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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2487 ..


(10) How many resident complaints have been made about night-time roadworks each year since 2015 and what action has been taken with each incident.

(11) How many complaints have there been since the start of 2021 about trucks leaving roadwork sites in Mitchell and passing residential suburbs during the night.

(12) How many complaints have been made about trucks passing residential areas at night since the start of 2021.

Mr Steel: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The answer to Questions 1 and 2 varies continuously, as roadworks are completed and new roadworks are planned, ranging from reactive pothole repairs to planned pavement rehabilitation.

Requests for roadworks are continually received and undertaken in accordance with reactive and planned programs. The type and locations of works vary regularly.

(2) Refer to www.cityservices.act.gov.au for approved roadworks and road closures.

(3) The EPA Noise Environment Protection Policy states that the construction and maintenance of roads is central to the economic and social well-being of the community. The Regulation restricts the times at which roadworks can take place to limit noise nuisance while not unduly affecting traffic.

No time restrictions are placed on the construction and maintenance of major roads to enable work to take place during periods of low traffic flows. For roads other than major roads, the noise made during construction or maintenance may only exceed the noise standard between 7am and 8pm on Monday to Saturday and 8am and 8pm on Sunday and public holidays.

Officers will consider information such as the hierarchy of the road, traffic records, type and duration of the works to determine whether night-time works are appropriate.

(4) A specific noise level cannot be provided, as noise levels will vary depending upon the type of activities being undertaken and plant/machinery being used. For example, road surface patching and linemarking would generate low level noise, whilst full pavement rehabilitation work would generate higher noise levels.

(5) As noted above, a specific noise level cannot be provided as the noise generated depends on the type of vehicles and plant being used and the site conditions.

(6) Noise standards under the Environment Protection Act 1997 have been set to protect the acoustic environmental value, appropriate for the range of land zones designated under the Territory Plan. Noise standards are the maximum level of noise which may be emitted by an activity, as measured at the compliance point. They are set in Table 2.2 of Schedule 2 of the Regulation.

The EPA Noise Environment Protection Policy provides advice on what is, and what isn’t acceptable for differing circumstances. For instance, and as mentioned in (3) above, for road maintenance operations no time restrictions are placed on the construction and maintenance of major roads to enable work to take place during


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