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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 6 Hansard (23 May) . . Page.. 1716 ..

Suspension of Standing Orders

Motion (by Mr Humphries) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent notice No. 1, Assembly business, referring the issue of the protection of amenity rights of residents to the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment, being called on forthwith.

Inquiry into Protection of Amenity Rights of Residents

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General and Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning) (4.48): I move:

That the protection of amenity rights (such as sunlight and views) of residents from the impact of satellite dishes and cables which are associated with pay television be referred to the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment for inquiry and report by the last sitting day of 1996, with particular reference to:

(1) the adequacy of the existing amenity controls in ACT planning and building legislation which relate to the residents' access to views and sunlight, including consideration of:

(a) the residents' right to a view across a neighbour's property;

(b) the potential for more prescriptive controls;

(c) the feasibility of the implementation of such controls; and

(d) the potential of such controls to limit individual rights to develop property.

(2) the potential impact on the streetscape and residents' views of satellite dishes and cabling associated with pay television, including consideration of:

(a) the extent of the impact in the ACT; and

(b) controls being applied in other Australian States.

(3) recommendations for the development of related control parameters and associated assessment criteria.

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