Waubra Foundation Conversations

In our relatively short history, serious communication with relevant bureaucracies and other government funded or relevant professional institutions has been, by and large, unrewarding.

These organisations, for reasons only partially understood by us, are generally directly in favour of the wind industry or are staffed by people who seem to have a uniform bias towards favouring the wind industry and ignoring any reported adverse impacts. Residents impacted by other sources of industrial noise also face widespread reluctance to acknowledge, investigate or remediate the noise nuisance problems they report to noise polluters and regulatory, planning and health authorities. This ignorance and bias remains despite the Foundation’s efforts to advise them of the damage to neighbours and the technical complexities of noise, receipt of noise and seismic energy pulses by the human body, and the problems that then manifest themselves in short and long term damage to human health.

The Foundation knows that people struggling with other sources of industrial noise, and those struggling with wind turbine noise in other countries face similar problems in getting the attention of responsible authorities. The Foundation thinks that it will be helpful to other organisations and individuals for the Foundation to publish, as time permits, some of our relevant experiences in conversations with such entities.

It will not be possible to cover all our conversations with all of the relevant government bodies but what we do publish will be a record of what was written and what was received on any given subject.

These conversations vary from the tragic, the frustrated and the whimsical through to the wilfully ignorant.

Conversation with the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

During 2013 a clumsy attempt to discredit the work of the Waubra Foundation CEO, Sarah Laurie, occurred in the form of an “anonymous” document which “appeared on the desk of” Michael Moore, CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia. This document was then forwarded to various organisations including the NHMRC and the Australian Health Practitioner’s Regulatory Authority (AHPRA) Analysis of the document properties revealed that the document originated from Michael Moore’s computer. The Waubra Foundation was advised by a defamation lawyer that the “anonymous” document is defamatory.

Read more about our Conversation with the NHMRC

Conversation with the Association of Australian Acoustical Consultants (AAAC)

The AAAC have issued a Position Statement on Wind Farms

 

Below are some comments made by the Waubra Foundation in relation to that position statement.

The AAAC is the professional association of consultant acoustic engineers in Australia, formed to advance their interests. It is a separate organisation to the AAS, the Australian Acoustical Society, which is the academic body. Whilst the AAAC do have their own code of conduct, it is the AAS whose first provision in their code of ethics relates to the obligation of acoustical engineers – specifically that:

“The welfare, health and safety of the community shall at all times take precedence over sectional, professional and private interests.”

Read the complete comments by the Waubra Foundation and the exchange of correspondence with the AAAC

Conversation with AGL Ltd

At the time of the formation of the Waubra Foundation, Australia’s oldest public company, AGL Limited, often considered the very model of a modern corporate citizen, already had wind developments in operation. These wind developments were known as the Hallett group of Wind Developments, in the mid north of South Australia.

Read more comments about AGL and the Waubra Foundation’s exchange of correspondence with that company.

Conversation with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC)

Conversation with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC)

The Waubra Foundation was endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) on October 28, 2011 (with an effective date of 1 October, 2010). Some 20 months later, the ATO conducted a complete review of the Foundation’s activities, declaring in July, 2013 that the Foundation had passed the audit review. A wind industry advocate has since claimed that he triggered this review through a complaint to the ATO.

During 2013 responsibility for the registration of the not-for-profit sector transferred to the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC), whilst eligibility or otherwise for DGR status remains with the ATO. Some six months after registration with the ACNC, the Foundation again found itself being questioned about its activities and its categorisation as either a Health Promotion or Disease Prevention Charity.

As progress and commitment towards government funded high quality research gains momentum, the Foundation finds itself again threatened with deregistration as a Health Promotion charity and its DGR status challenged. This time the examination co-incides with a letter of complaint from Senator Di Natale to both the ATO an ACNC, a letter that is riddled with factual errors.

The sustained attack on the Foundation by advocates for wind developers, in particular the Greens party, has shown how damaging the Foundation’s call for research into the health effects from wind turbines is perceived by the wind industry and its acolytes.

Visit the Conversation with the ACNC page

Conversation with the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government

On October 2, 2010, the Waubra Foundation wrote to the ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher and Minister for the Environment/Attorney General Simon Corbell, to warn the ACT Government to protect itself and its ratepayers by inserting clauses in contracts with wind developers to purchase wind energy. The Foundation was specifically concerned about industrial wind facilities where such facilities were breaching the human rights of nearby communities, through chronic sleep deprivation.

The Government was warned that prolonged sleep deprivation is explicitly acknowledged as a method of torture by the UN Committee Against Torture. The Foundation cautioned against subjecting ACT ratepayers and responsible public officials to future litigation from those afflicted by predictable adverse health impacts including the known consequences of prolonged and chronic sleep deprivation from industrial wind facilities.

The ACT government replied denying that there were health impacts upon residents from industrial wind facilities or that the Government might be included in any future litigation, which prompted a second letter from the Waubra Foundation.

Visit the Conversation with the ACT Government page