The incessant turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound from AGL’s Macarthur wind farm in western Victoria has been driving neighbours nuts or out of their homes since December 2012.
Having been lied to and bullied for just as long, one of AGL’s victims (and an STT Champion) Annie Gardner let rip with this stinging rebuke, published in their local rag.
What does AGL have to hide regarding the Macarthur Wind Project?
7 January 2017
For over two years now I have been requesting AGL engage Steven Cooper of The Acoustic Group in Sydney (who carried out the Cape Bridgewater wind farm study) to undertake full spectrum noise testing at our property and others around the Macarthur Wind Farm, along with concurrent personal health monitoring, to determine once and for all what is causing so many people ongoing pain and suffering as a result of proximity to AGL’s wind turbines.
However AGL continues to refuse this request. It is not a question of cost, but more likely AGL is not sure the answer will be in their interests. Surprising, but it is hardly a demonstration of a duty of care to their neighbours.
Since October 2012, many families have had their health severely impacted by the acoustic emissions from turbines at AGL’s Macarthur wind farm, whether it be low frequency noise, infrasound, vibration or amplitude modulation.
The most serious health symptom experienced by many residents around wind projects is severe sleep deprivation and sleep disturbance, causing inability to function and concentrate, clearly making it difficult to carry out normal household and farming tasks, and dangerous whilst driving and operating farm machinery.
The World Health Organisation recognizes ongoing sleep deprivation can lead to many serious illnesses.
For over four years now, some residents have been forced to regularly leave their properties, at great expense, for respite from the constant hammering to their health from turbines, and merely to get a decent night’s sleep, which is our Common Law Right.
AGL continue to claim the Macarthur Wind Farm remains compliant with their permit, and their infrasound monitoring claims there has been no change in infrasound levels from before turbines commenced operation, to current operations today. Residents have comprehensive evidence AGL’s Macarthur Wind Farm is NOT compliant, in addition to the fact that AGL’s infrasound monitoring was only carried out at homes belonging to families who do not appear to be impacted.
However, wind turbines produce an amplitude modulation across ALL the sound frequencies, hence the need for full spectrum noise testing, which AGL will not agree to carry out, despite numerous requests.
During the past four years, due principally to ongoing sleep disturbance, one neighbouring family has left their home and job due to children not sleeping at night, one severely sleep deprived neighbor was killed whilst driving their car, another sleep deprived neighbor fell asleep at the wheel nearly causing a fatal accident on a busy highway, one neighbor has been forced to leave their property permanently, and another family has been forced to buy another house in a nearby town in order to get some sleep at night. Several other families have been told by independent advisors including doctors, they should not be living in their homes, as their health has been so severely affected in homes which are toxic with debilitating infrasound, low frequency noise and vibration emitted by the turbines 24/7 .
Each of these families has complained to AGL and the Moyne Shire Council continually about their sleep disturbance problems along with other serious health issues due to the acoustic emissions from the turbines during the day and night, and nothing has been done by either AGL or Moyne Shire to acknowledge, nor even attempt to rectify this serious situation.
In light of the above I now publicly ask AGL to please provide a written response to the following questions:
- Please provide the studies upon which the wind turbine/farm criteria for Macarthur wind farm have been developed.
- Please identify the noise source(s) that have been used in the studies related to question 1.
- Please provide the dose-response data related to wind turbines/farms upon which the acoustic criteria are based and the corresponding level that represents 10% of the population that is highly affected.
- The most common complaint from residents relates to sleep disturbance. Please provide the studies of wind farm noise that identify the noise level (in any relevant acoustic index) that gives rise to sleep disturbance.
- Please provide the studies of wind farm noise that identify the noise level (in any relevant acoustic index) that will not give rise to sleep disturbance.
- Please provide the studies of wind farm noise that identify the noise level that will protect the acoustic amenity of residents in proximity to wind farms.
- In light of the above please identify who would be liable for the consequences of adverse impacts arising from the operation of wind turbines/farms in any Class action for the Macarthur wind farm even though the wind farm allegedly satisfies the permit conditions.
I separately, but now publicly, ask the Moyne Shire to investigate and repeat the work which supposedly proved the Macarthur wind project Compliant.