The noise created from flags can sometimes cause a disturbance to neighbours, particularly where the halyard and shackles are banging on metal poles on a windy night. The potential for noise can be reduced by tying the hoisting rope securely to the flag pole, covering up any shackles, metal buckles, dog clips or rings on the flag with tape, and checking the flag pole regularly.
If you are considering erecting a flagpole, an application for development approval may be required. Further information is available on the City’s webpage, Development (Planning) Application Requirements.
Information on the protocols for displaying and folding the Australian flag can be found in Part 2 of the booklet Australian flags, which is available from your Federal Member of Parliament or Senator.
Windchimes are often installed as some people find the sounds windchimes make as spiritual or soothing. However windchimes can also be a source of annoyance to neighbours.
To reduce any impact of noise, windchimes should be located as close to your own dwelling as possible. For properties that are on smaller block sizes, units or townhouses, windchimes should instead be placed inside the home near a window or door.
Should a flag or windchime be causing a noise disturbance, a complaint can be lodged using the online form Noise – make a noise complaint.