Keep the noise down: council

WITH concerns raised about excess noise in the Bisley Street area recently, the Southern Downs Regional Council has reminded people to be considerate of their neighbours.

Environmental Services manager Matt Fraser said under the Environmental Protection Act 1994, certain activities were deemed offences, particularly in relation to building work and the use of regulated devices like lawn mowers and leaf blowers.

“According to the Act, a person must not carry out building work in a way that makes an audible noise before 6.30am or after 6.30pm from Monday to Saturday, or at any time on a Sunday or public holiday,” Mr Fraser said.

“The term ‘building work’ also includes activities like the installation of air-conditioning, drainage, or even excavating sites in preparation for building work.”

Mr Fraser said in most cases, people were just not aware of the actual hours of operation.

“Most people do the right thing and if we have a chat as a result of a complaint, the offenders generally respond well and the matter is sorted very quickly,” he said.

“Noise complaints aren’t a regular occurrence here, with council receiving just three complaints in the last month.”

Noise regulations also govern the use of regulated devices such as grass-cutters, leaf-blowers, compressors, generators, mulchers, oxyacetylene burners and power tools.

Mr Fraser said residents were only able to operate regulated devices between 7am and 7pm from Monday to Saturday and from 8am to 7pm on a Sunday.

Inquiries on noise matters should be directed to Council’s Planning and Environment Department by calling 4661 0300.



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