I am pleased to announce a $50 million NSW Government program to help reduce noise along freight train lines being offered to residents in the Heathcote Electorate.

The Freight Noise Attenuation Program (FNAP) will provide noise reduction treatments to around 2,000 homes over the next ten years, initially involving properties in Jannali, Emu Plains, Faulconbridge, Koolewong, Tascott and Wombarra. Residents from other suburbs are invited to apply and will be assessed for eligibility and future inclusion in the program.

Noise reduction treatments of up to $30,000 per property will be available for eligible residents. Treatments will be applied to living and sleeping areas facing the rail line and may include new or upgraded windows and doors, enclosing or sealing gaps, vents and openings, and installation of ventilation systems to allow for circulation of fresh air.

This is great news for the local community and Wombarra home owners near freight lines. The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is the first government to provide relief to residents living near freight lines.

The NSW rail freight network is vital to our economy and reduces road congestion, and as its role grows we are committed to managing potential noise impacts on NSW communities.

I encourage those affected by freight rail noise to attend the FNAP session to learn more about what treatments may be available to them.

Coledale

Thursday 3 September 2015

5 pm to 8 pm

Coledale Community Hall, 745 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Coledale

The Freight Noise Attenuation Program is one of several noise reduction initiatives being delivered through Transport for NSW’s Strategic Noise Action Plan. The NSW Government is also working with freight operators to reduce noise at its source, including locomotive noise and wagon wheel squeal on tracks. The FNAP complements these efforts by focussing on homes most affected by freight rail noise.

To find out whether your home is eligible for noise treatments under the FNAP visit www.freight.transport.nsw.gov.au/FNAP.