Noisy neighbours? EPA wants to hear from you

Have you been disturbed by noise from a swimming pool pump, air conditioner or raging party? If the answer’s yes, Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) wants to hear from you.

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EPA is currently reviewing the regulations that apply to noise from residential premises and they want you to have your say on the future of residential noise regulations by participating in an online survey.

“We want to hear from anyone who’s experienced unreasonable noise and how they’ve dealt with it, whether that’s noise from garden tools, loud music or something else,” EPA Manager of Policy and Regulation, Dan Keely said.

“Unreasonable noise can be a major community disturbance and we want to ensure the regulations are adequate and meet current community expectations.”

You can participate in a short survey that takes less than five minutes and focuses on the types of noise people have experienced and how they were affected. Alternatively, there is a detailed survey that takes about 30 minutes and is for people wanting to provide more detail and feedback on the current regulations.

EPA’s review will focus on the Environment Protection (Residential Noise) Regulations 2008, which are due to expire in October 2018. The regulations list specific noise generating items and the times their use is prohibited.

Visit www.epa.vic.gov.au/noisesurvey for more information and to access the survey.

The survey closes on 17 May 2017.

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