Fossil fuels are responsible for a significant disease burden in our community contributing to climate change. Wind power and other renewable energies have the potential to reduce threats to health through reduction in air pollution and mitigation of climate change.
A number of allegations have been made in relation to adverse health effects of living near wind turbines which do not appear to be supported by scientific evidence.
There is a need to actively engage people who may be living near wind farms in their development at an early stage, provide accurate health advice, and track and manage complaints appropriately.
Social and Economic Impact of Rural Wind Farms submission 02-11