Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Council Efforts to Reduce Noise Is Welcome but Will Be Ineffective in Halting Current Issue in Suburb Says Doctor

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Council Efforts to Reduce Noise Is Welcome but Will Be Ineffective in Halting Current Issue in Suburb Says Doctor

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DOCTOR Andrew Carll has responded to council's proposed solutions addressing the noise and parking issues in the Frenchville Rd and Pilbeam Dr area.

Although he welcomed their attempts to resolve the issue, Dr Carll says they will be ineffective.

WHILE the efforts of the Rockhampton Regional Council in attempting to address the noise and parking issues in this area are welcome, I believe that they will be ineffective in stopping the current situation where the eastern end of Frenchville Rd is used as a motor race track at night and a car park during other times, particularly in the early morning.

The survey mentioned in the media release by the council, used as the basis of their decision on this problem, was scientifically and mathematically flawed.

It was designed in such a manner to allow the voices of the most severely affected residents to be disregarded and ignored.

One hundred per cent of households from 327 Frenchville Rd to 439 Frenchville Rd, which have been most severely affected by this problem, wanted action taken by council to control noise and parking in this residential cul-de-sac.

Council then surveyed many groups, including non-residents of the area, in order to reach its desired outcome from the survey.

Notable from the survey was that some residents in side streets in the area who were surveyed did not want restricted parking placed on Frenchville Rd as they did not want the problem moved into their own areas.

The noise and parking issues are created by a group of exercisers and their personal trainers.

These individuals are quick to defend their right to park on a public road but seem unwilling to recognise the responsibilities that are attached to this right of public road use.

Having driven two and a half kilometres up Frenchville Rd they seem unable or unwilling to drive 300 to 500 metres further up Pilbeam Dr where there is parking space well away from residential homes. …

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