Worker sacked over construction noise

BUILDERS taking advantage of residential growth in Cockburn are being issued noise infringements for working outside permitted hours.

A sub-contractor was last week fired after he was caught performing earth works in Aubin Grove on Anzac Day without a permit, disregarding Environmental Protection Regulations on noise.

Nicheliving director Ronnie Elhaj, whose property group is preparing to build homes at the site along Gibbs Road, said the man had been forced to step down from his position.

‘We contacted the sub-contractor as soon as we were aware of what happened,’ he said.

‘They weren’t aware the worker, hired by them, had been doing earthworks on site at that time.

‘He has since been terminated because of it.’

Cockburn Councillor Stephen Portelli, who lives in the area, said it was one of a growing list of noise complaints he had received, compounded by Cockburn’s heavy residential growth.

‘It is a chronic problem with complaints every week,’ he said.

‘Most residents are easy going and let it go, or they are unaware that it is illegal and just put up with it.’

Under Environmental Protection Regulations for noise, construction work must be carried out between 7am and 7pm from Monday to Saturday only.

No work should be carried out outside those hours, or on Sundays and public holidays, unless the builder can prove it is necessary. They must also submit to council a noise management plan a week before work starts.

Residents or builders not complying can face fines handed down by local governments of between $250 and $500.

‘Unfortunately rogue tradesmen and builders are flouting the laws,’ Mr Portelli said.

‘When builders get a builders approval and a building licence they sign off on the conditions and right at the top of the list is (information) about appropriate construction times so there are no excuses.’

Cockburn’s environmental health manager Nick Jones said the City had issued a ‘small number of infringements’.

‘Some tradesmen just want to get the job done as fast as possible to allow them to get onto the next job and increase their profits,’ he said.

‘Cockburn is a rapidly growing city and there will always be hotspots in these developing areas such as Aubin Grove and North Coogee.’