A noisy Narre Warren nightclub has been fined $8,060 for exceeding noise regulations.
In February 2019, Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) received a number of noise complaints about Empire 3805 Pty Ltd’s (Empire) Lauderdale Rd venue and installed a noise logger.
The logger, which was located within a residential area some 250 metres away, recorded thumping, low frequency noise up to 7 decibels above the day/evening noise limit and up to 21 decibels above the night noise limit of 51dBZ.
As decibels are a logarithmic scale, an increase of 10dBZ is perceived by the ear as a doubling of the loudness of a sound.
EPA issued Empire a Pollution Abatement Notice and the company installed noise controls but when EPA undertook further monitoring in April, the noise was at 62 decibels – 11 decibels above the night noise limit.
EPA Southern Metropolitan Regional Manager Marleen Mathias said excessive noise could affect the health of residents.
“Excessive noise can cause lack of sleep and lead to stress and anxiety, which is why noise regulations were created,” she said.
“While the nightclub is located in a largely industrial area of Narre Warren, the noise was still recorded as excessive some 250m away which is a considerable distance.
“It’s especially disappointing that even after installing sound measures, the club still exceeded the night-time limit.”
Ms Mathias said Empire’s director stated the April exceedance was the result of a large music function where they later found out sound crews took measures to bypass the noise limiters.
“Empire has now installed limiters in the main room, installed acoustic insulation, stationed extra security on the doors to ensure they remain closed and taken measures to ensure the limiters can only be reached by venue management,” Ms Mathias said.
“All promoters who book live acts at the venue must also acknowledge the noise limits.”
Ms Mathias said EPA would continue to monitor the venue if there were any further reports.
“People experiencing industrial noise disturbances are urged to report it to EPA’s pollution hotline on 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842),” she said.
Under the Environment Protection Act 1970 and the Infringements Act 2008, Empire has the right to have the fine reviewed or have the matter determined by a court.