R?ton avoids noise wars

By FRAZER PEARCE ? NIGHTCLUB noise wars would not be an issue for Rockhampton, Mayor Margaret Strelow said yesterday.

The State Government plans to equip councils with laws to better address complaints in respect of nightclub noise but Cr Strelow said they had been designed specifically for Brisbane City Council's problems with Fortitude Valley.

She said it was about recognising that suburb as a nightclub precinct which required special measures (double glazing or insulation) to reduce noise levels for residents.

"There are 130 night clubs in Fortitude Valley,'' she said.

"The noise conflict there has been growing for years.''

The Rockhampton City Council is currently encouraging more inner city living and there are a number of units based on Quay Street with further unit development in the planning stages.

Cr Strelow said she did not see any need to enforce noise control areas in the city at this stage.

"We (Rockhampton) are a very long way from needing to implement a noise zone for nightclubs,'' she said.

"It (nightclub noise) is not a problem for us.''

Director of community and cultural development Tom Upton agreed with Cr Strelow, however, he said the council should be aware of its increased responsibilities in respect to managing noise complaints as the trend towards inner city living developed in Rockhampton.



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