Noise

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 programmes to ensure the effective control of noise sources from our 24-hour operations and reduce the impact on our neighbours.

Noise management controls are incorporated into the design of plant and equipment, project planning, scheduling of work, the systems and procedures that guide our daily operations and long-term noise improvement strategies. Where it is commercially available, we install low-noise specification equipment (i.e. conveyor drives, rollers, and coal transfer chutes). We have fully enclosed transfer points, minimal drop heights, soft flow chutes and conduct regular plant and equipment maintenance. Port Waratah also incorporate best-practice design principles to reduce noise in offsite locations, such as the enclosure of transfer points, assessment and change out of conveyor idlers, re-orientation of alarms and adjustment of alarms.

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 employees and contractors play a critical role in managing noise, therefore ongoing education and awareness training play an important part ensuring noise-related issues remain a focus area for our business and that our terminals are being operated and maintained effectively, while continuously improving.

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.

Community Enquiries

Are you concerned about air quality or noise? We care about your concern and will respond within 24hrs.