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Noise complaints could force Narangba company to shed jobs

Michael Love and Mark Costin are worried they will be forced to close after receiving noise complaints. Photo Nicola Brander / Caboolture News
Michael Love and Mark Costin are worried they will be forced to close after receiving noise complaints. Photo Nicola Brander / Caboolture News Nicola Brander

TWO Narangba business owners are worried they'll have to lay off staff just before Christmas after "a number of complaints" about noise forced them to shut down half of their business.

Precise Offroad Performance owners Michael Love and Mark Costin are sweating on the results of Moreton Bay Regional Council noise testing conducted on Monday and Thursday.

On November 25, the council directed the business to enclose or modify its dyno-tuning facility in response to four noise complaints dating back to June. The business has until December 16 to comply.

Mr Love said four-wheel-drive performance tuning with the dyno made up roughly half of his business, bringing in $3000 to $5000 a week. The business had operated on the street as a mechanic for about 11 years but expanded in January to add the dyno.

"We spent around $100,000 moving here and upgrading. The dyno machine itself was about $60,000," he said.

"We put on a new guy three months ago because we're expanding so quickly and if this keeps going I'm going to have to put them off before Christmas I imagine."

An initial round of noise testing with the dyno-tuning machine operating on November 19 measured 73.1 dB. According to MBRC documentation that's somewhere between the noise of a vacuum cleaner and living room music and 20dB above the ambient noise.

Mr Love said he had looked into sound-proofing the facility but found it would cost $40-$55,000 to do properly.

The Elimbah resident said he had not even been given a specific noise level he must operate below.

One emailed complaint stated the machine had "significant impact on local business, staff and local residents" but a neighbouring business sent a letter to the council defending POP, saying the noise was "in keeping with an industrial area".

Council staff took more tests on Thursday and Monday. An MBRC spokesman wouldn't say how much the business needed to reduce its noise output, just that it exceeded the "maximum allowable level".

"Noise measurements are ongoing and have been taken from various locations in the vicinity of the business premises to assess noise impacts on neighbouring properties," he said.

"The business owner will be informed of the test results once collated and assessed for compliance."


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