No ill health link to wind farm noise

A SENATE committee has been unable to establish a direct link between ill health and the noise generated by wind farms.

While the report acknowledged the possible negative impacts of wind farms, it did not find a causal link between the noise produced by a wind farm and the ill health of surrounding residents.

Greens senator and chair of the Community Affairs References Committee Rachel Siewert said evidence to the committee showed that ill health could be related to stress caused by wind farms in a nearby area or their construction but not by operational noise.

“There is simply not enough research to directly link any adverse health outcomes with the noise or vibrations caused by the wind farms,” she said.

The findings were welcomed by Doctors for the Environment Australia spokesperson Dr Graeme Horton, who said while he understood the concerns of the residents, the clean energy source would be of benefit to them in the long