Labor-Greens Government deaf to noise pollution in Gungahlin


The Labor-Greens Government has ignored Gungahlin residents who are irate about noisy earth-moving trucks operating for months from dawn to dusk outside their homes.

Liberal MLA for Yerrabi Leanne Castley has called on Minister Steel to review the government’s Noise Environment Policy.

“No one should have to put up with this constant noise and the Minister must review noise control and time restrictions for these large construction vehicles,” Ms Castley said.

“The constant noise from the ‘truck and dog’ style trailers has driven some residents to quit the area while others have complained about being barricaded in their homes over summer with doors and windows shut to reduce the noise.

“The issue affects hundreds of residents living near Horse Park Drive, Mulligans Flat Road, Gundaroo Drive, Well Station Drive, Gozzard Street and Anthony Rolfe Avenue,” Ms Castley concluded.

One furious local wrote: “We are cooped up inside with our doors and windows closed because we have large trucks hauling excavation materials rumbling past with around 45 second frequency. It is truly UNBEARABLE. All our neighbours are exasperated as well.

“There are lots of angry and distressed people out here in Gungahlin. We have got to the point where we are so affected by the noise we are having real estate agents appraise our beloved home of many years with a view to selling it.”

The government has dismissed residents’ concerns with Minister Chris Steel writing to one resident last year saying “noise levels experienced from Horse Park Drive are below the thresholds set out in the ACT Governments [sic] Noise Management Guidelines.”