Roller hockey league: noise complaints could spell the end for competition

Roller hockey league: noise complaints could spell the end for competition

AUSTRALIA’S only street roller hockey league stopped matches this week following noise complaints and monitoring at its Bayswater site.

The Street Roller Hockey League joined forces with Bayswater Bowling and Recreation Club in October last year, essentially helping the almost-bankrupt bowls club keep its doors open.

At a council meeting held last week, Bayswater City Council moved behind closed doors to write to the bowls club to inform them to keep the noise down on the City-owned land or relocate the hockey league.

The league were given noise infringements despite matches finishing by 7pm and installing extra sound guards.

Mayor Barry McKenna said the City hired an independent monitoring group following complaints from nearby neighbours.

The results were analysed by the Department of Environmental Regulation and showed they continued to exceed noise level regulations.

“The Bayswater Bowling and Recreation Club are trying to reinvigorate their club, they got this association to come in, it has been very popular, it’s generated noise,” he said.

“We’re making it very clear to the club that the noise has to cease… unless the noise ceases, the roller hockey has to stop.

“Personally, I was hoping that the noise issue had gone away, they had put in various measures but it’s still in breach which is unfortunate.”

Mr McKenna said they were prepared to sit down with the roller hockey to relocate them to a “more appropriate” location in the city.

Street Roller Hockey League commissioner Eamonn Lourey said they decided to stop games at the site for the immediate future and would look at temporary locations so hundreds of players could finish the month left in their season.

He said they would liaise with an acoustic engineer to control noise issues and said the bowling club had applied for funding for an acoustic engineer.

Mr Lourey said after they received the first infringement they tried to keep the noise down and modified the rink, put up a temporary sound block and laid down an old rubber conveyer belt.

“Obviously that hasn’t worked,” he said.

“Of course I’m disappointed… but council have to uphold rules.”

Bayswater Bowling and Recreation Club would not comment.