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Construction noise at 5:35am…. are you kidding me?

By Muggle - 27 May 2010 22

Hi,

We live near the new suburb of Crace… Imagine my annoyance when at 5:35 this morning I could hear really LOUD construction work starting…. sounded like metal being pounded in over and over and over again… now I wouldn’t mind if it was hammers etc, but this was so loud it woke us up, set the dog off and that was the end of our sleep…. It lasted for about 20 mins,  most mornings it starts about 6:30am, which I don’ t mind so much, but when the  sun isn’t even up I think that it is a bit rude….

If I complain do you think anyone will care?

What’s Your opinion?


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22 Responses to
Construction noise at 5:35am…. are you kidding me?
krats 9:05 pm 27 May 10

Gungahlin Al said :

Call Canberra Connect, even at that time, and you’ll be put through to someone who can pursue it. This is a clear breach of the construction noise laws.
We had similar issues in Harrison when the school was being built and the TaMS noise pollution guy was quite good about shutting down the early starts.

Move to Kambah-or drink more the night before,jeezzz some people can find anything to complain about.

trix 3:44 pm 27 May 10

ACT Parking Operations – ph 132281

Big_like_bull 3:33 pm 27 May 10

Long time reader first time poster. working in the construction industry i can tell you that it also stipulates in the DA Hours that can be worked. Should be able to check that out on the ACTPL website

Captain RAAF 1:36 pm 27 May 10

trix said :

@astrojax, call the parking people and report cars obstructing the footway. It’s illegal, and they don’t own the frigging footpaths (unless they get a permit for the duration of the work).

Who are the parking people?

In my experience with council offices here in the ACT, no-one seems to know who is responsible for what and all you’ll get is the duck shove treatment!

Gungahlin Al 1:30 pm 27 May 10

PS: Canberra Connect is 132281. Or online via http://www.contact.act.gov.au/app/home

I’ve found the online way more reliable, as there is a tracking mechanism in place.
4 attempts by phone over 5 months to get potholes southbound on Northbourne near Space fixed. One online request – action the next day, fixed within a week.

Use them. It is what they are paid for.

johnboy 1:01 pm 27 May 10

try working out in the sun trix and you’ll see the appeal of an early start and finish.

Postalgeek 12:54 pm 27 May 10

arescarti42 said :

In my experience, if you complain long enough and loudly enough, someone will care.

If only to shut you up.

Like Gungahlin AL says, follow up on noise laws, and then take it to the authoritahs. I’d be rope-able being woken at 5.35 am in the morning.

trix 12:52 pm 27 May 10

@astrojax, call the parking people and report cars obstructing the footway. It’s illegal, and they don’t own the frigging footpaths (unless they get a permit for the duration of the work).

trix 12:51 pm 27 May 10

Yep, call TAMS. Construction contractors not supposed to start before 7am on weekdays, I believe. They have to start later on weekends, and there are a maximum number of hours per week – they can’t do it 7 days a week for extended periods. It’s on the website.

I had real problems with the f#ckers building the apartment block at the corner of Barry Drive and Northbourne. After ringing TAMS and complaining each and every time they started up at sparrow’s fart, they dramatically improved.

Also, I don’t get the mentality of people doing construction work in a residential area starting at 7am and knocking off at 3pm (which seems typical), when the -usual- hours that people will be away from home is 9-5 (or even 8-4).

Braddon Boy 12:50 pm 27 May 10

Do you know if it was the civil works or the housing construction?

If it was the civil works, contact the developer directly, Canberra Investment Corporation (CIC) or the Land Development Authority (LDA) as it is a joint venture. They usually hate bad publicity and will see to it right away.

If it was the housing, then your best bet is TAMS or ACTPLA as mentioned above.

astrojax 12:47 pm 27 May 10

i wanna complain about construction workers parking on the footpath – why do they think they automatically have the right to park where they want when i don’t, just because they’re working there? but no-one would listen and i’d be written off as a cranky fart, so what’s the point.

arescarti42 12:31 pm 27 May 10

In my experience, if you complain long enough and loudly enough, someone will care.

Gungahlin Al 11:40 am 27 May 10

Call Canberra Connect, even at that time, and you’ll be put through to someone who can pursue it. This is a clear breach of the construction noise laws.
We had similar issues in Harrison when the school was being built and the TaMS noise pollution guy was quite good about shutting down the early starts.

barking toad 11:03 am 27 May 10

No.

pug206gti 10:56 am 27 May 10

Mayor Stanhope only lives at Kaleen. Perhaps if the wind changes to a North Westerly he’ll care?

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