Monthly Chronicle - - The Village Voice - NOEL OX­LEY, PRES­I­DENT

DE­VEL­OP­ERS MOVED INTO YOUR STREET? Know your ba­sic rights and Coun­cil rules so that ev­ery­one is happy dur­ing the con­struc­tion process

As a res­i­dent if you think or feel that the work­men in your area are break­ing any rules, then just call the Coun­cil and check with them what the con­di­tions of the ap­proved De­vel­op­ment Ap­pli­ca­tion (DA) are. A Coun­cil Com­pli­ance Of­fi­cer will go to the site and make sure all con­di­tions are be­ing met. They are usu­ally very good.

De­vel­op­ment Ap­pli­ca­tion ap­provals and con­di­tions are avail­able on the Coun­cil web­site. It helps to know the num­ber of the DA but an ad­dress also works when search­ing. Con­di­tions you may want to think about in­clude:

1. Start and fin­ish times – usu­ally 7am to 5pm, Mon­day to Satur­day

If work­men are on site and work­ing af­ter or be­fore these hours they need a per­mit and lo­cal res­i­dents need to be no­ti­fied by Coun­cil of ex­tended hours.

Check the con­di­tions of the ap­proved DA as the hours of op­er­a­tion may dif­fer from these. If work­men ar­rive early and cre­ate noise, you can com­plain!

2. Park­ing for de­vel­oper's ve­hi­cles and trucks at­tached to the site

There should be clear signs show­ing the Coun­cil ap­proved ‘Work zone’ and no trucks parked any­where else in the street, un­less they are wait­ing to take away ex­ca­vated ma­te­rial or de­liv­er­ing goods, and the site is al­ready oc­cu­pied.

They should not be block­ing the traf­fic flow and there has to be a ‘traf­fic man­age­ment’ com­pany di­rect­ing the flow.

‘Work­men ahead’ signs should be dis­played at ei­ther end of the street, while traf­fic cones block­ing off park­ing spa­ces are al­lowed only with Coun­cil per­mis­sion, usu­ally for a spe­cific du­ra­tion. Trucks should not be parked in sur­round­ing streets as they wait.

3. Mud and dirt on the street

This must be cleaned up both dur­ing the day and at the end of ev­ery day, prefer­ably by a sweeper ma­chine, though brooms and hoses also work well.

Sed­i­ment bar­ri­ers must be in place on all street drains af­fected.

4. Rub­bish and waste ma­te­ri­als

All waste from de­mo­li­tion must be safely stored on­site or re­moved.

Skip bins should be on site, not on the pave­ment out­side.

As­bestos must be re­moved ac­cord­ing to Gov­ern­ment re­quire­ments.

Rub­bish from work­ers’ meals and re­fresh­ments must be dis­posed of on­site

5. Safety of pedes­tri­ans and ve­hi­cles

At all times pedes­trian and ve­hi­cle safety must be a pri­or­ity es­pe­cially around schools and rail­way sta­tions.

In­creased de­vel­op­ment in our sub­urb is a given es­pe­cially with new State Gov­ern­ment edicts around rail­way hubs.

Pen­nant Hills will be in the fir­ing range but we hope that the Master­plan will avoid in­ap­pro­pri­ate and un­planned de­vel­op­ment and we can re­tain our leafy, friendly, clean and pretty sub­urb!

Mid­dle of the street park­ing while an ex­ca­va­tor is un­loaded - where are the traf­fic con­trollers?

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