Noise limits may change for Sandstone Point Hotel
THE Sandstone Point Hotel is applying to change the conditions that regulate noise coming from the venue during open-air concerts.
The change could mean the hotel answers to the Moreton Bay Regional Council instead of the Queensland Government’s Office of Liquor and Gaming.
Sandstone Point resident at Howard Crt Graeme Wilcox said he appreciated what the hotel offered for tourists and the economy but was concerned about how the noise limits would be regulated, as he claimed it was currently a disturbance.
“I don’t object to the outdoor rock concerts, as long as the noise is contained,” he said.
Mr Wilcox said the shipping containers recently installed to dampen the noise has helped “to a certain degree” but still thinks more needs to be done.
“There’s methods that they can contain it quite easily... there’s acoustic curtains and all sorts of things that can be done but they just cost money,” he said.
Sandstone Point Hotel owner Robert Comiskey said he has already spent more than $50,000 on acoustic consultants and $10,000 on the container wall. He said he has consulted with the closest residents at Howard Crt and Spinnaker Sound and claims minimal residents have complained to the hotel about noise.
“I’m always looking to reduce and contain noise in that area,” he said.
Although the hotel has a decibel limit of up to 105, an OLGR spokesperson said the noise allowed above background levels for all entertainment venues is 10 decibels between 6am and 10pm.
Mr Comiskey said it was these conditions that limited the venue and why he wanted to apply to for the change.
“Bands won’t come here because of the noise criteria,” he said.
“We want a more clear and consistent measure that would be easier to monitor.”
Mr Wilcox claimed the change means the background level could change to a “70 decibel blanket limit” and was concerned this could increase noise.
A MBRC spokeswoman said “Council has received an application to vary the noise requirements for Outdoor Events at the Sandstone Point Hotel” and “is currently being assessed”.
“The application is subject to impact assessment and will be publicly notified for submissions,” she said.
“It is premature at this point in the assessment process to consider potential operational matters that may be dealt with under conditions if the matter is to be approved.”