Noise Pollution - Noise Nuisance
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Gladstone Office 101 Goondoon Street, Gladstone PO Box 29, Gladstone Qld 4680 Phone (07) 4970 0700 Fax (07) 4975 7106 Email email@example.com Website www.gladstonerc.qld.gov.au Noise Pollution 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 needs. Maintenance 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. The Criteria Alternatives 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.