Kalamunda Pistol Club

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1 March 2021: This consultation has now concluded, thank you to everyone who contributed.


The Kalamunda Pistol Club has been in its present location 155 Lawnbrook Road Walliston (behind the Walliston Transfer Station) since its establishment in 1972. In that time till the present day the club has never had a noise complaint.

The Club hosts the sport of target pistol shooting, and operates as a community-minded club focused on accounting for the growth and development of the sport of Pistol Shooting, providing a safe environment for it's members to partake in this sport.

The City of Kalamunda (the City) recently received a Noise Management Plan from the Kalamunda Pistol Club for review and approval. As part of the approval process under the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997, residences within 1km of the venue need to be given a reasonable opportunity to make a submission on whether the plan should be approved.


The purpose of the Noise Management Plan is to:

a) Define the actions that the Kalamunda Pistol Club will undertake to manage noise emissions to adjacent premises,

b) Communicate those actions and commitments to stakeholders,

c) Permit formal approval from the City of Kalamunda’s CEO.

The implementation of the Noise Management Plan means that Regulation 7 of the Noise Regulations does not apply to noise emitted during shooting conducted in accordance with the plan. This is in accordance with Regulation 16AB (9) of the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997.

Shooting generates a sound emission that very rapidly rises to a maximum and then declines very rapidly, typically by at least 15 dB(A) within 20 milliseconds. The very short duration of shooting noise means that acoustic parameters typically used to assess environmental noise emissions are not able to represent the noise emission well. Typically, the LASlow parameter has a response duration which reduces the measured maximum level in comparison to measurements with a faster response time, then portrays the emission as declining in level over a period of 2 – 3 seconds. The Department of Environment regulation review recognized the inadequacy of the standard method of noise measurement, resulting in the Division 4 section of the regulations relating to Shooting Noise. The regulations do not however, have a specific acoustic assessment criteria, instead, the local council have the ability to make an assessment of the proposal and may choose to approve a shooting Noise Management Plan, with ‘Ancillary Measures’ (conditions) considered as appropriate.

To assist the local council to understand the expected acoustic environment, an acoustic measurement of a typical ‘shoot’ involving the higher calibre pistols used at the Kalamunda Pistol Club, was carried out near the residential area to the western side of the pistol club. The potentially most affected receptors are the residences under construction on the southern side of Lawnbrook Road West, in the Conti Gardens development. Measured shooting noise at the verge of the nearest potential residential premises was shown to exceed the applicable Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997 ‘assigned level’ for Sundays. The exceedance would be minimal if it was not for the adjustment of +10 dB(A) to the measured level for ‘impulsive’ characteristic under the Regulations. Background noise at the same location was also measured, and on occasion the background noise level exceeded the shooting noise level.

Under the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997 it is assumed that some venues (such as shooting venues) will be unable to comply with specified noise levels. In these circumstances the venues may seek approval for a Noise Management Plan that aims to reduce impact on surrounding properties. Such Noise Management Plans are required to meet set criteria before approval can be granted. The Kalamunda Pistol Club has submitted their Noise Management Plan and supporting documentation for comment in accordance with the Regulations. These documents can be located in the documents tab.


Should you wish to make comment on the Plan a space has been provided for you below.

Alternatively you can email enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au or call at (08) 9257 9999 directly, referencing the Kalamunda Pistol Club Noise Management Plan application.

Thank you for your time and contribution.

Comments close 5pm, Monday 1 March 2021.

1 March 2021: This consultation has now concluded, thank you to everyone who contributed.


The Kalamunda Pistol Club has been in its present location 155 Lawnbrook Road Walliston (behind the Walliston Transfer Station) since its establishment in 1972. In that time till the present day the club has never had a noise complaint.

The Club hosts the sport of target pistol shooting, and operates as a community-minded club focused on accounting for the growth and development of the sport of Pistol Shooting, providing a safe environment for it's members to partake in this sport.

The City of Kalamunda (the City) recently received a Noise Management Plan from the Kalamunda Pistol Club for review and approval. As part of the approval process under the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997, residences within 1km of the venue need to be given a reasonable opportunity to make a submission on whether the plan should be approved.


The purpose of the Noise Management Plan is to:

a) Define the actions that the Kalamunda Pistol Club will undertake to manage noise emissions to adjacent premises,

b) Communicate those actions and commitments to stakeholders,

c) Permit formal approval from the City of Kalamunda’s CEO.

The implementation of the Noise Management Plan means that Regulation 7 of the Noise Regulations does not apply to noise emitted during shooting conducted in accordance with the plan. This is in accordance with Regulation 16AB (9) of the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997.

Shooting generates a sound emission that very rapidly rises to a maximum and then declines very rapidly, typically by at least 15 dB(A) within 20 milliseconds. The very short duration of shooting noise means that acoustic parameters typically used to assess environmental noise emissions are not able to represent the noise emission well. Typically, the LASlow parameter has a response duration which reduces the measured maximum level in comparison to measurements with a faster response time, then portrays the emission as declining in level over a period of 2 – 3 seconds. The Department of Environment regulation review recognized the inadequacy of the standard method of noise measurement, resulting in the Division 4 section of the regulations relating to Shooting Noise. The regulations do not however, have a specific acoustic assessment criteria, instead, the local council have the ability to make an assessment of the proposal and may choose to approve a shooting Noise Management Plan, with ‘Ancillary Measures’ (conditions) considered as appropriate.

To assist the local council to understand the expected acoustic environment, an acoustic measurement of a typical ‘shoot’ involving the higher calibre pistols used at the Kalamunda Pistol Club, was carried out near the residential area to the western side of the pistol club. The potentially most affected receptors are the residences under construction on the southern side of Lawnbrook Road West, in the Conti Gardens development. Measured shooting noise at the verge of the nearest potential residential premises was shown to exceed the applicable Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997 ‘assigned level’ for Sundays. The exceedance would be minimal if it was not for the adjustment of +10 dB(A) to the measured level for ‘impulsive’ characteristic under the Regulations. Background noise at the same location was also measured, and on occasion the background noise level exceeded the shooting noise level.

Under the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997 it is assumed that some venues (such as shooting venues) will be unable to comply with specified noise levels. In these circumstances the venues may seek approval for a Noise Management Plan that aims to reduce impact on surrounding properties. Such Noise Management Plans are required to meet set criteria before approval can be granted. The Kalamunda Pistol Club has submitted their Noise Management Plan and supporting documentation for comment in accordance with the Regulations. These documents can be located in the documents tab.


Should you wish to make comment on the Plan a space has been provided for you below.

Alternatively you can email enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au or call at (08) 9257 9999 directly, referencing the Kalamunda Pistol Club Noise Management Plan application.

Thank you for your time and contribution.

Comments close 5pm, Monday 1 March 2021.