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Your noise is not their choice

By Canfan - 6 November 2014 7

Canberrans are being reminded that although we all make noise every day, it’s a fact that our noise can affect our neighbours.

Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, said a new noise campaign would urge communities to be considerate of their neighbours by bearing in mind how their noise could affect their neighbours.

“The number of noise complaints in the ACT has dropped by 33% since we first launched the campaign in 2009,” Mr Corbell said.

“This is a great step in the right direction for the ACT, however we would like to see this figure drop further.”

The majority of noise complaints still relate to power tools, air conditioning units, stereos and home entertainment systems.

“Often we are unaware of the noise coming from our own home and its effects on those around us. The purpose of running this campaign is to help raise awareness of the effects of noise on our neighbours.

“Music, entertainment, working around the house or just going about daily business all makes for noise around the home. This campaign is simply to make us all aware about how our noise can affect others and inform people affected by excessive noise how to deal with such situations.

“We want to encourage neighbours to have a conversation with each other if they feel they are being affected by noise to prevent a problem occurring.”

The ACT Government would like to remind the community about their responsibilities under the environment protection legislation – fines of $200 can be issued for noise breaches, while more serious complaints have the potential to attract a fine of $1000.

“Noise breaches do have legal ramifications and those who make excessive amounts of noise need to be aware of these penalties,” Mr Corbell said.

Noise protection for the ACT community is provided through the Environment Protection Act 1997 and the Environment Protection Regulation 2005 which is administered by the Environment Protection Authority.

For more information visit www.noise.act.gov.au

(Simon Corbell Media Release)

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Your noise is not their choice
wildturkeycanoe 4:12 pm 07 Nov 14

dungfungus said :

I can tolerate the noise – it’s the smell of marijuana smoke that gets up my nose.
What about some legislation to control this?

I wouldn’t mind legislating some marijuana smoke up my nose on occasion. Maybe that would help those who are complaining about the noise, remedy their sensitivities?

dungfungus 2:57 pm 07 Nov 14

pink little birdie said :

dungfungus said :

I can tolerate the noise – it’s the smell of marijuana smoke that gets up my nose.
What about some legislation to control this?

Complain to enviroment ACT the it smells they are burning “green waste” which is illeagal in Canberra.
They will get a letter from ACT enviroment to call them and tell them what type of fires are allowed.

That may just work. Thanks.

BooUrns 2:50 pm 07 Nov 14

Does anyone know if the EPA can deal with problem people. I am about to look at there website. I am serious about this we have a few living in a granny flat thats right on our boundy and the language and abuse can be clearly heard from most rooms in our house. Police attend and tell them to behave but that dosnt last. If I am ever lucky enought to have kids i’ll be forced to move as i wont let them be exposed to that sort of thing.

pink little birdie 1:43 pm 07 Nov 14

dungfungus said :

I can tolerate the noise – it’s the smell of marijuana smoke that gets up my nose.
What about some legislation to control this?

Complain to enviroment ACT the it smells they are burning “green waste” which is illeagal in Canberra.
They will get a letter from ACT enviroment to call them and tell them what type of fires are allowed.

Madam Cholet 12:28 pm 07 Nov 14

Noise that is over a certain decible level is prohibited at any time of day. We have a problem with a neighbour across the street who plays their radio so loud at the weekend you’d think they were having a party in my own backyard. It matters not if we close our windows it’s that loud and we don’t know whether it’s going to be on for 20 minutes or hours on end.

I’ve tried the EPA, and whilst some of the inspectors there try to help, there are others who won’t lift a finger – either the weather is too inclement to get their equipment out, too windy to get an adequate reading etc. At the weekend, when most people would make their complaints, they respond from home so they don’t have access to the database to see what has already happened over your complaint and they may have to drive from the other side of Canberra to get to you. It’s certainly not helpful to an exasperated householder. Much more weighted in favour of the person causing the noise.

The info on their website seems also to be inconsistent with the regulations, and not one of them seems to have the same interpretation.

dungfungus 8:15 am 07 Nov 14

I can tolerate the noise – it’s the smell of marijuana smoke that gets up my nose.
What about some legislation to control this?

miz 7:17 am 07 Nov 14

Pity the media release did not tell people how to actually comply. I had to look up the website to find this out. FYI, in general, on weekdays, don’t be noisy before 7am and after 10pm, and on weekends, don’t be noisy before 8am or after 10pm (see http://www.noise.act.gov.au/limits.htm for decibel limits). Mind you, if anyone was to start up something noisy before 10am on a Sunday morning, look out!

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