War of the walls
RESIDENTS of Waikiki Avenue, Palm Beach, say they've had enough of the constant traffic noise from a busy Pacific Motorway off ramp invading their homes and want something done about it.
Up to 12 homes in the avenue, which runs adjacent to the highway, are exposed to a higher level of noise due to the lack of a sound barrier between them and the motorway off-ramp such as the several walls which protects other homes throughout the Gold Coast from the same problem.
Resident Donna Ankers said the Palm Beach off ramp from the highway leading down to Salk Oval is one of the few sections of residential area not having the benefit of such a sound buffer or wall.
"The sound barrier stops just shy of the where the offramp starts," Mrs Ankers, who lives at the end of the Waikiki Avenue cul-de-sac, said.
"The traffic banks up on the off-ramp and we're copping the worst of it - the highway's not such a problem with the odd truck noise.
"The Nerang area fronting the highway, which is mostly an industrial area, has a sound barrier for most of the way yet we're in a residential area and don't have one.
"The existing sound barrier should be extended to cover this residential area.
"A real-estate agent told me my house has been undervalued by nearly $100,000 because of the interfering sound from the off ramp traffic.
"I sat there the other day at 11am, which is normally a quiet time, and counted 20 cars a minute using that off ramp and if you multiply that by 24 hours it's a lot of cars," she said.
Ms Ankers said residents have started lobbying politicians to try and have the sound barrier extended to cover their homes and were due to meet with Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey. But a spokesman for the Department of Main Roads said work involving the existing noise barriers adjacent to Waikiki Avenue were not included in a priority list of works for the M1 motorway south of Nerang under a current $3m allocation for the area for this and the next two financial years.
Priority, the spokesman said, was being given to those areas that did not have any noise barriers and where residents had been settled for the longest periods of time.
"Main Roads will record the traffic noise issue at Waikiki Avenue following the concerns expressed by residents and will investigate works in this area, when funding permits.