Traf­fic noise causes ire

Res­i­dents’ qual­ity of life af­fected

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Ais­ling Bren­nan ais­ling.bren­[email protected]­dai­lynews.com.au

TWEED res­i­dents liv­ing near the Pa­cific High­way are tired of the con­stant sound of traf­fic.

Res­i­dent Rus­sell Huddy said since the high­way opened, his neigh­bour­hood off Kennedy Dr had been forced to put up with a con­stant hum of traf­fic noise at all hours of the day and night.

“There’s no sound­proof­ing from the south­ern ap­proach of the Tweed River to the by­pass over Kennedy Dr,” Mr Huddy said.

“We’ve got noth­ing. The bridge has no balustrade ei­ther, so the sound is spin­ning down and hit­ting the wa­ter.”

Liv­ing closer to the high­way, res­i­dent John White said he was con­cerned about the im­pact the noise was hav­ing on the qual­ity of life of his neigh­bours.

“Di­rectly be­hind us is an old pen­sioner who couldn’t hear her TV of a night even when it’s on full vol­ume be­cause of the trucks,” he said.

“I bought her one of those Blue­tooth head­phone sets so she could hear her own TV in­side her own house.”

Mr Huddy said he’d spent years try­ing to get the gov­ern­ment to lis­ten to his con­cerns.

“Cor­re­spon­dence with (the gov­ern­ment) started 12 years ago,” he said.

“We feel as if we’ve got an as­set here worth money and it’s be­ing eroded by some­thing that could be eas­ily fixed.

“No­body is go­ing to buy a house with road noise.”

La­bor can­di­date for Tweed, Craig El­liot, said he

We’ve got an as­set here worth money and it’s be­ing eroded by some­thing that could be eas­ily fixed.

— Rus­sell Huddy

would try to get the gov­ern­ment to lis­ten and in­stall ap­pro­pri­ate sound bar­ri­ers.

“They’re ask­ing the gov­ern­ment to give con­sid­er­a­tion to putting up a pop-up sound bar­rier that’s ef­fec­tive, be­cause a dirt mound isn’t cut­ting it,” he said.

“This noise is start­ing to ad­versely af­fect their qual­ity of life, but also the way they con­duct their home.

“There’s plenty of money in Syd­ney for road­works, it’s time some of that money comes up to Tweed.”

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

TOO LOUD: Tweed res­i­dents are sick of con­tin­u­ous noise from the Pa­cific High­way and want sound bar­ri­ers put in place.

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