Allora residents Kristen Henry and Andrew Quirk were woken in the early hours to council leafblowing the street.
Allora residents Kristen Henry and Andrew Quirk were woken in the early hours to council leafblowing the street.

Street sweeper noise angers locals

KRISTEN Henry was woken in the early hours yesterday to the sound of weed blowers and a street sweeper outside her Allora home, an hour and a half before anyone is allowed to make noise.

“It is unfair (council) are allowed to do it... it really annoyed me,” Ms Henry said.

Southern Downs Regional Council rules state a person “must not operate a regulated device in a way that makes an audible noise on a business day or Saturday before 7am or after 7pm”, yet residents were awoken as early as 5.30am in recent times.

Ms Henry said she could not understand why there were different rules for the council when residents and businesses were not able to do the same thing.

“A lot of noise comes with living in the main street but if they have a law they should abide by them,” she said.

Another resident in the area who did not wish to be named said they were woken up at 5.50am yesterday and last week it was at 5.30am.

“It’s quite disturbing getting woken up that early in the morning,” the annoyed resident said.

“I understand the street has to be cleaned and swept but a later hour would be appreciated.”

SDRC Director of Engineering Services Peter See advised that the council had complaints regarding trees on the street each year and the only way to manage the leaves was to blow them onto the street so that the street sweeper could pick them up when it was in the area.

He said this required council workers to start early to avoid vehicles in the central area of Allora.

“However, if council can’t start early, we will modify our operating times but the flip side is complaints regarding leaves will then take the place of the noise complaints,” Mr See said.

“In saying that, council are subject to the same rules except on state-controlled road where we have permission to use leaf blowers or mowers.”

Enquiries on noise matters should be directed to the council’s Planning and Environment Department on 4661 0300.



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