Wed­ding mu­sic not a cause for cel­e­bra­tion

Guardian Express - - OPINION -

PERTH Coun­cil cares more about a quick buck than the well-be­ing of its res­i­dents.

We live on the bor­der of Harold Boas Gar­dens in West Perth and on Satur­day morning I was wo­ken up by the sound of mu­si­cians do­ing a sound check in the park. It was re­ally quite loud and we are on the 4th floor.

I went over to ask them to turn down and was told they had per­mis­sion to be there for a wed­ding that started at 9.

The group did say that they had spo­ken to the coun­cil sev­eral times about the set-up but ad­mit­ted the coun­cil might not have been aware they were start­ing at 7.30.

They promised to stop but then con­tin­ued to prac­tise and got quite rude when I spoke to them about it. I phoned the coun­cil, which sent a ranger. The ranger called me back but I missed the call.

I went back home and had to lis­ten once again to the loud mu­sic in­ter­mit­tently start­ing for prac­tise and then again for the wed­ding.

By 10.30 I had had enough and called the coun­cil again, which told me they were al­lowed to be there and could in fact have started at 7am if they wanted to.

This is blan­tant dis­re­gard for the peo­ple who live in this area and make West Perth their homes.

The park is for ev­ery­one to en­joy but pay­ing a fee does not give a small group the right the im­pinge on the com­fort of the peo­ple who ac­tu­ally live here. Ob­vi­ously the coun­cil has its pri­or­i­ties wrong. I was very dis­ap­pointed in this sit­u­a­tion and it may prompt me to move away from the area.

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