2.44 The Committee considers that the noise
standards adopted by the states and territories for the planning and operation
of rural wind farms should include appropriate measures to calculate the impact
of low frequency noise and vibrations indoors at impacted dwellings.
2.58 The Committee recommends that the
responsible authorities should ensure that complaints are dealt with expeditiously
and that the complaints processes should involve an independent arbitrator.
State and local government agencies responsible for ensuring compliance with
planning permissions should be adequately resourced for this activity.
2.69 The Committee recommends that further
consideration be given to the development of policy on separation criteria
between residences and wind farm facilities.
2.101 The Committee recommends that the
Commonwealth Government initiate as a matter of priority thorough, adequately
resourced epidemiological and laboratory studies of the possible effects of
wind farms on human health. This research must engage across industry and
community, and include an advisory process representing the range of interests
2.102 The Committee recommends that the NHMRC
review of research should continue, with regular publication.
2.103 The Committee recommends that the
National Acoustics Laboratories conduct a study and assessment of noise impacts
of wind farms, including the impacts of infrasound.
3.99 The Committee recommends that the draft
National Wind Farm Development Guidelines be redrafted to include discussion of
any adverse health effects and comments made by NHMRC regarding the revision of
its 2010 public statement.
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