Lindsay Transport builds wall to satisfy angry residents

Refrigerated transport company hopes a new three-metre high wall will satisfy residents who complained about noise pollution

By Ruza Zivkusic | June 7, 2011

A 150-metre long and three-metre high wall might just be the answer in rebuilding Lindsay Transport’s relationship with its new neighbours in Melbourne’s inner west.

The refrigerated transport company, which moved to the Vella Drive depot in Sunshine West from Laverton last November, has erected a temporary wall to satisfy residents who complained about noise pollution.

Residents want Brimbank City Council to take the matter to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Lindsay Transport Chief Financial Officer Graham Johnston says the company has recently put up the wall in hope of reducing its noise.

"We’ve put up a container wall up there to prevent the noise which replicates an acoustic wall. We have also changed our operating procedures so the noise is reduced," he says.

The company has a tentative council approval to upgrade its site despite 43 objections to the plan. In order to proceed with its plans, Lindsay Transport has been asked to install an acoustic barrier to deal with noise problems.

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

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

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