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As the city of Melbourne emerges out of lockdown, noise in the inner suburbs has been increasing dramatically with traffic resuming back to normal. Over the past 18 months, Melburnians have become used to quiet streets, short travel times, and an overall ‘sound-proofed’ life. This increased quietness has allowed people to achieve better sleep quality, relaxation, and enjoy ‘quarantining’ at home (for the most part).
Research shows that lockdown traffic would have been up to 70% less than it was pre-pandemic, meaning the total amount of noise from roads was significantly lower. Air traffic was also down by approximately 70%, meaning those who lived close to airports or under flight paths have enjoyed a quieter home for the past 18 months.
While most residents are enjoying their re-found freedoms, many still wish parts of lockdown such as the low noise levels and shorter commuting times remained.
While Australia’s known as the sunburnt country, it’s the bitter chill of winter that is the biggest threat to Australian families and their homes.
Let’s face it. The past 18 months have created a pervasive stigma about getting sick. All of a sudden, Sydneysiders have felt an internalised feeling of urgency to follow rules their mum told them, like making sure their clothes aren’t damp and that their hair isn’t wet before they go to bed.
As we head into the cold weather of June, we notice the importance of the little things. After all, the fun part of winter is all about appreciating these small creature comforts like a warm coffee on a freezing morning or the warmth of your heater at home after a long day out.