Facebook outrage at council objection to amplified 'noise'
"EVERYBODY needs music," as the song says.
And this week, a vast majority of Facebook commentators strongly agreed - not all however.
Red Hill residents are far from enthusiastic about the prospect of amplified "noise" after 6pm.
Some of them eventually took to Facebook to defend their right to be concerned about the amenity of their neighbourhood.
According to council staff, reporting to councillors at their general meeting this week, it all came about as a result of an application by the Phoenix Hotel to the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation.
The hotel was seeking a liquor licence change to allow "amplified and non-amplified noise in the outdoor dining and deck areas of the hotel," they reported.
Brooke Robinson "Facebooked" to the effect that she could "hear people dining and talking half way down the hill on a normal night."
"If this was seriously on the drawing board why haven't residents been surveyed?" she asked.
Councillors did not object to the "non-amplified" part of the hotel's application, but unanimously ruled out any support for amplified music after 6pm in the hotel's outdoor area.
Council staff expressed regret they could not help councillors make "a more informed decision" because of "a lack of information," particularly the "noise report which was not provided to council by OLGR."
The decision then had to be based on "the location of the hotel within a predominantly residential area (and) the history of past complaints and objections from local residents."
Social wellbeing councillor Rae Gate said: "That outdoor area is quite large and if they had amplified music I don't think residents would be (applauding) the council."
"This is about amenity, not stopping music," Mayor Mick Curran said. "The hotel has been there for many years and unfortunately is surrounded by houses."
What you said on Facebook:
Steve Berry That has got to be one of the silliest stories ever to come out of Gympie. Why don't the council and the State Government take the responsibility for sound proofing out of the hands of the Live Music venues as saner parts of the world now do.
Michelle Honey Of course it would be noisy for residents they are right next to it. I'm not far from it just a couple of streets away but I would love it. I've always said that pub is missing music.
Mary Petrie Aww come on , get with the times instead of being so backwards, we need this in Gympie, get the old farts out of council and put someone in that's a bit more progressive!
Matt Perin It's a pub , let's support live music , give the young talent in town a go...... I live near the speedway , I don't care about the noise..... Why does everyone have to put the brakes on anything that is exciting and new to the town
Dale Kay I had a four piece band and it was very loud. Neighbours always complained.