Bondi residents blow up over leaf blowers, demanding they be banned over noise

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A blow-up has erupted in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, with locked-down residents becoming increasingly angered by a common gardening tool.

Bondi locals are calling on the council to ban petrol-powered leaf blowers, arguing they’re too noisy and an environmental hazard.

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Local Margaret Merten said the sound is exacerbated and amplified during lockdown.

“They’re noisy, they’re polluting, a lot of people would argue that they don’t actually do very much,” she said.

Landscaper John Hayes turns on his leaf blower. Credit: 7NEWS

An action group called Bondi Beach Precinct, of which Merten is a co-convenor, presented a motion to the council calling on the banning of blowers and petrol-powered tools like whipper snippers.

It also said other mechanical garden tools shouldn’t be used until after 9am.

“I would say to the tradies, we don’t want you out of a job but if there’s an opportunity to start transitioning to something that’s more environmentally friendly and quieter, then why not?”

Landscaper John Hayes says he thinks the group is out of line.

An irate resident films a man using a leaf blower from across the road.
An irate resident films a man using a leaf blower from across the road. Credit: 7NEWS

“This is the tip of the iceberg of what I call educated idiots manipulating the system,” he said.

Waverley Council says it didn’t agree to the conditions laid out by the community group.

But it did say it would continue to hear them out and put more information regarding blower regulations on its website.

“I think I’d rather be banning councils, they seem to be an inept lot,” John added.

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