S T R A T E G Y
As our towns and cities continue to grow, so too
does the volume of traffic travelling on our roads.
While this traffic represents an essential part of
society's development and prosperity, it is also a
growing source of concern for the community.
This paper discusses many of the issues relating to
the impact of road traffic noise on the community.
Section 1 outlines the proposed Road Traffic Noise
Strategy, its scope, development and how you can
contribute. Section 2 contains information on the
effects, levels and sources of traffic noise, and
outlines the current programs that contribute to
reductions in road traffic noise in Victoria.
1.1 Scope and Purpose of this Paper
This background paper is the start of a process to
develop an integrated Road Traffic Noise Strategy
(the strategy) for Victoria. This background paper:
· explains what a road traffic noise strategy is;
· explains how the strategy will be developed,
including how you can contribute to the
· provides information about the effects, levels
and sources of road traffic noise in Victoria
(Section 2); and
· outlines current programs that address road
traffic noise issues (Section 2).
1.2 What is a Road Traffic Noise Strategy?
A road traffic noise strategy is a plan for managing
the noise from motor vehicles on the road network.
The strategy will guide the activity of government,
business and the community to achieve reductions
in road traffic noise over time.
Solutions to address road traffic noise are not often
found in a single program but rely on combinations
of programs. The strategy therefore needs a broad
range of tools for reducing the impact of road traffic
noise. An integrated traffic noise strategy will require
administration from a number of organisations to
implement the elements of the strategy over the
short, medium and long term.
The strategy will contain a range of tools such as:...