Guanaba developer wants to increase noise pollution levels

The Guanaba Experience developer now seeks to negotiate two “conditions” Council imposed on the entertainment park; the negotiations centering on noise pollution and staff levels.

About noise and the development

Residents, Council and individual Councillors emphasised noise as one of the main concerns about the development.

We firmly believe the noise impact caused by the Guanaba Experience development is inappropriate for the Tamborine Mountain Escarpment Protection Precinct. Nevertheless, Council’s approval of the development in June this year allowed for additional noise over and above the current noise levels experienced in the area.

The developer’s negotiating with Council to allow for significantly higher levels of noise pollution from the Guanaba Experience entertainment park.

The technical details: Council stated noise could be 5dB above LA90 from 7am to 10pm and 3dB above LA90 from 10pm to 7am. Council specified these noise levels would be “acceptable” at “sensitive places” – meaning people living nearby.

The developer’s requested Council change its condition to suit the levels of noise pollution argued for in the acoustic report for the entertainment park development application.

Given the Council justified its approval of the Guanaba Experience development on the basis of using “conditions” to mitigate impacts, we expect Council to stick with its original position on noise impacts, rather than change to meet the developer’s request.

Noise and its effect on wildlifeFemale Red Necked Wallaby Guanaba

Since the 1970s, scientists have been discovering that human-generated noise pollution can have a significant impact on fauna, including:

1. Masking important environmental cues for communication and orientation.
2. Causing physiological changes, such as increased heart rate and stress.
3. Forcing abandonment of territories.
4. Altering and even halting reproduction.

It’s important to note the effects of noise pollution from the entertainment park on the ecological functioning of the 500 acres and surrounding area doesn’t seem to have been assessed at all.

Negotiating staffing levels

Council capped staff on site at 30 at any one time. The developer has asked for this cap to be removed.