See the end of this section for a summary of media stories from the hearings.
Senate Wind Farm Inquiry hearings in Victoria this week
Friends of the Earth will be taking part in hearings for the Senate Committee Inquiry into the Social and Economic Impact of Rural Wind Farms in Ballarat and Melbourne this Monday and Tuesday.
Ballarat – Monday, 28 March 2011
Caro Convention Centre, University of Ballarat, 1pm to 6.30pm
FoE spokesperson Ellen Roberts will be attending the hearing and available for interview during breaks.
Friends of the Earth is campaigning in support of the Chepstowe wind farm proposal, and the benefits of wind energy for rural Victoria.
Contact: Ellen Roberts ph. 0408 583 694
NB: BREAZE has been live tweeting from the hearings today: http://twitter.com/#!/BREAZEtweets
Melbourne – Tuesday 29 March 2011
St James Court Conference Centre, 12 Batman St, West Melbourne 8.45am to 5pm
FoE campaign coordinator Cam Walker will be giving evidence to the Inquiry at 3.30pm. The key points he will raise are:
- Wind energy is a vital part of the solution to climate change and could make a major contribution to reducing Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.
- The wind energy industry deserves a fair go; wind farms should not face more red-tape than other development proposals.
- Health fears relating to wind farms are unfounded; scientific evidence shows no negative health impacts.
- There is widespread community support for well planned wind farm developments; surveys have shown that a clear majority of residents are supportive of wind farms being built in their local region.
- Wind farms provide jobs, income and business opportunities for regional areas; existing & approved wind farms in Victoria will generate annual income of $4.6 million for local councils and $16 million for rural landholders.
Contact: Cam Walker ph. 0419 338 047
You can see the full schedule of who is speaking at each session here.
MEDIA STORIES from the hearings
Wind sickness doctor fronts Senate inquiry
A doctor who pioneered a controversial study into what she calls “wind turbine syndrome” has told a Senate inquiry that residents living near wind farms will get sick.
Wind farm inquiry holds hearings in Ballarat
A former resident of Waubra, near Ballarat, says he will present evidence to a senate inquiry today that proves a nearby wind farm has made him ill.
Senate inquiry hears of wind farm concerns
The Senate inquiry into the social and economic impacts of wind farms has concluded a hearing at Ballarat. Evidence on the only rural day of hearings by the inquiry was dominated by criticism of wind farms.
Inquiry hears residents sick of wind farms
The Ballarat hearings of the Senate inquiry into the impact of wind farms has been dominated by evidence from witnesses opposed to the farms. Senators yesterday heard evidence from a number of residents of south-west Victoria. Wind farm supporters have an opportunity to present evidence to the inquiry at hearings in Melbourne today.
Wind farm inquiry in Ballarat: anger, tears at hearing
The wind industry had a day of reckoning yesterday when the Senate inquiry into wind farms held its Ballarat hearing. Giving evidence, fuelled at times by anger, frustration and tears, nearly 30 local residents spoke of ill-health, property devaluation