A sharp drop in noise complaints from O-Week events at
Forsyth Barr Stadium this year was probably due to increased
public awareness of the events, council environmental health
co-ordinator Ros MacGill says.
There were in total six noise complaints this year, with
three from the toga party and three from the Macklemore gig.
The complaints came from the Dalmore, Pine Hill and Signal
Hill areas, Ms MacGill said.
This comes a year after 58 noise complaints were made to the
council about events at the stadium last O-Week. Asked why
there had been such a sharp decline, she said: ''I would say
it is due to the amount of publicity around the events and
also the flyers that the OUSA have posted.
''The planning department also sent letters to all the
complainants from last year informing them what was
happening, so that may have helped to.''
The amount of noise from both events was ''similar'' to those
held at the stadium during last O-Week.
''We did some noise readings and we will send them off to the
planning department for them to review and Otago University
Students' Association [OUSA] will have to apply for resource
consent again [for events during next O-Week],'' she said.
OUSA president Francisco Hernandez said getting fewer
complaints showed its communication efforts had worked.
''We are really pleased there were fewer complaints than last
year and want to thank Dunedin for being so understanding,''
Mr Hernandez said.
It also vindicated the council's decision to allow them to
run events to midnight and he hoped it boded well for OUSA
being able to hold ''big positive events'' in future.
Resource consents manager Alan Worthington said having fewer
complaints could help OUSA when it applied for resource
consents for events for next year's O-Week.
The number of complaints made from the two O-Week events were
comparable to the number made at other concerts held at the
stadium, including Elton John and the Winery Tour.