IS THERE A BETTER WAY THAN THESE NOISY LEAF BLOWERS?
If a dog was to howl day in, day out, then the good people in the neighbourhood would take some action. If someone were to rev their motorbike outside your home at 7am for half an hour, five days a week then I’m sure the police would be called and something would be done .
So why then is it quite alright for the Council, gardening contractors, body corporates, hotels, pubs, shops and businesses, as well as almost every man and his dog, to fire up their pathetic leaf blowers one after the other?
Oh that’s right, we live in a modern “civilised” society don’t we!! If one of your neighbours started throwing his garbage over your fence then such insulting behaviour would arouse a swift response wouldn’t it, but a zombie with a leaf blower can pollute the whole neighbourhood.
Sure it might only be for 10 or so minutes, until the next genius cranks up his leaf blower, and so on and on and on it goes.
The Council could start by setting a better example themselves. For example, on Macrossan Street, where the painful drone begins at 7am, five days per week, they could start by maybe just blowing the street on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
The town survives over the weekends without the leaf blowers, so I’m sure it can survive not being blown on Tuesdays and Thursdays too.
What’s more, they will free up their workers to do other things therefore making them more productive. It also would show just basic consideration to the people who are paying good money to enjoy a relaxing holiday in paradise, and heaven forbid, maybe just want to sleep in a little.
Of course if you actually live on Macrossan Street it’s far worse. The dread of having five mornings each week VIOLATED is beyond depressing, it’s infuriating...
Within a stone’s throw of where I live there are at least eight different leaf blowers being used day in, day out. Much of the time they do this when the weather isn’t even conducive to leaf blowing, and an hour after they have done their deed the wind has blown the leaves back again – brilliant!
Any alert person knows that leaf blowers have already reached plague proportions in town and in the suburbs. How arrogant would you have to be to think it is your right to disturb the peace of others in favour of dead leaves?
I myself have had to use leaf blowers when I have worked in resorts as both a cleaner and a gardener, and although I always felt bad about using the stupid things, I wasn’t really given a choice if I wanted to keep my dead end job, so I fully empathise with the guys who are using these horrible machines.
I did however always wait until after 10am (checkout time for hotel guests) and I would try to only use them outside the resort, not around the pool or garden paths. Apart from being great exercise, I found that using a broom and rake usually didn’t take much longer at all, and there was no petrol or maintenance to worry about, a win win win situation.
Happy guests, a healthier me, and a peaceful world.There is a guy in Mosman, Sydney, who calls himself the “Quiet Gardener”.
He is in big demand because he keeps machine usage to a minimum. The standards that he sets should really become the law, and it wasn’t so long ago that people gardened this way. If you are one of the many people who hire garden contractors at your place then perhaps you should let them know that if they use leaf blowers then you will find someone who doesn’t.
There are also some counties in America that have outlawed leaf blowers altogether or at least restricted their use to certain times of the day.
God I hope that there is someone at the Douglas Shire Council who has the dignity to do something like that... Although machines are a part of life and they are not going to go away, there is a company called “SILENTIUM” which I urge the Council and everyone to investigate.
This company manufactures equipment that they say can be fitted to all kinds of machinery. The result is that according to their website that up to 90 per cent of noise is reduced by creating an opposite frequency to the soundwaves being emitted by the machine.
Wouldn’t it be fantastic if all machinery had this cheap and simple piece of technology fitted - indeed it should be the law!
There are so many ways to not respect your fellow humans and the environment. All forms of external pollution are the result of our thoughts and actions.
Therefore it is safe to say that when a person or organization or government pollute/vandal the environment and the world that they themselves must not have a clean soul- in other words they are mentally ill.
Maybe we could tie them down, get the leaf blowers, put the leaf blowers to their ears, and blow the debris out of their brains so that they might get the message... If you are also one of those people that despise these machines then why not let the council know about it this week.
The more people whostand up for themselves then the greater the chance that something will be done, and if you are one of those selfish people who couldn’t care less about your neighbours or fellow men and women, then this letter is dedicated to you above all others... Have a peaceful day everyone...
D Woods, Port Douglas
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