Albany council tests potential noise levels from proposed Bakers Junction motocross track
The City of Albany has conducted sound level tests at a proposed new motocross track at Bakers Junction nature reserve to investigate the noise effect of a race meeting.
On the weekend, city officers with decibel meters recorded sounds made by two and four stroke engines from 13 dirt bikes at the proposed facility, 12 kilometres out of Albany.
The director of works and services, Matt Thompson, said the recordings would form part of a report that would be presented to council either in December or early in the new year.
Mr Thompson said the methodology and results of the noise testing would be made available to the public.
"Ultimately we've got to look objectively at the site and what impact it's going to have on the community," he said.
"So it's really just about knowing for our own purposes what can be heard and to get an understanding how that relates to the noise measurement plan."
Mr Thompson said some houses were within a kilometre of the track and the city needed to review the noise levels as part of the assessment process.
"The next thing really is what we need to evaluate what comes back through the public consultation to assess what people think about the site, what impact the noise might have on them and then we'll take a report back to council to their consideration as whether we move onwards or whether we look at other options," he said.