Noise Pollution

Excessive noise can cause tension within the community and grievances between neighbours. The list below includes examples of types of noise which can affect the quality of life of those who live locally:  

Source of noise Time restrictions
Power tools and equipment including:
  • Chainsaws
  • Circular saws
  • Electric or pneumatic tools
  • Gas or air compressors
  • Lawn mowers and leaf blowers
  • Swimming pool or spa pumps
Before 8.00am and after 8.00pm on Sundays and public holidays.
 
Before 7.00am and after 8.00pm on any other day *.
Musical instruments or sound equipment including:
  • Radios
  • Televisions
  • Sound systems
Before 8.00am and after midnight on any Friday, Saturday, or the day before a public holiday. 
 
Before 8.00am and after 10.00pm on any other day. 
Air conditioners and heat pump water heaters Before 8.00am and after 10.00pm on weekends and public holidays.
 
Before 7.00am and after 10.00pm on any other day. 
Motor vehicles (apart from normal entry and exit from residential premises)
 
Before 8.00am and after 8.00pm on weekends and public holidays
 
Before 7.00am and after 8.00pm on any other day.

* Council's cleaning services are exempt from these guidelines.


Neighbourhood Noise 

If you are affected by neighbourhood noise, there are several things you can do: 

Talk to people

Often people do not realise they are causing a noise nuisance and are willing to work with you to resolve the problem.

Contact a Community Justice Centre

If the noise continues, you can contact a Community Justice Centre. This government-funded independent organisation specialises in settling difference between neighbours without entering complicated legal processes. 

Contact the police or Council

You can contact the police or Council under the NSW Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997. Both Council and NSW Police may be able to assist you with your noise issue. When contacting Council about a noise problem, you may be required to keep a noise diary to assist with the investigation. St George Local Area Command (Police) can be contacted on 8566 7412.

Obtaining a noise abatement order

If you are continuously being affected by a source of noise, you can take independent action by seeking a noise abatement order from the courts.

Other Contacts for Noise Pollution

Industrial / Commercial Noise

Large industrial complexes EPA Environment Line:
Phone:  131 555
Smaller factories and workshops Georges River Council:
Phone:  9330 6400 (24 hours)
Commercial premises
– ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration
Georges River Council:
Phone:  9330 6400 (24 hours)
Pub, club or licensed premises
– loud music or patron noise
Office of Liquor, Racing and Gaming:
Phone:  9995 0300
Online Form
Email: info@olgr.nsw.gov.au

Transport Noise

Aircraft in flight, taxiing, taking off and landing                   EPA National Noise Inquiry Line:
Phone:  1300 302 240
Website
Noisy motor vehicles (including trail bikes) in public
place, such as:
- Roads, verges and car parks 
- Off road, including parks and reserves
EPA Environment Line - General
Phone:  131 555
Website
 
Police Assistance - Public place
Phone:  131 444 (24 hours)
 
Georges River Council - Private property
Phone:  9330 6400 (24 hours)
Noisy motor vehicles (including trail bikes)
on private property
Police Assistance Line:
Phone:  131 444 (24 hours)
 
Georges River Council:
Phone:  9330 6400 (24 hours)

Road traffic: local roads

 

 

Roads and Maritime Services for *RMS roads
Phone: 13 22 13 (General)
Website
Online Enquiries :

Georges River Council:
Phone:  9330 6400 (24 hours)

Road traffic: freeways, tollways, main roads

*RMS roads
Roads and Maritime Services
Phone: 13 22 13 (General)
Website
Online Enquiries
Rail Noise EPA Environment Line
Phone:  131 555
Website

Recreational boating, jet skis

 

Amplified music from vessels
Roads and Maritime Services:
Phone:13 12 36
(Mon to Fri 8.30am – 5.00pm and
Sat & Sun 8.30am to 4.30pm)
Website
Online Enquiries          
 
Water Police: 1800 658 784 (toll free)   

* RMS roads:
Princes Highway, Stoney Creek Road, Forest Road (between Queens Road and Henry Lawson Drive), Forest Road (north of Lily Street up to Croydon Road) King Georges Road, Croydon Road (between Queens Road and Forest Road), Henry Lawson Drive, Queens Road and Rocky Point Road.



Construction Noise

Road Construction:                                                              
- Freeways and tollways
- Main roads (* RMS roads)          
- Other roads
EPA Environment Line:
Phone:  131 555
 
Roads and Maritime Services for *RMS roads
Website
Online Enquiries
 
Georges River Council:
Phone:  9330 6400 (24 hours)
Building Construction EPA Environment Line:
Phone:  131 555
Website

Georges River Council:
Phone  9330 6400 (24 hours)
Major Public Infrastructure EPA Environment Line:
Phone:  131 555
Website

Public Sporting and Entertainment Venues

Sporting Facilities Georges River Council:
Phone:  9330 6400 (24 hours)
Aquatic motorized sporting events               Roads and Maritime Services:
Phone:  13 12 36
(Mon - Fri 8.30am to 5.00pm
and Sat & Sun 8.30am to 4.30pm)
Website
Online Enquiries
 
Water Police:  1800 658 784 (toll free)
Concert Facilities Georges River Council:
Phone:  9330 6400 (24 hours)

Neighbourhood Noise

Noise from residential premises,
animal noise, barking dogs,
power tools, loud music,
air conditioners, pool pumps, 
building intruder or car alarms etc.
Police Assistance Line:
Phone:  131 444 (24 hours)

Georges River Council:
Phone:  9330 6400 (24 hours)

 

 
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