Newsletter, March 2014
21 March 2014
Capital Community Committee
The Capital Community Committee recommended the following sponsorship applications, which were approved:
- Tarago Progress Association; $1,100 for the Anzac Day Sub-Committee
- Tarago Country Women’s Association Branch; $2,500 towards roof repairs
- Bungendore Tigers Rugby League Football Club – Women’s League; $10,000
The Boro / Mt Fairy Rural Fire Brigade station used the funds from the community fund to build a cemented barrier to ease access to the water tank and provide vermin protection.
In addition to the approved sponsorships, Infigen Energy and Senvion (previously REpower/Suzlon Australia) sponsored the Tug of War at the Tarago Show 2014.
Infigens Flyers Creek Wind Farm Approved
Infigen Energy received development consent for the Flyers Creek wind farm. The project was assessed and recommended for approval by the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure, and the final determination was granted by the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC).
The proposed wind farm is located near Blayney, New South Wales, and comprises up to 42 wind turbines, a substation, tracks, cabling and associated wind farm infrastructure. The construction of the wind farm is expected to create approximately 90 jobs, and six ongoing jobs operating the wind farm.
Wind Farms and Health
The Australian Medical Association released the following position statement in March 2014:
- The available Australian and international evidence does not support the view that the infrasound or low frequency sound generated by wind farms, as they are currently regulated in Australia, causes adverse health effects on populations residing in their vicinity. The infrasound and low frequency sound generated by modern wind farms in Australia is well below the level where known health effects occur, and there is no accepted physiological mechanism where sub-audible infrasound could cause health effects.
- Individuals residing in the vicinity of wind farms who do experience adverse health or well-being, may do so as a consequence of their heightened anxiety or negative perceptions regarding wind farm developments in their area. Individuals who experience heightened anxiety or diminished health and well-being in the context of local wind farms should seek medical advice.
- The reporting of ‘health scares’ and misinformation regarding wind farm developments may contribute to heightened anxiety and community division, and over-rigorous regulation of these developments by state governments.
- The regulation of wind farm developments should be guided entirely by the evidence regarding their impacts and benefits. Such regulation should ensure that structured and extensive local community consultation and engagement is undertaken at the outset of planning, in order to minimise misinformation, anxiety and community division.
- Electricity generation by wind turbines does not involve production of greenhouse gases, other pollutant emissions or waste, all of which can have significant direct and indirect health effects.
The position statement is available to view at the website of the Australian Medical Association.