Street Sweeping and Leaf Blowing Noise Management Plan

Street Sweeping and Leaf Blowing Noise Management Plan

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Share your thoughts on our new Street Sweeping and Leaf Blowing Noise Management Plan.

Last Updated: 23 November 2021 Follow Engagement

We’ve developed a draft Street Sweeping and Leaf Blowing Noise Management Plan with an aim to minimise the impact of Class 2 street sweeping and leaf blowing noise emissions within the precincts of the City between 5.00am and 7.00am.

Environmental noise in Western Australia is governed by the Environmental Protection Act 1986 and regulated through the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997 [1]. The Regulations include considerations for management of essential services such as waste collection, cleaning of public places and hazard management.

Noise emitted from street sweeping and leaf blowing is exempt from the assigned levels in the Regulations provided the provider has an approved NMP and operates in accordance with the requirements in Regulation 14A and 14B.

This is our first Street Sweeping and Leaf Blowing Noise Management Plan and we propose to change the starting time of street sweeping and leaf blowing from 7am to 5am on Thursday and Friday. The proposed changes will allow the City to service a number of key activity centres as well as smaller precincts before cafes and restaurants open for business, and roads and parking bays become too congested with traffic.

For more information, please read the full draft Street Sweeping and Leaf Blowing Noise Management Plan.

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Opportunities to get involved

The City is seeking public comment regarding the draft Street Sweeping and Leaf Blowing Noise Management Plan before its approval, as required under Regulation 14A (8-10). This will allow the City to best consider the views of the community and make an informed decision when considering whether to allow these operations.

Any comments you wish to provide are to be submitted by 4.00pm Thursday, 23 December 2021 by completing the online submission form below. In-person and over-the-phone submissions are available at request. 

 

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FAQs

What is the aim of the Noise Management Plan?

This Noise Management Plan (NMP) provides the framework by which the City will manage their noise impacts from Class 2 works on the surrounding communities.

How did this project come about?

This project came about in response to a query made by a member of the public.

What is the relevant legislation?

Environmental noise in Western Australia is governed by the Environmental Protection Act 1986 and regulated through the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997 [1]. The Regulation’s includes considerations for management of essential services such as waste collection, cleaning of public places and hazard management.

Noise emitted from street sweeping and leaf blowing is exempt from the assigned levels in the Regulations provided the provider has an approved NMP and operates in accordance with the requirements in Regulation 14A and 14B. Once the NMP has been approved by the delegate chief executive officer (CEO), the NMP will be valid for three years after the day of commencement of approval and will be reviewed on an annual basis for its duration.

What does ‘Class 2’ works mean?

As defined in the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997;

Class 1 works means specified works carried out between —

  (a) 0700 hours and 1900 hours on any day that is not a Sunday or a public holiday; or

  (b) 0900 hours and 1900 hours on a Sunday or public holiday;

Class 2 works means specified works carried out otherwise than between the hours specified in the definition of class 1 works paragraphs (a) and (b).

How often does the City conduct street sweeping and leaf blowing activities?

The City carries out regular maintenance to roads and streetscapes according to a planned schedule, as well as responding to reports of any hazards.

The City’s level of service for street sweeping is to achieve a minimum of four sweeps annually of all City roads. This equates to once every three months and is subject to a number of factors, i.e. weather conditions, mechanical maintenance and breakdowns and operator illness, etc. The street sweeping program runs on an eight week cycle and assists in removing dirt and debris from the road edges.

Street sweeping takes place within the City’s key activity centres each week on Thursday and Friday between 5.15am and 6.00am.

Leaf blowing compromises the distribution of sand and leaf debris from footpaths on to road through the use of battery operated leaf blowers. Leaf blowing takes place within the City’s key activity centres on Thursday and Friday each week between 5.00am and 6.00am.

What are the proposed recommendations?

The City proposes to change the starting time of street sweeping and leaf blowing from 7.00am to 5.00am on Thursday and Friday.

Why will the City be conducting Class 2 works earlier?

Starting earlier will allow the City to service a number of key activity centres as well as primary and secondary distributor roads (as shown in Figure 4-1 of the draft plan) before cafes and restaurants open for business and roads and car parking bays become too congested with traffic.

Undertaking works during periods where cafes and restaurants are open for alfresco dining and where there is high traffic congestion increases the safety risk for all café and restaurant customers and road users as well as reducing the flow of traffic. Within the key activity centres, parked vehicles can also block access for road sweeping. Commencing works at 5.00am reduces the risks associated with a 7.00am start. Additionally, street sweeping and leaf blowing is far more effective, efficient, and safe manner within the specified precincts between 5.00am and 7.00am.

Where are the key activity centres, primary roads and secondary distributor roads?

Activity centres:

  • Applecross Village
  • Riseley Precinct
  • Civic Centre
  • Fiona Stanley Hospital Precinct
  • Local distributor roads

Primary and secondary distributor roads

Figure-4-1-City-of-Melville-Class-2-works-map

How can I share my feedback?

We’d love to hear your feedback about our new draft Street Sweeping and Leaf Blowing Noise Management Plan. To share your feedback, please read the full plan and submit a formal submission form by 4.00pm Thursday, 23 December 2021.

What will happen with my submission?

The City will review all formal submissions and will consider this feedback prior to finalising the plan.

How can I stay updated on the outcomes of the engagement?

Click on the 'Follow Engagement' button at the top of this page to receive updates straight to your email.

How do I make a noise complaint?

For more information about the rules and regulations surrounding noise pollution and who you can approach if you have a noise complaint, please refer to the Noise page of the City of Melville's website.

Who's Listening?

NameCraig Sanders, Streetscape Supervisor
Phone08 9364 0666
Email

craig.sanders@melville.wa.gov.au

Timeline

  • 25 November - 23 December 2021
  • Public comment period
    Community are invited to view the draft Noise Management Plan and provide formal comments

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