Car wash dispute continues

A local business owner has hit back after a petition against his car wash business was presented to the council.

The petition seeks to stop boat motor flushing at My Car Wash.

Co-business owner Stuart Hinds is concerned the petition is spreading incorrect information about his car wash.

Mr Hinds sent a letter to the editor to The Transcontinental to try and rectify some issues.

“The people responsible for this petition are seeking to stop the operation of the marine flush system in asserting that the owners have only recently fitted this equipment and that it is operating outside council regulations,” he said.

“The facts are, this marine flush system is not new.

“It has been operating since the first day the facility commenced trading, it was highlighted in all initial TV, radio and newspaper marketing campaigns and was discussed during all development application meetings.”

Kathryn Moyse and Ray Thompson have been circulating the petition concerned with the amount of noise the boat motor flushing causes.

“This [the flushing] has caused considerable distress and loss of enjoyment to neighbouring families due to excessive noise and unexpected hours of operation,” the petition says.

“The noise resulted in residents of the neighbourhood having detrimental health effects and inability to enjoy outdoors activities in the privacy of their own yards.”

Mr Hinds responded to the noise concerns by undertaking noise level tests conducted by the council.

“The big issue on this petition appears to be noise, on this point the EPA noise reading that was conducted on site in various positions and with various outboard motors showed that the noise was within the allowable range and in fact was less than the noise coming from the heavy vehicle traffic coming from the highway in front of our business,” he said.

The full petition is attached to the most recent council agenda while the full letter to the editor is available on our website at

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