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Lion Red & ZM Noise Promotion Antisocial

Lion Red & ZM Noise Promotion Antisocial

One person’s music can be another person’s noise. Not that it matters to Lion Red and ZM Radio in their latest promotion. The promotion offers a chance to have your fine paid by the promoters so in their words, “the party can continue.”

“A point seemingly lost on the organisers of this promotion is that noise control officers respond to complaints about noise. They only intervene when noise is judged to be excessive,” says Mike Orchard, President of the Institute of Environmental Health.

The Institute believes the tone of the promotion, which claims to be ‘helping you Amp it Up this summer,’ is provocative and antisocial. The organisers even offer to pay people $250 before the party to ‘pre-empt those pesky noise control officers.’

“Some people are going to be sadly disappointed to find that the costs of deliberately ‘amping it up’ may well be much more than the $250 on offer, let alone any loss of good will with their neighbours,” says Orchard.

Longer days and warmer weather spells the start of the party season. We all expect noise levels to rise as people spend time outside. It’s a time when many of us will be lighting up the barbie and having a few mates around. But we should also be mindful of those around us and minimize any potential for noise nuisance.

Rather than anticipating a fine why not think about what you can do to minimise any unreasonable noise while still having a good time? Here are some suggestions:

• Before you have a party or barbecue, remember the neighbours - let them know beforehand or better still invite them.

• Set the bass control at a low level as the "bass beat" can be particularly irritating.

• Walk around the boundary of the venue and assess the noise volume, reduce it if it is too noticeable.

• Turn the music down as it gets later, close doors and windows.

ENDS

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