Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is currently revising the Environmental Noise Management Manual (ENMM) to reflect changes in road traffic assessment introduced in the Environmental Protection Authorities (EPA) Road Noise Policy (RNP). The RNP supersedes the EPA’s Environmental Criteria for Road Traffic Noise (ECRTN).
While the ENMM may still be used in the interim as a guide for implementing the RNP, confirmation should be sought from RMS technical experts that the application of the ENMM is consistent with the RNP.
The ENMM and pending revision details Roads and Maritime Services approach for managing noise and vibration impacts from road traffic, road construction and maintenance. The manual provides Roads and Maritime Services management response to road traffic noise criteria set by the State Government and other approved noise and vibration guidelines prepared by the Environment Protection Authority. In addition the manual complements Roads and Maritime Services Urban and Regional Design Practice Notes, in Beyond the Pavement (see Related links) and Noise Wall Design Guidelines.
Contained within the manual are principles, practice notes and model consultant briefs providing direction and guidance on managing Roads and Maritime Services noise impacts and influencing landuse planning decisions. The manual has been designed for implementation by Roads and Maritime Services staff, contractors and specialist consultants and is also available to local councils and the general public to encourage partnerships in resolving noise and vibration issues. Roads and Maritime Services has begun to review the manual as part of its commitment to continual improvement as such encourages feedback on the contents of the manual and its application. These can be directed to the Noise Policy Officer on (02) 8588 4375.