The Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) hopes
increased awareness about events at Forsyth Barr Stadium this
O-Week will mean fewer noise complaints than last year.
This comes after 58 noise complaints were made to the Dunedin
City Council over events at the stadium last O-Week.
The council initially cited the number of complaints as a
reason to restrict events to a 11.30pm finish for events at
the stadium this year, but this decision was overturned in
favour of a midnight cut-off after OUSA objected.
OUSA president Francisco Hernandez hoped giving people who
could be affected by the noise information on when events
were being held and when they finished would mean fewer noise
complaints. To get the message out, OUSA had paid for
advertising and carried out a letter box drop of the main
areas affected by noise, Mr Hernandez said.
''We would hope that with an increased awareness this year
that residents in affected areas would be more understanding
of what's happening throughout the week,'' he said.
Another reason to be hopeful for fewer complaints was that
only two music events were being held at the stadium this
year compared with four last year.
The two events which could cause an issue this year were
tonight's Toga Party and the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
concert on Thursday.
Asked why having events at the stadium finish earlier was not
acceptable to OUSA, he said: ''It's a matter of catering for
what the event-goers want and expect and it's also about
providing an area for students to party that is safe and
controlled where we can minimise any issues that might
Council environmental health co-ordinator Ros MacGill, who is
in charge of dealing with noise complaints, expected there
would be some complaints this year, but like OUSA hoped
increased communication would see fewer than last year.
''Hopefully, people will be a little bit more tolerant,
because they will at least know when it's going to stop,'' Ms
A combination of factors - including that it was the first
time O-Week events had been held at the stadium and the
bass-heavy music being played - led to the large number of
complaints last year.
The main areas affected by noise were Ravensbourne and Signal
Hill, but the heavy bass meant the sound travelled across the
harbour as far afield as Macandrew Bay.
Council staff would be out and about tonight and on Thursday
to check if the concerts breached the council's district plan