Residents of Port Chalmers and surrounding areas have welcomed moves by Port Otago to mitigate the noise from visiting container ships, but are hoping for more.
Emotions ran high at a gathering of affected residents in Port Chalmers last week, people describing being kept awake at night during the Rio class ships’ weekly visits by a low-frequency sound akin to a V8 car idling in their driveway.
In March alone, the Dunedin City Council received 24 noise complaints from residents in Port Chalmers, Roseneath, St Leonards, Carey’s Bay, and across Otago Harbour at Portobello, Broad Bay and even Harington Point.
Meeting organiser Raewynne Pedofski, who works from home in Roseneath and has regularly been disturbed at night by the noise, said it was a public health and wellness issue.
Port Chalmers resident Karen Elliot, who chaired the meeting, was less personally affected by the noise, but was struck by the emotional response of some people.
“The aim of the meeting was to give people a chance to talk, and to discuss ways forward,” she said.
“However, it was very clear that people were feeling exhausted by it and very upset.”
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