Noakes group boatyard, McMahons Point

The EPA is responding to community complaints about Noakes boatyard at McMahons Point. We are monitoring activities and taking action to require Noakes to improve environmental outcomes for the community.


From 22 June 2021, the EPA is requiring Noakes to implement the measures identified in a noise pollution study they conducted earlier this year. Noakes are also required to conduct a study to evaluate the effectiveness of the new controls.

The new noise mitigation measures include staged upgrades to cladding, sealing roof vents, door seals, travel lift engine casing, ventilation ductwork and the use of a mobile acoustic tent or screening to mitigate any noisy works conducted in the direction of people’s houses.


We are continuing to conduct odour surveys and inspections in response to complaints about odour from the community in McMahons Point.

In July 2021, the EPA varied Noakes’ licence to require an Air Quality Risk Assessment so we might better understand the risk of air quality impacts from Noakes’ operations and whether existing pollution controls are sufficient.   

Who to contact

Both the EPA and Noakes encourage community members to raise concerns and complaints with Noakes in the first instance. This may ensure the quickest response. Noakes can be contacted on 9925 0306.

Alternatively, you can report environmental concerns or complaints about Noakes, and any other environmental incidents, to the EPA’s Environment Line on 131 555 or via email at 24/7.

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