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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 11 Hansard (26 September) . . Page.. 3524 ..





Ms McRae - asked the Minister for the Environment., Land and Planning on 27 August 1996 -

(1) What is the government's policy on bill boards in the ACT.

(2) Who can erect them.

(3) What size of bill board are allowed to be built.

(4) What reasons are accepted as appropriate when permission is granted.

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

1. The Government's policy on signs, including bill boards, is set out in Part C3 `Signs Policy' of the Territory Plan. The objective of the Policies are to ensure that advertisements and signs do not compromise the function of the Territory as the setting of the national capital and seat of Government; are designed and located so as to complement and not dominate the natural modified and built environments; and do not diminish the existing or future amenity of the Territory.

2. The erection of signs is covered by the Buildings (Design and Siting) Act 1964 and, in respect of unleased Territory land, the Roads and Public Places Act 1937. All structures require design and siting approval unless they are temporary structures which are exempted from these provisions.

3. Part C3 of the Territory Plan states at paragraph 2.1 (m) that where signs are free standing they should not exceed a height of 6 metres nor a surface area of 6 square metres. Signs of a greater size may be permitted if it can be demonstrated that the sign remains consistent with the Plan objectives and is only a minor variation.

4. In deciding on particular applications, the Planning and Land Management Group has regard to whether or not the proposed structures comply with the objectives in Part C3 of the Plan.

It should be noted that temporary bill boards erected on leased land, for example on new land estates , are not subject to these provisions.

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