Randwick City Council will chase up the NSW State Government over a failure to deliver promised noise mitigation to residents suffering CSELR light rail construction noise.
Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch successfully moved at the Council’s 28th July 2018 meeting that it write to the NSW Government seeking full details on where the promise is up to.
Councillor Veitch states that a respite package of measures was offered to residents in 2017 but that many have not received it or even be aware that it was on offer. She stated:
“Many residents are still unaware of the respite packages being offered, as they are not detailed on CBD and South East Light Rail Notifications of out of hours work. Those who are being notified are often only receiving a knock on the door on the night the work is taking place. This is unacceptable.”
The measures offered were alternative accommodation during night time construction work and the installation of blinds and double glazing for residents on Doncaster Ave who live behind the Light Rail stabling yard. Councillor Veitch noted that Randwick Council had opposed the siting of the stabling yards at Doncaster Avenue in a 2014 submission to the Government.”
“I am also calling on TfNSW to offer noise mitigation to all residents affected by out of hours construction noise, not just those who live along the CSELR rail line. Above all, residents just want the night time construction work to be avoided if at all possible.
“Enough is enough, people can’t be expected to pack their bags and move into a hotel every other night for another two years. It’s high time Andrew Constance came down to meet these people and take their complaints seriously. I will continue to make this issue a priority for as long as it takes to get something done.”
TEXT OF GREENS COUNCILLOR VEITCH’S MOTION
“Notification of Respite Package for Randwick LGA Residents Affected by South East Light Rail Out of Hours Construction Noise
RESOLUTION: (Veitch/Matson) that Randwick City Council:
- notes that in 2017, the Hon Andrew Constance, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, offered Randwick LGA residents affected by out of hours construction work on the South East Light Rail line a number of support measures including:
- Reimbursement of up to $200.00 for alternative accommodation during night time construction work;
- An offer by Transport for NSW to arrange accommodation directly, avoiding the need for reimbursement;
- Additional accommodation in special circumstances, decided on a case by case basis;
- Installation of blinds and double glazing for residents on Doncaster Ave impacted by the lights and noise of the Light Rail stabling yard;
- notes that many residents are still unaware of the respite packages being offered, as they are not detailed on CBD and South East Light Rail Notifications of out of hours work;
- writes to Transport for NSW to request that double glazing, ventilation and air conditioning be offered to all residents affected by out of hours construction noise and on an ongoing basis as a consequence of the operations of the light rail stabling yard behind Doncaster Avenue; and
- writes to the NSW Government to request that full details of the respite packages are provided on all weekly notifications until the completion of the South East Light Rail, so residents are able to benefit from the package being offered.