What’s a lit­tle noise be­tween friends?

Sunshine Coast Daily - - OPINION -

I SEE there were some res­i­dents at Cot­ton Tree who had their week­end in­ter­rupted be­cause of the Cy­cle Fest event held there over two days.

I think they men­tioned noise, traf­fic changes and ba­si­cally lost am­bi­ence of the neigh­bour­hood.

They also men­tioned there were too many events coun­cil is bring­ing to the area, which makes me won­der what Coast busi­nesses are sup­posed to sur­vive on – fresh air?

Surely the coun­cil should be con­grat­u­lated for try­ing to stim­u­late the econ­omy.

Per­son­ally, I do like to have a sleep-in some morn­ings but I am lucky as I could sleep through a cy­clone, so a lit­tle noise doesn’t bother me too much.

To di­gress, I have a new per­sonal trainer who wakes at 4.30am ev­ery day to go walk­ing/shuf­fling.

Yep, it’s a bloody butcher bird that sings the same song ev­ery morn­ing with a 15-sec­ond break be­tween verses.

I know it off by heart and have the bird to thank for my new ex­er­cise regime.

So back to the un­happy campers at Cot­ton Tree – as I said, while I do un­der­stand the in­con­ve­nience, I find it hard to sup­port them.

Cy­cle Fest was held to raise funds and aware­ness for Sands Queens­land, a char­ity sup­port­ing fam­i­lies that have lost a baby through mis­car­riage, still­birth, new­born death or preg­nancy loss.

I would be happy to have my sleep bro­ken, my road closed or what­ever to sup­port such a char­ity as long as I had plenty of no­tice which, ac­cord­ing to the ar­ti­cle, they did.

They do raise a point about the num­ber of events held around the Coast but, per­son­ally, I think it is great but I can un­der­stand the el­derly or un­well could be quite dis­ad­van­taged.

Maybe the coun­cil should get on the front foot and of­fer res­i­dents im­pacted by events in the im­me­di­ate area free bus travel around the Sun­shine Coast dur­ing the event so if they want to visit some­one and get the hell out of Dodge City, they can.

That might stim­u­late economies around the Coast as I am sure it does in the event precinct like last week­end in Cot­ton Tree.

I would ar­gue a race caller, bike rid­ers and mu­sic and peo­ple noise could be chal­lenged by my butcher bird.

He con­tin­ues to leave a last­ing im­print in my tiny brain that Army In­tel­li­gence could cer­tainly use as an in­ter­ro­ga­tion weapon.

So I sug­gest the folk in Cot­ton Tree be thank­ful the events are only spas­modic and not ev­ery bloody day.

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