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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 1 Hansard (22 February) . . Page.. 246 ..




Noise Pollution - Motor Sport

Mr Moore - asked the Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning -

(1) How, if at all, does the situation of people affected by noise pollution from the ACT's motor racing site near the NSW border differ in principle from the situation of residents affected by chemical pollution on the sites of former sheep dips.

(2) Will you give the NSW residents long affected by motor racing noise the same "reassurance" that their pollution problem will be "fixed up," and the same undertaking that "they'll be provided with compensation for any long term damage they've suffered?" (WIN TV 20 September 1995).

(3) In the case of the sheep-dip problem the actual pollution source was removed as the first step towards solving the whole problem. What is the Government planning to do in the case of the racing noise problem.

(4) If the Government still has thoughts of removing racing from the site, do you acknowledge that five years (as recommended by the Commissioner for the Environment) is an unacceptably long period for phasing out the activity, given that the problem has been occurring at a serious level for eight years already.

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

(1) In the case of chemical pollution on former sheep dip sites, action is taken where the contamination levels are found to be in excess of recognised health investigation levels; that is, a level of potential hazard to human health that warrants investigation.

In the case of noise from the ACT's motor sports site near the NSW border, the levels to which NSW residents are exposed are substantially below the occupational health and safety standards recommended by Worksafe Australia based on work by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

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