Locals take on Lindsay Transport over noise levels

Melbourne locals want Lindsay Transport hauled before a tribunal over noise levels, but company says it is doing nothing wrong

By Ruza Zivkusic | March 16, 2011

Lindsay Transport has received a cold shoulder from its new neighbours in Melbourne’s inner west who claim the round-the-clock truck movements are disrupting their peace.

The refrigerated transport company, which moved to the Vella Drive depot in Sunshine West from Laverton last November, has residents complaining about noise levels.

They are asking Brimbank City Council to take the matter to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Lindsay Transport chief financial officer Graham Johnston says acoustic testing conducted six weeks ago show noise levels are beneath environmental guidelines. He believes the company is doing nothing wrong.

"We are in an industrial area and there are certainly other transport companies in the Sunshine area," he says.

"I think the residents should recognise if you buy a house adjoining an industrial area, it’s not like you’re buying it near the beach."

Residents are complaining about noise pollution and the impact of vibration generated by activities occurring at the site, according to a council report.

Council planning compliance officers, who monitored the noise emissions from forklifts and refrigerated transport believe the residents’ complaints are valid.

"The complaints have been investigated by council officers and found to be substantiated," the report states.

In February, the council wrote to Lindsay Transport regarding its failure to address the noise issues and have appointed solicitors to seek a hearing at VCAT.

There are 20 people employed at the depot, with 50 trucks moving in and out, Johnston says.

"As far as I know, there has been no application to VCAT and if there is we will defend it as we comply with the law," he says.

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