Three-month deadline for RSPCA to address noise

16/03/2019 Posted by admin

THE RSPCA has another three months to do something to reduce the noise coming from its Port Lincoln facility on Happy Valley Road.
Nanjing Night Net

The RSPCA has another three months to do something to reduce the noise from barking dogs coming from its Port Lincoln facility.

In a report to the Port Lincoln City Council meeting last week, council staff recommended taking action against the RSPCA under the Development Act for the unlawful use of the dwelling as an office at the facility, and making an order under the Local Government Act requiring the RSPCA to refrain from keeping animals on the property to abate the noise nuisance.

However councillors voted not to take action at this stage.

A report will be provided to the council within three months outlining the outcome of investigations and action by the RSPCA to reduce the noise.

The RSPCA’s chief executive officer Tim Vasudeva will also be invited to meet with councillors to discuss how to resolve the noise issue.

The council’s development and environment executive director Rosa Gagetti said it appeared short term measures proposed by the RSPCA earlier this year had either not been implemented or had been unsuccessful because there had been frequent ongoing complaints and an Environmental Protection Authority noise audit conducted in October showed an unacceptable level of noise.

A report commissioned by the RSPCA recommends certain measures could be taken to alleviate the noise such as planting along the western boundary next to the neighbouring fence and placing a carport over the boarding kennels and adoption kennels with the sides covered in.

However it went on to state that even with these measures in place it was unlikely the noise levels would meet the EPA requirements.

Another option could be for the RSPCA to relocate to a more suitable premises such as Hassell Road where the council’s pound is located.

“The RSPCA has expressed an interest in this option however has been slow on the uptake despite several attempts by staff to initiate discussion,” Ms Gagetti said.

“In the meantime the residents continue to be impacted by the noise level with little or no relief on the horizon.”

Councillor Diana Mislov said the RSPCA provided a valuable service to the community and the council should work with the organisation.

She suggested giving the RSPCA a three month deadline to report back to the council on what it was doing to reduce the noise.

Councillor Danny Bartlett said councillors needed to put aside their feelings about the good work done by the RSPCA.

“Ultimately it’s a planning and development issue.

“Consulting with them hasn’t worked yet.

“Really we need to be in a position to force the issue.”

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