We work proactively to reduce our noise contribution in Newcastle’s working Harbour. Our focus is to manage noise at our Carrington and Kooragang operations to have minimal impact on our neighbours and communities.
How we manage noise
We undertake a range of activities and programs to ensure the effective control of noise sources from our 24-hour operations and reduce the impact on our neighbours.
Noise management is incorporated into the design of plant and equipment, project planning and scheduling of work, as well as the systems and procedures that guide our day-to-day operations. Where it is commercially available, we install low noise equipment. We have fully enclosed transfer points, soft flow chutes and conduct regular plant and equipment maintenance. We also assess and change out conveyor idlers to manage their noise contribution and orient sirens to minimise noise in off-site locations.
We regularly undertake noise monitoring at numerous residential and industrial locations to verify noise performance. We also measure the sound power levels of our equipment, which is used to update noise modelling at our terminals so that it is reflective of real-world conditions. This allows us to target specific items of plant and equipment generating noise, ensuring improvement projects can be updated on a regular basis.
Our commitment to minimising noise in the community
Our noise performance measures include criteria specified in our Development Consent conditions. Where these are absent, we have adopted internal monitoring programs and goals to regularly measure, analyse and evaluate our noise performance over time.
We have developed a multi-year Carrington Conveyor Drive Strategy to achieve an offsite noise reduction target of 1 decibel at representative residential locations. Substantial budget and resources have been allocated to achieve this target.
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