EMU CREEK: The extreme retreat owner Blair Maxwell disputes claims he is breaking noise levels. Photo Emu Creek Extreme Retreat Website
EMU CREEK: The extreme retreat owner Blair Maxwell disputes claims he is breaking noise levels. Photo Emu Creek Extreme Retreat Website Emu Creek Extreme Retreat Websit

Owner believes noise levels are legal

EMU Creek Extreme Retreat motorbike park owner/manager Blair Maxwell has disputed claims regarding noise complaints made by his Tabulam neighbours ('We've Had a Gutful' RREE 27/11).

"We bought the property in 2002 and moved in in 2003, we felt there was a need for more legal riding areas for motorbikes," he said.

Originally from Bowral, Mr Maxwell said he and his family moved to the area as they saw the place suited their needs. Mr Maxwell disputes the claim that he operated without a DA.

"There has been no dereliction or vacancy since 1993," he said.

"There were clean-up orders (from Tenterfield Shire Council) as some things had been mismanaged but it was free to continue."

Minutes of the current position of the property from an extraordinary council meeting in 2010 stated that the submission of a new DA was needed to bring the operations into legal status.

"Operations on the ..site have been deemed...outside..the 1993 Development Consent..(and) reasonably be considered as an 'abandoned use' and effectively being null and void."

Mr Maxwell said complaints about noise started in 2009 and council inspected the property and found it no longer matched or kept the requirements of the standing DA.

"Council closed us down over that Christmas period and we submitted a new DA which eventually got approved," he said.

"We met all 2010 standards which were much more stringent compared to 1993."

Regarding claims in the November 27 article that there is noise 365 days a year, 11 hours a day Mr Maxwell said that is not the case.

"We don't have people that many times a year," he said.

"There are a couple of weekends but not 11 hours a day, people get too tired."

In relation to current legal matters regarding noise issues Mr Maxwell said the noise levels were appropriate for the sport.

"It's not noisier or louder as our park makes less noise than road traffic that goes past the neighbours' houses," he said.

"We want to run a good business that keeps kids off the street."



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