New South Wales
As a homeowner living directly opposite the lighting facade, I really appreciate the opportunity to comment on this proposal. The proposed lighting modifications will have benefits for the school community and I would be willing to support if certain conditions are met/further information is provided for residents. My household already experiences significant disturbance from the existing internal lighting in the school, which switches off and on when the school is vacant during the evenings, as well as noise disturbance from alarms and ongoing construction projects at the site (such as roof upgrades over summer which we received no notification for). Further, when the LED lighting was first switched on at the school (again with no notification to residents), it was highly intrusive - making apartments unliveable due to the intensity of the light spillover into living areas.
I therefore require further conditions met to ensure that the lighting does not unduly impact our quality of life and property value before I can support these modifications. The planner listed as the contact, Lewis Demertzi, has not returned my calls to request clarification on these points.
The conditions required are:
1) Further testing of the 10% lux illumination levels with residents informed in advance when testing will take place. While it's reassuring that the modication documents state lighting will only be used at 10% capacity, residents were not informed when testing at different levels occurred. So we have not been given the opportunity to assess what 10% lux actually looks like from our living spaces, and we were not informed what level was used when lights were originally switched on.
2) Clarification on the actual limits (days, weeks etc.) on lighting use. The documents state lighting will be used up to 10 time a year for school and community events and occasions - what does this mean exactly? How long is an 'event'? Ten evenings a year is reasonable and supportable, but if events included multi-week activities (e.g. Vivid) where the lighting will be in use every evening over several weeks, then 10 events a year is excessive for residents. We would also appreciate a condition that lighting is not used during school holidays. Given one of the main reasons given for the modification is that lighting programming will be a curricular activity for students, there should be no need for this to occur during holidays.
3) That a pre-determined schedule of lighting use be provided to residents directly effected in advance (i.e. at the beginning of the year) with a list of the dates and times lighting will be switched on. And a contact provided for residents should lighting be used outside of the pre-arranged schedule or if illumination levels are turned up beyond 10%.