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  • 15/06/2020 10:18 AM

    New Port Noise Policy for Sydney's Glebe Island and White Bay

    To address noise from ships and port operations, Port Authority of New South Wales has released a draft of a new Port Noise Policy for Sydney’s Glebe Island and White Bay for the community to have their say.

    Port Authority of NSW has today released a draft Port Noise Policy and Vessel Noise Operating protocol for Glebe Island and White Bay for the community to review and have their say.

    A first of its kind in Australia, the Policy aims to manage noise in a way that that is acceptable to the community, port users, and other stakeholders while recognising and optimising Glebe Island and White Bay’s ongoing, long-term status as a working port.

    Image: Glebe Island and White Bay — the last working port in Sydney Harbour


    The Port Noise Policy includes:

    • guidelines and explanations of noise triggers for individual ships visiting Glebe Island and White Bay, and consequences if the ship exceeds those triggers, explained in the draft Vessel Noise Operating Protocol

    • guidelines and explanations of precinct-wide landside noise criteria

    • a framework to guide future noise assessments and planning controls

    • a goal for gradual long-term reduction of ship noise while at berth.

    Managing community noise exposure
    There is an increasing demand in Sydney city for construction materials (including sand to make concrete) to service the NSW Government’s major infrastructure projects.

    To assist, Port Authority is building a multi-user facility at Glebe Island that will provide a low-impact and sustainable way to ship the materials. This will lead to an increase in shipping movements to the port.

    Read more about the status of the multi-user facility at

    Image: A concept design of a multi-user facility at Glebe Island

    Effectively managing community noise exposure and noise levels is key to the successful operation of the port of Glebe Island and White Bay. Once finalised, the Port Noise Policy aims to manage noise proactively, consistently and fairly across port operations in Glebe Island and White Bay.

    The community, port users and other stakeholders are invited to review the draft and have their say via emailing or calling 9296 4595 until 10 August 2020.

    Online information sessions to explain the policy and allow the community to ask questions will be held on:

    • Wednesday 22 July: 5pm to 6pm
    • Thursday 23 July: 12pm to 1pm

    Find out more about the Glebe Island and White Bay Port Noise Policy

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