Papadopoulos, G. To ACNC in Support of Waubra Foundation

Few if any other officials or health professionals understood how industrial low frequency noise impacts human well-being, or could provide advice how to minimise or avoid its impacts

CC: Senators Back, Day, Leyonhjelm, Madigan and Xenophon, Sarah Laurie CEO of the WF

Dear Ms Pascoe,

I had written late last year to Assistant Commissioner, David Locke, with regards to his decision to revoke the health promotion charity status of the Waubra Foundation. I received a response suggesting that the Waubra Foundation was not an institution ‘whose principal activity is to promote the prevention or the control of diseases in human beings’.

In 2011 I was unfortunate enough to have been affected by low frequency noise, at distance, from wind turbines after the installation of the Gunning Wind Farm. My once peaceful rural life turned into one of regular insult of low frequency noise and on occasion uncomfortable and distressing and painful auditory and vibrating head sensations. My health suffered, and I am now low frequency noise sensitive.

 

My only source of support and information during this time was the Waubra Foundation. Few if any other officials or health professionals understood how industrial low frequency noise impacts human well-being, or could provide advice how to minimise or avoid its impacts (apart from unhelpful, insulting suggestions that it is “all in the head”).

Strangely there is no shortage of literature or official consensus that unwanted noise is harmful to human wellbeing. There is also no shortage of international complaints claiming that wind turbines are marring human health and causing motion-sickness like symptoms.

The assertion of David Locke that the Waubra Foundation is not an institution ‘whose principal activity is to promote the prevention or the control of diseases in human beings’ is therefore in my opinion a display of ignorance over health related issues. There is nothing new or novel about the Waubra Foundation’s claims, apart from confronting an industry so openly pandered and patronised by facets of Australian society. The Waubra Foundation should be allowed to retain its health promotion charity status.

I look forward your response.

Yours sincerely,

George Papadopoulos
New South Wales
7 February 2015

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