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.