Council given more power to crack down on noisy residents
GLADSTONE Regional Council will have greater power to crack down on noisy residents after new legislation was passed in State Parliament.
The legislation, aimed at giving local governments more decision-making power, including cracking down on noisy party houses, was passed last week.
The amendment act gives councils the power to pass local laws to make owners of properties which are regularly producing excessive noise liable for penalties.
A Gladstone Regional Council representative said the new legislation comes into effect today but the regulations on the laws wouldn't be released until before Christmas.
The representative said introducing a new local law was a lengthy process that included community consultation and could take about six months.
Gladstone police deal with the inevitable noise complaints every weekend, especially with the Christmas party season gearing up.
Senior Constable Gwen Mills said there was no set time noise was restricted.
"Noise complaints can be received 24 hours, seven days a week," she said.
Snr Const Mills does not recommend concerned neighbours take matters into their own hands.
"It would be safer to ring us up and tell us excessive noise is coming from a stereo from such and such address," she said.
"You don't know what you're walking into."
- People can complain of excessive noise at any time.
- Police will issue a noise abatement direction. If not followed the person will be issued a notice to appear in court.
- Noise complaints also apply to loud voices.