Scrutinise noisy venues near homes
I’m of the opinion that when a person “chucks a NIMBY (‘not in my back yard’)”, they generally have cause.
But there’s a mistaken notion if somebody objects to an offence in their own backyard, their proximity to the problem somehow invalidates their opinion.
A person living next to something objectionable will be the first one to sing out about it — and I think everyone in the community should listen.
Our region is increasingly challenged by development. Take noise as one example. I honestly don’t know anyone who would be psyched to live next to a shooting range, or to an industrial plant and I assert hardly anyone wants to live next to a pub or any other venue hosting late-night functions.
But the proliferation of rural wedding sites, taverns, and holiday houses in less populated areas around our shire should be scrutinised.
How is it that pubs and rural wedding venues escape noise regulation?
I think our vision for the future should restrict construction of new facilities affecting rural neighbourhoods.