First wind farm commissioner Andrew Dyer has confessed that TV political satire “Utopia” has helped him trespass his inexperience and attended the Senate Committee meet with confidence.
Dyer said that he aims at making his job profile obsolete and take almost $600,000 for his attempts. Australia’s first wind farm commissioner has confronted the Senate Committee for the first time on Monday with his “part-time” possession worth $205,000 as annual salary for three years as claimed by the environment department.
Dyer confirmed that the commissioner has received a lot of complaints after he took office. More than half of the complaints made were related to turbines that are yet to be built. The Guardian reported Dyer saying that he aimed at handling complaints properly with assistance from state regulators and other stakeholders. “Clearly great success in this role is to be out of business,” Dyer told the committee.
The complaints received by the commissioner’s office ranged variedly, including health effects of the turbines, economic loss due to building up of farms in local areas, etc. “I have had a situation where a resident has had an existing condition and is worried [the new construction] will exacerbate that condition,” he said as quoted by the SBS.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt introduced the position of farm commissioner in June 2015, which was first held by Dyer. The first wind farm premier earlier was the chairman of the telecommunication watchdog. He said that it was ABC’s political satire “Utopia” that trained him how to front the Senate Committee hearing. “I’ve not had the opportunity to undergo training but I was able to watch the relevant episode of ‘Utopia’,” he told the committee.
Several crossbenchers have been seen questioning wind farm complaints and health issues related to turbines. However, the National Health and Medical Research Council has already indicated that there is no consistent evidence of turbines being harmful to health in any manner.