The relative importance of landscape amenity and health impacts in the wind farm debate in Australia

Botterill, Linda Courtenay and Cockfield, Geoff (2016) The relative importance of landscape amenity and health impacts in the wind farm debate in Australia. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 18 (4). pp. 447-462. ISSN 1523-908X


In recent years, Australia has experienced public debate around the growth in wind farms as part of government and community strategies to move from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Many of the arguments put forward by opponents and supporters are similar to those that have been evident in North America and Western Europe, including possible environmental impacts on wildlife, noise levels and, perhaps most prominently adverse changes in ‘landscape amenity’. A concern of increasing prominence is that of adverse human health impacts from proximity to operating turbines. Using analysis of submissions to public inquiries and a small number of detailed interviews, we consider the increased focus in Australia on the health impacts of wind farms. We note that health impacts, as elsewhere in the world, are often part of a suite of objections to wind farm developments but conclude that for some people near such developments, these are the main concern and not a cover or proxy for other concerns, such as changes in landscape amenity and aesthetics.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2016 06:27
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2016 04:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: wind farms, land use conflict, Australia
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050204 Environmental Impact Assessment
12 Built Environment and Design > 1299 Other Built Environment and Design > 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160802 Environmental Sociology
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160507 Environment Policy
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960705 Rural Land Policy
B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850509 Wind Energy
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Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2016.1138400

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