Port Curtis resident Ian Whitehead says he’s prepared to meet noise with noise if the freight depot continues to disturb his sleep.
Port Curtis resident Ian Whitehead says he’s prepared to meet noise with noise if the freight depot continues to disturb his sleep. Chris Ison

Resident fed up with noise

IAN Whitehead yesterday dusted off his old chain saw and threatened to use it as the latest weapon in his interminable quest for a good night's kip.

The retired railway worker has been campaigning for five years to stop the freight depot at the bottom of his garden from operating through the night.

Last week Ian scored a major victory when Rockhampton Regional Council voted unanimously to reject an application by Toll North to expand its complex in Port Curtis. It was also revealed that the council was seeking to limit the depot's operating hours through the courts.

But none of that has stopped the nocturnal disturbances and Ian says when he calls police to protest about the noise he's told that it's a council matter and there's nothing officers can do to bring some peace and quiet to Port Curtis.

"I've had an absolute gutful. If anything it's got worse since the council decision," said Ian. "So I'm getting my old chain saw ready. I reckon that if I start sawing firewood in my paddock at 1am the police will come soon enough.

"All I want is for them to respond to complaints about noise throughout the night from the depot. There shouldn't be one rule for a big company and another for residents.

"There's a council rule that says you can't mow your grass at night and most people show courtesy to their neighbours or risk a visit from police."

Toll said last week it would fight efforts by the council to relocate the business away from Port Curtis.

Mayor Brad Carter met Toll management yesterday and said later he had passed the concerns of residents to the company.



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