Media Release: Residents Won’t Be Silenced On Noise Barriers

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Residents Won’t Be Silenced On Noise Barriers
Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is calling for urgent State Government action to fulfill their promise to implement effective sound barriers around Carlyle Gardens Retirement Village after upgrades to the Ring Road.
A group of fed-up residents – who are losing sleep thanks to the extra noise from the development – contacted Mr Thompson for help to have their voices heard.
Construction of the Townsville Ring Road (Stage 5) project was completed in October, with Transport and Main Roads claiming the current sound barriers are a permanent, adequate solution, which resident Dan Thompson says is a lie.
“We were informed by the Main Roads Department rep that there would be noise reduction implemented, but there has been no effective noise barriers put up between Carlyle Gardens on the highway or the on ramp,” he said.
He described his living conditions as ‘cave-like’ as he is forced to batten down the hatches to reduce the noise.
“We cannot open any windows or doors. We are woken during the night by engine braking trucks, loud exhausts and motorbikes when the house is completely locked down,” Mr Thompson said.
Phillip Thompson says the current solution is not good enough as residents are continuing to suffer.
“These are people who have worked their whole lives, paid taxes. They have come here to retire, to relax in this stage of life. They want to be able to live peacefully and that has not been the case,” he said.
Dan Thompson is calling for immediate consultation with the residents.
“Come and talk to us, not the so-called experts, come down have a listen… that’s all I’m asking,” he said.


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