Neighbourhood Noise

In a recent survey by the NSW Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), neighborhood noise adversely affected residents in the wider Sydney area more than any other environmental issue.

Some people may be more annoyed than others by any given noise level. Noise may become annoying if it intrudes into peoples' awareness, is heard against their wishes or offers them no benefits. Noise has potential to impact on health when it is at significant levels and duration, and if the noise interferes with rest, speech, study, or leisure.

The Protection of the Environment Operations (Noise Control) Regulation clearly identifies times when certain noisy articles must not be used. This is summarized below, and the contact numbers for noise appear at the bottom of this page.

Hawkesbury City Council responds to customer requests regarding neighborhood noise. Environmental Health Officers can provide you with the correct advice on who to contact and what the options for control are. Hawkesbury City Council officers are authorized under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act to control most noise sources.

 

Restricted Times of Use for Noisy Articles

Noise Source

Restricted Times.

*Power tools and equipment such as powered garden tools including lawn mowers, leaf blowers, electric or pneumatic tools, chainsaws, circular saws, gas or air compressors, pumps, and swimming pool/ spa pumps.

8:00pm to 7:00am on weekdays and Saturdays 8:00pm to 8:00am on Sundays and Public Holidays.

* Musical instruments and sound equipment including radios, televisions, compact disc players etc, public address systems or computer games.

10 pm to 8 am Sunday to Thursday (nights preceeding normal work or school days). 12 midnight to 8 am on Friday night, Saturday night and any other night followed by a public holiday.

* Domestic air conditioners

10:00pm to 7:00am on weekdays. 10:00pm to 8:00am on weekends and Public Holidays.

* Motor vehicles (except when entering or leaving residential premises)

8:00pm to 7:00am on weekdays; 8:00pm to 8:00am on weekends and Public Holidays

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* Refrigeration units fitted to motor vehicles.

8:00pm to 7:00am on weekdays; 8:00pm to 8:00am on weekends and Public Holidays.

NOTE that offensive noise may still be occurring at times that are in compliance with the above.

Further restrictions may be placed on the use of these articles by issuing Notices under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997

 

Contacts for Noise Pollution

Noise source

Contact

* Noise in the workplace.

WorkCover Authority

* Large industrial complexes

DEC or Hawkesbury City Council.

* Smaller factories, backyard workshops

Hawkesbury City Council

* Aircraft Noise

Air Services Australia

* Road construction - freeways, arterial roads

DEC

* Road Construction - main roads

RTA

* Road Construction - other roads

Hawkesbury City Council

* Road traffic - freeways, main roads

RTA

* Road traffic - local roads

Hawkesbury City Council

* Rail transport

DEC

* Motor vehicles (including trail bikes) on roads

Police or DEC

* Motor vehicles (including trail bikes) in parks etc

Police or Hawkesbury City Council

* Motor vehicles (including trail bikes) on private property

Hawkesbury City Council

* Motor sports facilities, gun, rifle, pistol; radio controlled boats, planes, cars.

Hawkesbury City Council

* Sporting facilities (other than boating events)

Hawkesbury City Council

* Ships, boats or pleasure craft, jet skis ™

Waterways Authority

* Building construction

Hawkesbury City Council

* Shop ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration equipment etc

Hawkesbury City Council

* Amplified music from commercial premises

Hawkesbury City Council (office hours) or Police (after hours)

* Amplified music from residential premises

Hawkesbury City Council (office hours) or Police (after hours)

* Concert facilities

Hawkesbury City Council

* Animal noise, barking dogs, crowing roosters

Hawkesbury City Council

* Burglar or intruder alarms

Hawkesbury City Council

* Car alarms

Hawkesbury City Council

Web Resources

NSW Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC)/ Environment Protection Authority (EPA) - www.epa.nsw.gov.au/noise/

 
Contacts

Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC)

Ph. 131 555

Email. info@environment.nsw.gov.au

Police Service - Hawkesbury Command

Ph: (02) 4560 6999

Air Services Australia

Ph:. 1800 802 584

Email: community.relations@airservicesaustralia.com

WorkCover Authority

Ph: 131 050

Waterways Authority

Ph: 131 256

Hawkesbury City Council

Ph:. (02) 4560 4444

Email: council@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

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