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Australia: Help for councils facing noise complaints

Posted by Magnet on May 24, 2016 10:40:00 AM | Uncategorised

Live music events have been the centre of media attention lately, as noise complaints from surrounding residents are increasingly leading to cancelled events, fines for organisers, and even closure of some venues.

“The live music industry contributes over $1.21 billion to the economy and is an important part of our culture,” said Ray. “However, it can cause quite a disruption to surrounding residents and businesses, which is why it’s important to find a sustainable solution that considers the needs of everyone involved.”

In addition to the direct impact on the music industry, Councils are also feeling the crunch, as they are often the first to receive complaints and are called upon to be the middle man between government organisations, event organisers, venues and communities trying to negotiate solutions via task force responses and policy reforms.

“Councils are taking appropriate action to address this issue in the long-run, but for more immediate results; products such as acoustic barriers and fencing have a role to play,” said Ray.

ECHO BARRIER’S noise attenuation products have been deployed successfully at many high profile events around the world, including major events in New York, at the 2012 London Olympics, and even in smaller music festivals across Australia.

“ECHO BARRIER absorbs noise rather than reflecting it like most other products, so it has proven effective in reducing the impact of noise by 10 to 20 dB(A).

Ray explained that because the barriers are available for hire and for sale, they are a cost-effective solution to mitigating noise not only during music events, but any outdoor event.

“Councils or event organisers can purchase them for use throughout the year, or they can hire them on an as-needed basis. The barriers do not absorb water, so they are ideal for outside use and durable enough to be left up throughout the life of a festival. Also, they are flexible and light enough that one person can set up and break them down easily.

Often the noise of generators and lighting equipment used at such events are equally offensive so the portable and easy installation aspects give the venue manager lots of flexibility.

The barriers not only mitigate noise, but also demonstrate environmental responsibility.

“Noise pollution is a real issue and organisations that take the proactive step to mitigate its risk demonstrate a responsible and community conscious approach,” said Ray.

“Ultimately it provides a better experience for music patrons, event organisers, musicians, councils and the wider community.”

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