Noise: Disrupted sleep at an overnight stay has caused a visitor to call for more to be done to reduce hotel noise levels to help reduce driver fatigue.
A tourist has called on local business andgovernment agencies to be more proactive in reducinglate night noise at a localhotel to help drivers manage fatigue.
Mal Gannaway of Duncraig said travellers staying at motels nearthe Pier Hotel last Saturday were unable to sleep due to loud music around midnight until 3am when intoxicated patrons leftthe hotel.
The Pier Hotel management has not responded to The Esperance Expressrequest for a response to the visitor’scomplaint.
Mr Gannaway said the Pier Hotel noise last weekend caused sleeplessness which meant travellers were driving tired.
He saidthe Esperance Shire Council, policeand Liquor Licensing Board needed to do more than simply monitor the noise levelbecause he believed their apparent inaction mocked the State Government’sadvertising campaign “Don’t Drive Tired.”
“These drivers having had noneto little sleep are then forced to drive tired to their next destination, which in this part of the state generally does not involve a short drive,” Mr Gannaway said.
“I find it ironic the Esperance Shire Council allows its rangers to achieve a decent night’s sleep by having an after hours operator to answer their calls, however will do nothing to stop a repeat noise offender,” he said.
Shire of Esperance president Victoria Brown said environmental health officers handled noise complaints and the outcome was confidential.
Cr Brown said the Shire of Esperance rangers didnot cover 24 hour shifts, acall centre took after hours calls and forwarded the information to the ranger on call.
“The police deal with noise complaints made at night, these issues are not the responsibility of the shire rangers,” Cr Brown said.
Esperance Police Senior Sergeant Richard Moore said police attended the Pier Hotel in response to a noise complaint on Saturday, April 16, but they did not deem the noise levels to be excessive.
Cr Brown said the councilactively contributed to the Goldfields Esperance Roadwise Campaign and its safe driving promotion recently won a state award.
“It is disappointing to hear that someone has visited our lovely town and not enjoyed their stay. We live in fantastic part of the world that should be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike,” Cr Brown said.
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