Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - @SCHOOL -

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

South Bank Cor­po­ra­tion in Bris­bane is us­ing one of these $75,000 Glut­ton street vac­u­ums — they’re quiet

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