Tradies urged to tone down the early morning noise

Tradie Scott Hayward is always careful not to create too much noise in the early hours.
Tradie Scott Hayward is always careful not to create too much noise in the early hours. Peter Holt

SCOTT Hayward is aware tradies have a bad rap for being early-morning ruckus makers.

However, he's determined to buck the trend and keep construction sites peaceful and "respect your neighbours".

Discussion on the Daily Mercury's Facebook page sparked a debate on whether tradespeople start noisy work before 7am.

For the past 25 years, Mr Hayward has painted, tiled and constructed his way up and down the coast, and said he learnt early-on to be polite.

"Tradies have a bad rap in some sense," he said.

"Obviously the job doesn't always entail loud noise, but when it does, it's the first thing you think about.

"People work night shift or work in the mines. A lot of people work seven days on, seven days off… longs days… so you have to take that into account."

Moving from Sydney, Mr Hayward said the city's Terrace Houses would echo the slightest tremor and working on them was a good learning curve.

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He said it was best to be polite and work from 8am onwards, especially if it was noisy.

Glenella resident, and shift worker, Liam Leonard knows all too well how frustrating it can be to be kept awake.

More than a month ago, he woke up to the sound of grinding grass, in the early hours of the morning.

"I had a Mackay city mower man at about quarter past six on a Saturday morning. He was mowing the dance hall and the alley beside my house," he said.

"I was furious at that time in the morning. I was asleep."

Mr Leonard said it was not the first time he had been kept awake.

Last year he said his nights were restless for "months on end", being kept up by the sound of a high-powered flood light generator that was switched on to renovate a near-by overpass.

"It was all night. From when it went dark from about half past five, all night, until about six in the morning," he said.

A Mackay Regional Council spokesperson said noise regulation times applied to council operations, however there were some exceptions such as emergency works and repairs.


MACKAY Regional Council yesterday confirmed official warnings and infringement notices could be issued to noisy workers if they failed to meet time requirements.

Between 6.30pm to 6.30am Monday to Saturday, ruckus should be kept on a low, which should also be followed public holidays and Sundays.

Residents, along with commercial users, cannot use lawn mowers between 7pm and 7am, which moves to 8am on Sundays.

Council officer Craig Shepherd said building noise was regulated by the State Government Environ- mental Protection Act, which also considers the use of air-conditioners, pools and spas.

"Before starting a project that is likely to create noise, it's important to consider your neighbours."

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