Page 2003 - Week 06 - Friday, 6 May 2005

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

(1) Yes. Complaints were received by the ACT Planning and Land Authority (the Authority) and the Office of Arts Heritage and Environment. The complaints relate to unapproved structures and an allegation that an unapproved Home Business was operating from the premises without approval.

In relation to the unapproved structures an assessment officer from the Authority visited the site on 23 April 2004 and 1 June 2004. As a consequence all previously unapproved structures have now been approved.

Following further complaints in early August, Compliance officers canvassed the immediate neighbourhood. None of the neighbours canvassed reported any significant ongoing concerns with the activities being undertaken in relation to a Home Business.

On 18 March 2005 Compliance Inspectors made an unannounced visit to investigate the complaint and found no indication of a Home Business.

On 9 March 2004 and again on 4 May 2004 officers from the Compliance Unit advised the complainant that complaints relating to noise are the responsibility of Environment ACT now the Office of Arts Heritage Environment. Officers from the Office of Arts Heritage Environment have attended the site on several occasions but have not recorded noise levels that were above those permitted by legislation. Officers from the Office of Arts Heritage Environment have advised the complainant to contact their office if there are further noise problems.

As of 5 April 2005 there is no record of the complainant making any further contact with the Office of Arts Heritage Environment.

(2) No.

(3) No. Activities of the nature alleged would not be permitted in a residential area. However, as stated at Question one above, the activities described in Question three are not in evidence.

(4) Yes. However, as mentioned above in the answer to question one neither the Authority nor the Office of Arts Heritage Environment, despite several site visits, have been able to substantiate that Team Subaru is undertaking the activities alleged by the complainant.

(5) The Authority and the Office of Arts Heritage Environment respond to complaints and concerns regarding residential amenity as and when they arise. If further complaints are received and can be confirmed, the appropriate action will be taken to obtain their cessation.

Roads—Hindmarsh Drive
(Question No 312)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 16 March 2005:

In relation to previous road works at the intersection of Hindmarsh Drive and Melrose Drive in Phillip, when will directional arrows be laid down on the road surface at this intersection, especially for traffic moving along Hindmarsh Drive in the direction of Weston Creek

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