Scru­ti­nise noisy venues near homes

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters - Will Ber­liner Mar­garet River

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.

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