Deadline looms for Lindsay Transport on noise barrier

Lindsay Transport is running out of time to put up a noise barrier at its Melbourne depot to appease locals

Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | March 30, 2012

Lindsay Transport is running out of time to put up a noise barrier at its Melbourne depot to appease locals complaining about truck movements disrupting their peace.

The Sunshine West company has dealt with grief from local residents over noise since moving from Laverton in November 2010.

Residents have complained about the round-the-clock truck movements, and the company was ordered to put up the barrier in December last year after appearing at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. However, the deadline was extended to March 31.

Derrimut MP Telmo Languiller is calling on the Victorian Government to conduct a review of trucks using roads in Sunshine West, saying residents hope the barrier at Lindsay’s depot will alleviate some of the disturbance created by the trucks entering and exiting the premises.

"Local residents want to know about the effectiveness of the barrier addressing the breaches as a matter of priority in the coming weeks as far too long they have been living in what they describe as a nightmare situation," Languiller says.

"The action I seek is for the (transport) minister to conduct a comprehensive review of the appropriateness of trucks using roads in Sunshine West.

"The review needs to look at roads currently approved for B-double truck usage, effectiveness of acoustic barriers in place, whether truck curfews should be introduced and any other measures that may improve the local amenity."

Roads of concern are Fairbairn Road, Somerville Road, Vella Drive and Grace Court, he adds.

"Complaints regarding noise, pollution and road safety as a result of truck patronage on Sunshine West roads have been streaming into my office for the past few years," Languiller says.

"However, the Lindsay Australia site is not the sole cause of problems in the area. Obviously trucks, including B-doubles, have to use the surrounding roads to access the Lindsay and other transport deports in Vella Drive.

"Unfortunately – or fortunately, these roads are surrounded by nearby residential units. It is my recollection that the residents were there before these businesses."

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