101 Goondoon Street, Gladstone
PO Box 29, Gladstone Qld 4680
Phone (07) 4970 0700 Fax (07) 4975 7106
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Noise Nuisance Ways You Can Reduce Noise
Noise from residential activities or equipment may Limiting Hours of Use
disturb neighbours, disrupt their sleep and interfere Talk to neighbours to find out if there are particular times
with their normal daily activities (listening to the TV, when the noise disturbs them. Most people are
talking on the telephone). If loud enough, it can concerned about noise at night or early in the morning
impact on people’s health and wellbeing. This fact when they are trying to sleep
sheet includes information that may assist residents
to reduce noise emissions and meet legal Location
requirements. Carry out the noisy activity as far as possible from
neighbours and away from sensitive areas (eg, bedroom
windows). It may be possible to carry out the activity in a
Be A Good Neighbour garage or shed.
Take the time to talk to neighbours. Find out what Selecting Quieter Equipment
concerns they may have and ask them for suggestions Replacing the noisy equipment with a quieter or
about solving any problems. In many cases an appropriately sized model may help solve the problem.
agreement can be reached that satisfies everyone’s
Lack of maintenance can cause higher noise levels and
The Law reduce the effectiveness of the equipment.
Fences or Barriers
The Environmental Protection Act 1994 introduced by A solid fence can reduce noise levels. If the fence has
the State Government includes guidelines for noise any gaps, this method won’t be as effective.
nuisances. Council is legally required to enforce these
limits when the noise is emitted from residential Enclosures
premises. If issues between neighbours cannot be Enclosing the activity or equipment (eg, in a wooden
resolved and further complaints are made, Council will structure with absorbent lining) can be very effective and
have to investigate. If the noise is found to be a relatively inexpensive, although it is important that
nuisance, Council may issue the residence causing the adequate ventilation is provided. Ask advice from the
noise with a 'direction notice'. A direction notice will detail manufacturer or installer.
what offence has taken place, and the time frame that
the offender has to rectify the problem. If the direction Modifications
notice is not complied with, Council may then issue an Sometimes modifications can be made to the activity or
on the spot fine. equipment to reduce noise. Discuss this option with the
manufacturer or installer.
When investigating a noise complaint, Council will Alternative activities or equipment may be effective
consider: without producing much noise; in some circumstances
• The amount of noise being emitted consideration should be given to carrying out the activity
• The duration and rate of emission and the noise’s inside or at another location.
characteristics and qualities
• The sensitivity of the environment into which the noise For further information on this topic, please contact
is being emitted and the impact that it has or may have. Gladstone Regional Council's - Environmental
• Views of any other neighbours or complainants Health Section on 4970 0700.