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When this site is un­der con­struc­tion

Many parts of Sydney are a con­struc­tion site right now.

Whether it is trans­port in­fra­struc­ture or one of the dozens of medium- and high-den­sity hous­ing projects un­der­way, it’s hard to find a sub­urb not af­fected by the dis­rup­tion.

And, let’s be hon­est, it’s not easy to live with. I once lived through an 18month build of a group of town­houses di­rectly next door to our house, which was re­plac­ing an old fac­tory site.

While most of the neigh­bours in our street wel­comed the new res­i­dences — and what it would mean for house prices — I was at home with a small child, with lit­tle es­cape from the jack­ham­mer­ing that went on ev­ery day for a month.

As a way of man­ag­ing the noise, I bought a sound­scape CD of the Tas­ma­nian Wilder­ness that I turned up to full vol­ume on the worst days.

Although I still have that CD, I can’t lis­ten to it any­more with­out think­ing of that dif­fi­cult time.

Man­ag­ing the in­evitable noise associated with build­ing doesn’t take into ac­count the vig­i­lance re­quired when you have some­thing ma­jor be­ing built so close to your own home.

For var­i­ous rea­sons, not all builders fol­low the rules around con­struc­tion hours, nor take due care of their neigh­bours’ needs. So we ended up call­ing the coun­cil ranger more than once to sort things out.

But that seems small pota­toes com­pared with what some Syd­neysiders have had to con­tend with in re­cent years, from com­pul­sory ac­qui­si­tions of much-loved homes to make way for new free­ways to de­vel­op­ments that they never ex­pected they would see in their leafy sub­urbs.

Here’s hop­ing the tem­po­rary pain will be worth it in the long run and that to­mor­row’s Sydney will be a more en­joy­able place, for all of us.

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