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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 7 Hansard (20 June) . . Page.. 2027..




Noise Pollution - Barton Highway

Ms Horodny - asked the Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning

What noise abatement measures have been instituted or will be instituted along the Barton Highway.

Mr Humphries - the answer to the member's question is as follows:

Noise measurements have been taken at the house in Kaleen which is considered to be most adversely effected by traffic noise from the Barton Highway. These measurements provided were within the planning guideline value. On this basis no immediate noise abatement works are proposed for properties adjacent to the Barton Highway.

It is expected that traffic on the Barton Highway will increase to an extent which will cause the planning guideline value to be exceeded at some time in the future. Noise levels are being monitored to allow noise abatement measures to be programmed for implementation at the appropriate time.

Draft Noise Management Guidelines, currently being circulated by the ACT Planning Authority for comment, propose that the threshold for noise levels be reduced, but this would only apply to new dwellings, not existing ones. These planning guidelines are consistent with other national and international guidelines.

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