In a report by The Daily Telegraph, residents complain to the WestConnex Project builders about how late-night truck engine noise and concrete cutting troubled their sleep.
The contractors responded and told them that the “noise was not that bad,” offering them a bag of earplugs as a noise mitigation response.
Sydney Morning Herald states that a spokesperson from the WestConnex team sent the letter in August concerning the work at the intersection of the Princes Highway and Campbell Street in St. Peters.
“We recognize that WestConnex construction work can at times create noise impacts for some residents and every effort is made to reduce this impact,” she said in a statement reported by Sydney Morning Herald.
“Before any scheduled out-of-hours work is carried out, a noise assessment is undertaken to determine predicted noise levels, identify impacted residents and appropriate noise mitigation measures,” she further explained.
Meanwhile, households along the M4 East site that were significantly affected by the construction noise had been offered temporary relocation, while others received white noise machines to tone down the noise, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Earplugs: An insulting ‘band-aid solution’
Inner West Council Mayor Darcy Byrne voiced out his disappointment over the so-called ‘band-aid solution’ offered by the New South Wales Government to counter the noise pollution brought by the WestConnex Transport Project.
“You won’t believe this, these are the earplugs the tortured residents of Haberfield & St Peters are being sent by the NSW Government to block out the 24 hour noise pollution many of them are suffering from the construction of WestConnex,” Mayor Byrne wrote in a public post on his official Facebook page, attaching an image of the earplugs and letter from the WestConnex Community Relations Team.
He further fires at the offer as “an insulting band-aid solution to the Government’s blatant and deliberate infringement on the rights of the people of the Inner West.”
Byrne comforts affected residents by announcing a proposal for a legal curfew on the project’s scheduled night construction.
“That’s why I am announcing our new proposal to establish a legal curfew on night works from contractors and state utility companies building WestConnex,” Byrne wrote.
In his post, he also urged the residents to inform his office regarding any terrible impacts brought by the construction.
The WestConnex Motorway Project is Australia’s largest transport infrastructure project, meant to ease congestion and connect communities in Sydney. Contractors started the drilling of the new tunnel in the last quarter of 2016.