Dealing with Neighbourhood Issues

Dealing with issues in your neighbourhood

Before taking formal steps to report a neighbourhood issue, council recommends that you attempt to contact your neighbours to discuss the problem and reach an appropriate resolution.

However, it is not recommended that you approach your neighbour if there is a concern that they may become hostile.

Common issues people have with their neighbours include:

One of the most common issues concerning neighbours is noise. The Dealing with Neighbourhood Noise page on the NSW Environment Protection Agency (EPA) website provides useful information regarding common neighbourhood noise issues.

Time of day noise restrictions

The following table provides a quick guide to noise restrictions. During these times, noise should not be able to be heard in a habitable room in a neighbour's residence.

 Noise source  Time restrictions
Power tools 8.00pm to 8.00am on Sundays and public holidays. 
8.00pm to 7.00am on weekdays and Saturdays.
Swimming pool and spa pumps 8.00pm to 8.00 am on Sundays and public holidays.
8.00pm to 7.00am on weekdays and Saturdays.
Music Midnight to 8.00am on weekends and public holidays.
10.00pm to 7.00am on weekdays.
Air conditioner and water heater 10.00pm to 8.00am on weekends and public holidays.
8.00pm to 7.00am on weekdays.
Motor vehicles (except when entering/leaving residential premises) 8.00pm to 8.00 am on weekends and public holidays.
8.00pm to 7.00am on weekdays.
Refrigeration unit fitted to motor vehicles 8.00pm to 8.00am on weekends and public holidays.
8.00pm to 7.00am on weekdays.

If you are unable to resolve the matter by talking with your neighbour(s), a report can be made to council on 4325 8222.

You will need to provide the details of your concern along with any action already taken to assist council’s officers with your report.

Neighbourhood Watch

There are a number of Neighbourhood Watch meetings in our area, where community members come together to discuss issues from their suburb, and work with local enforcement bodies to reduce crime and build safer, more secure communities across Brisbane Water. 

Brisbane Water LAC also hold Coordinator Meetings at the Police Station with representatives from local Progress Associations or Neighbourhood Watch groups, and Community Safety Precinct Committee meetings twice per year, for government and non-government organisations, as well as community members. 

At both meetings, issues raised from the community are discussed, and attempts at resolutions made.

 Area  Contact  Meeting dates, times and venues
Copacabana Combined Community Association Inc and Neighbourhood Watch
First Thursday of alternate (even) months, held at Copacabana Fire Station from 7.30pm.
Green Point Neighbourhood Watch
First Friday of each month at Green Point Community Centre - 96 Koolang Road, Green Point - from 10am.
Kariong Neighbourhood Centre, Progress Association and Neighbourhood Watch
First Wednesday of each month (excl. January) at Kariong Progress Hall, Woy Woy Road, from 7.30pm. 
Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre
Contact for dates. 
Koolewong, Point Clare, Tascot Progress Association (including West Gosford)
Second Thursday, odd months, at Point Clare Community Hall (opposite Point Clare train station) from 7.30pm. 
Spencer Community Progress Group Inc.
Monthly committee meetings and three-monthly community meetings. Check Facebook or email contacts for dates. 
Springfield Residents Association
Second Monday, even months, at Chertsey Primary School from 7pm. 
St Huberts Island Residents Association and Neighbourhood Watch
Second Thursday in March, June, September and December. Held at The Cove Hall, Empire Bay Drive, St Huberts Island from 7.30pm. 
Pearl Beach Residents Association
First Saturday of every month at the Progress Hall from 5.30pm. 
Wyoming / North Gosford Residents Association
First Wednesday of the month at Wyoming Community Centre, 147 Maidens Brush Road, Wyoming. 
Umina Community Group
Contact for dates. 

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