Wind Farm Fight Goes to Canberra

From Sky News

A splitting headache, vibrations and pressure behind the eyes kept Janet Hetherington awake in the wee hours of last Sunday as she tried to rest before her son’s wedding that afternoon.

She says she wasn’t suffering any common illness but the side effects of low-frequency noise generated by wind turbines near her Macarthur home in western Victoria.

‘I don’t know what to do,’ she wrote in an email at 4:30am (AEDT) on Sunday. ‘I can’t live like this.’

Ms Hetherington was on Tuesday reduced to tears recalling the moment at a rally outside Parliament House in Canberra.

About 40 protesters, mostly from rural South Australia, NSW and Victoria, carried signs claiming wind farms made them ill or they were ‘wind refugees’ forced to abandon their homes.

They want the federal government to support a Senate bill designed to curb excessive noise from wind farms.

The bill, introduced by independent senator Nick Xenophon and Democratic Labor Party senator John Madigan, seeks to refuse a Renewable Energy Certificate to wind farms that exceed normal background noise by more than 10 decibels.

One of the bill’s architects, SA barrister Peter Quinn, said he’d received hundreds of emails like Ms Hetherington’s from rural residents concerned about the impact of wind farm noise on their health and their families.

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