Hid­ding open to high­way noise bar­ri­ers

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - NICK CLARK

meet phi­lan­thropists be­fore for­mal­is­ing new part­ner­ships with Lon­don’s Kings Col­lege and Freiburg Univer­sity in Ger­many. RES­I­DENTS and Deni­son MP An­drew Wilkie are heart­ened that In­fra­struc­ture Min­is­ter Rene Hid­ding will con­sider sound-ab­sorb­ing bar­ri­ers along­side the South­ern Out­let in Ho­bart.

“The Gov­ern­ment will of course con­sider the in­stal­la­tion of sound-ab­sorb­ing bar­ri­ers if there is a strong case for them,” Mr Hid­ding said.

Si­mon Wright, a spokesman for a group call­ing it­self South­ern Out­let Noise Af­fected Res­i­dents, said it was en­cour­ag­ing that the min­is­ter would con­sider mit­i­ga­tion strate­gies.

“We would like to work with the Gov­ern­ment on de­vel­op­ing our case and the first step would be of­fi­cial noise mea­sure­ment,” Dr Wright said.

Mr Wilkie said he was in­trigued that the min­is­ter would con­sider bar­ri­ers.

“I can as­sure the min­is­ter that there is a very strong case for do­ing so be­cause the noise from traf­fic on the Out­let has be­come un­bear­able res­i­dents,” he said.

“I will con­tinue to do what I can to make this case to him.

“It’s also rel­e­vant that the En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Author­ity have told me that they haven’t done any noise mon­i­tor­ing on the Out­let for over 10 years.

“I have writ­ten to the EPA again to­day ask­ing that they con­duct fur­ther mon­i­tor­ing be­cause I have no doubt that it will prove the res­i­dents to be cor­rect.

“I hold out hope that the Gov­ern­ment will act to help th­ese long-suf­fer­ing res­i­dents, but the fact that they have not done so yet just proves that they have their heads in the sand and won’t lis­ten to the com­mu­nity.” for lo­cal

Dr Wright said that sound bar­ri­ers would not be a to­tal so­lu­tion be­cause some houses were very close to the Out­let.

“Im­prove­ment to the glaz­ing of houses would be rel­a­tively cheap and we would like to see re­duc­tion of noise at the source and as­sur­ance that ve­hi­cles are com­pli­ant with noise cri­te­ria,” he said.

Noise from heavy trucks was a par­tic­u­lar con­cern.

Mr Hid­ding said the Gov­ern­ment made no apol­ogy for the resur­gence in the for­est in­dus­try.

“We re­ject any at­tempts to sin­gle out driv­ers or an in­dus­try based on the type of freight they carry,” he said.

“For Mr Wilkie’s in­for­ma­tion, to date in 2017, roughly 83 per cent of all commercial traf­fic on this route has been small ve­hi­cles or pas­sen­ger trans­port, and ar­tic­u­lated and com­bi­na­tion heavy ve­hi­cles have ac­counted for just 0.40 per cent of all traf­fic on the route in 2017.

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