters.

  4. Shelley McDonald says:

    Thank you Mary Morris, you sound very like Erin Brockovich to me. The Government needs to step up and clean up the mess that is wind developments too close to residents, not leave it all to those being effected.

  5. You can’t expect any think better from a labor Premier. We had one in QLD. Keep up your good work Mary. Thank you they are trying put a windfarm in QLD.

  6. ex Green now Milne is in charge says:

    JW photo: ” Snout in a trough”?

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