Urgent action is needed as residents along the freeway from Safety Beach to Rosebud had been enduring unacceptable and increasing levels of noise pollution for more than 20 years.
Over the last few months I have joined local residents in a number of protests on the bridges over the freeway to raise awareness of this issue.
In the early 2000’s, testing was done which elevated sections of the Mornington Peninsula Freeway well above the 68db noise limits and this has been and is continuing to create a public health issue right along the freeway.
In a Freedom of Information request in 2016 it is clear that this issue has been ignored by successive Labor Governments.
Labor Minister Peter Batchelor said in Parliament on 6th May 2003;
“The member for Nepean raised with me the issue of sound barriers on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway. With increasing traffic volumes on a large number of our freeways there is an attendant increase in noise coming from those roads.
The simple fact of the matter is that the policy that existed under the former Liberal government has continued through. If a road has a noise problem that grows over time we will measure that over time and once it reaches the threshold in accordance with the policy we will slot it in with the other competing noise barrier needs across the state and ask for it to be addressed.”
Our community simply want this issue to be addressed and for the public health impact on thousands of residents to be taken seriously by funding noise attenuation works to the freeway.
If you would like to join with our community to get this issue addressed then please register at the ‘Sick Of Freeway Noise’ Facebook page