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Read about Noise & its Effects
Here is a comprehensive of Reference Materials List in respect to various aspect of noise.
Many people in our community, (across the whole of Australia), have been trying for years to get our authorities to take notice of all forms of pollution, but no interest. Intruding noise is a primary cause of stress for everyone. You are not immune to its autonomic biological effects. Chronic exposure undermines your well being.
Everyone who raises concern at noise pollution has been ignored and victimised by the parties at play. Evidence is a keen part of the game, and essential for any regulatory or legal action for change. With your IPhone and an app to measure noise, you can do what our authorities won’t do; measure noise that is intruding into your space. The more measures you make, the stronger the message will be. That information is then available to everyone, and is something you can then take with you to put on politicians desks and point to the illegality of what is occurring. We encourage you to do this, and will support your actions and demand for change.
To load an application to your mobile phone, go to http://aircasting.org where you can also save the outcome for anyone to view. We have been provided with the profile "StopTheNoiseInBurwood" which can be viewed. If you decide to make a noise map of your area (within Australia only), please advise us so that we can perhaps form a bigger picture.
The Cost of Noise
Here is The Economic Impact and Cost of Hearing Loss in Australia report. This points to the massive cost of noise which is ignored by politicians because it is generally unreported.
CSIRO on Accoustics
How the CSIRO tests noise here.
How CSIRO helped build Australia's quietest hospital.
The Accoustics Emissions Analyzer, developed by CSIRO.
General Noise Stories
Loud noise sparked fatal fight on Boondall front lawn, police say; man charged with manslaughter 10th April 2015, ABC News
The link between noise perception and quality of life in South Australia in Noise and Health, June 2014
Disrupted Sleep may Accelerate Cancer Growth from the ABC 19th May 2014: "Fragmented sleep marked by frequent awakenings can speed up cancer growth, increase tumour aggressiveness and weaken the immune system's ability to control or eradicate early cancers. According to researchers from the University of Chicago, fragmented sleep changes how the immune system deals with cancer in ways that make the disease more aggressive. The researchers also investigated the effect of sleep apnoea in children." For further information, Go to http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/healthreport/disrupted-sleep-may-accelerate-cancer-growth/5462394
How the Racket Rates from the Advetiser 5th April 2014
Keeping an Ear out for Success by CSIRO on 18/3/2014
Choice of scale weighting other than dB(A): The A weighted scale, referred to as dBA or dB(A), concentrates noise measurement in the middle frequecies of our hearing, tapering off rapidly at the high and low frequencies. This very old method of measurement is not appropriate for modern day applications. High frequency noise causes more damage to hearing than equivalent pressure middle frequencies. Low frequency noise travels further and penetrates barriers far more readily than middle frequency noise. Very low frequency noise cause additional adverse health effects. The upshot is that the middle frequency range causes the least problems, such that an inverse of the A weighted curve is in reality more appropriate. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weighting_filter for information on weighting.
No direction by relevant authority to complainants to approach perpetrators: If the complainant felt that they could approach the perpetrator for a civilised discussion of the problem, they usually would have done so already. The reality is that many cases spiral out of control, with one of the parties taking criminal action against the other - at worst there are even several murder/manslaughter cases per year in Australia which originated from a noise issue.
Anonymity of complainant to be maintained: To prevent acts of revenge, see previous paragraph.
Only one organisation to be responsible for a particular noise type: The reasons for this are pretty obvious. Currently, there are a number of situations where more than one organisation has the power to act on a noise problem, resulting in neither organisation taking responsibility.
Rules and actions directed toward reducing noise level at or near source, not at or near recipient locations; There are a number of compelling arguments for this policy. (a) It is generally cheaper and more effective to reduce noise at source, or as close as possible to the source. (b) The noise producer should be liable for the cost of noise reduction, not the recipients. (c) There are almost always multiple recipients per noise source, (even though, understandably, many do not make relevant official complaints). (d) Even if not offensive in the immediate neighborhood, unrestricted noise contibutes to the steadily increasing background urban noise. Examples include: Disco/nightclub noise abatement measures; abolition of modified exhausts in vehicles, with resultant enhancement of noise; improved floor/ceilings with a minimum prescribed noise abatement setting for multi-storey dwellings.
All states need to have rules prescribing a maximum of 5dB upside to ADR 83 for all vehicles manufactured from 2008 onwards. The Commonwealth Government introduced ADR 83, which, after a phasing in period, applies to all new road vehicles manufactured from 2008 onwards. However, this does not prevent the modification with after-market exhausts. Enforceable state laws are needed to ensure continued compliance with ADR 83. The NSW legislation is a good model - see the Road Vehicles page. In the long run, we believe that strictly enforcing the ADR 83 noise levels is the best way to resolve the deliberate noisy vehicle epidemic.
For all vehicles manufactured from 2008 onwards, the rules should be proactively enforced by a specialised unit within the state police force. Most State Police, understandably but misguidedly, consider the matter of excessive noise from vehicles to be of low importance, given their other priorities. However, the effect on non-enforcement impacts on more people than any other “crime”, as proven by Australian Bureau of Statistics surveys. Minimal enforcement has meant that, year by year, the problem has gotten gradually worse, with widespread quality of living and sleep effects. Generally, police only respond to complaints from the public, which is a very inefficient and impractical methodology. Offenders are actually very easy to detect - just placing a Unit on a moderately busy road will net a steady stream of offenders who can be dealt with on a mostly permanent basis. This is because once the problem has been rectified it is unlikely to be reversed again because of the effort and cost of rectification.
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