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Three extraction fans on the outside of the Barrio building in Sunrise. (supplied)

Residents in the Sunrise area of Byron Bay have complained about noise from industrial machinery at the new Barrio Bar and Restaurant, saying it is diminishing their quality of life.

But owner Dan Wyllie told Echonetdaily that the builders would be back next week to try to sort out the problem.

The new development opened almost two weeks ago, and residents say three loud extraction fans start operating at 6am from Monday to Saturday, and can run as late as 11pm.

They say a six-unit cooling system runs 24 hours a day.

Resident David Dixon said the machines are located across the street from a residential area.

‘There’s no way the owners of Barrio would put up with this intrusive and incessant machine noise just metres from their bedroom windows,’ he said.

Another resident Susan Wise said the noise was significant.

‘The dull drone of industrial machinery is the first thing that fills my consciousness each morning – and it never stops,’ she said.

‘I now have ZERO hours of peaceful enjoyment in my own home environment. The health and well-being of residents should not be damaged by the introduction of a new commercial venture.’

They have called on the owners to modify the equipment so it is inaudible from nearby homes.

Mr Wyllie said he was aware of the complaints.

‘The builders are coming back next week. They were unavailable because of the holiday period but hopefully it will be sorted out soon.’

He said he understood the concerns of the residents but gave an assurance that the owners would do everything to modify the equipment.

Apart from the noise complaint, Mr Wyllie said the new development was ‘going great’.

Planning consultant Steve Connelly said the developers of the project take very seriously any changes of amenity for nearby residents.

‘It’s obviously a bad time of the year to get consultants on the case but we expect to be taking noise readings in the next day or two so that we’ve got expert advice to act on,’ he said.

‘In the meantime Barrio is doing their best to to minimise the noise by turning the fans off when they can.’

Mr Connelly said he would be happy to comment further once the advice of the noise consultants had been received.





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