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Parks won’t be silenced on noise camera

Trucks on Mt Ousley Road. PHOTO: (c) Sam Laybutt, Ozroads

Trucks on Mt Ousley Road. PHOTO: (c) Sam Laybutt, Ozroads

NOT one fine or warning notice has been issued as the result of the installation of the ‘noise camera” installed on Mt Ousley Road in 2007, and upgraded in 2008.

State MP for Keira Ryan Park is calling on the Government to fix the camera to relieve neighbouring residents of noise from heavy vehicles.

In response to questions raised by Mr Parks in parliament, Roads Minister Duncan Gay has revealed that not even warning notices have been issued to offending drivers, let alone fines imposed for repeated breaches for excessive noise.

“Locals understand that trucks need to use Mt Ousley, they are vital part of our economy, especially with the movement of freight and raw materials, but surely, given the fact that thousand’s of heavy vehicles use this every day, the Government can take action to have this camera doing what its meant to be doing,” Mr Parks said.

“Look it’s a joke, there are signs warning about the camera, there is the camera itself, but there is no form of deterrent or even warning letter if truck owners continually break the noise limits through this residential area,” he said.

Mr Park said he would be raising this issue when Parliament resumes next month and has committed to working with the NSW Government to make any necessary legislative changes to get this camera working and to crack down on offending truck owners.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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