Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 November 2017) . . Page.. 4918 ..
The response read as follows:
Dear Mr Duncan
Thank you for your letter of 1 August 2017 regarding petitions Nos 14-17 and 17-17 lodged by Ms Lee MLA on behalf of certain Australian Capital Territory residents.
I understand the petitions bring to the attention of the Assembly that billboards have been prohibited in the ACT since the early 20th century, a move which was designed to protect the new capital’s national significance and preserve its nature character and bush setting. The petitioners note that Canberra’s unique status as the “bush capital” is not threatened by a proposal to relax the regulations that prohibit fixed billboards in the ACT.
The petitioners therefore requested the Assembly maintain the prohibition on billboard advertising in the ACT, and properly enforce the current rules that regulate public advertising in the ACT, and properly enforce the current rules that regulate public advertising in the territory.
The Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Renewal (the Standing Committee) received 166 submissions on its Inquiry into Billboards - including an ACT government submission - and held hearings on the submissions during August and September 2017. The Standing Committee tabled its report on 26 October and the government will now carefully consider all of the recommendations made by the committee and will provide a response in due course.
Mr Gentleman presented the following paper:
Subordinate legislation (including explanatory statements unless otherwise stated)
Legislation Act, pursuant to section 64—
Civil Law (Wrongs) Act—Civil Law (Wrongs) Institute of Public Accountants Professional Standards Scheme 2017—Disallowable Instrument DI2017-254 (LR, 19 October 2017).
Environment Protection Act—Environment Protection (Fees) Determination 2017 (No 3)—Disallowable Instrument DI2017-252 (LR, 12 October 2017).
Road Transport (General) Act—Road Transport (General) Application of Road Transport Legislation Declaration 2017 (No 8)—Disallowable Instrument DI2017-253 (LR, 20 October 2017).
Reportable Conduct and Information Sharing Legislation Amendment Bill 2017
Mr Barr, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.