RIVERBANK: Noisy neighbours like no other
EAST St residents are calling for an increase in police patrols along the riverbank to help curb the noise created by the region's dwellers.
It's not a real problem of fighting or violence but residents say the sheer noise is the biggest issue.
One resident knew when he moved in six months ago that city lifestyle was a noisy one by nature. But he admits he got more than he bargained for with the riverbank dwellers.
"It gets incredibly noisy and they get quite vocal with their swearing," he said.
"It is more of an ongoing problem and they are getting worse. There seems to be more homeless younger people.
"There are more and more of them in the last few months.
"Drinking in public is a no go for everyone else, so why do they get away with it?
"Everyone around us is also concerned about the noise.
"But it is city living and it's rarely quiet. It is a background hum that is okay, not loud swearing."
He agreed that the $36 million re-development would be a tremendous asset to the region but he worried that tourists and locals would be put off out of sheer intimidation.
That is where the extra police patrols could come in.
"It is not a very nice image. Tourists do go for walks along that strip and it can be scary at times," he said.
"I think it would definitely help getting more patrols to keep them in order.
"That and extra lighting all the buildings up as they need to be. The more lights the better, people are already intimidated."