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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 3133..


MINISTER FOR SPORT AND RECREATION

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY QUESTION

QUESTION NO 101

Noise Pollution - Motor Sport

Mr Moore asked the Minister for Sport and Recreation:

On 8 October 1995 The Canberra Times, in discussing the damage caused to nearby buildings and the potential for personal injuries by balls from golf being played on public land, you were quoted as saying that: "It's not a question of spoiling people's fun. It is a question of people having consideration of others and ensuring that the activity they enjoy doing doesn't interfere with others..."

(1) How, if at all, does the situation of people affected by noise pollution from that ACT's motor racing site near the NSW border differ in principle from the damage from balls hit by golfers playing on public land.

(2) In the light of your avowal that people pursuing sporting activities must "have consideration of others" and must ensure "that the activity they enjoy doing doesn't interfere with others" will you;

(a) abandon attempts to get more - and noisier - motor racing onto the tracks on the racing site near the NSW border;

(b) lend support to the recommendation from the Commissioner for the Environment, that motor racing observe both the letter and spirit of the noise law; and

(c) lend support to the urgent identification and development of a new motor racing site, noise from which will not break the law.

Mr Stefaniak - the answer to the Member's question is as follows:

(1) The Government believes that as a matter of principle every individual or organisation undertaking an activity should be conscious of the impact it has on other members of the community.

In regard to motor sport the ACT Government has legislation to control the level of noise that may effect nearby residents. That legislation is administered by the Office of the Environment.


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