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Draft policy provides framework to manage impact of noise

A framework to better manage the impact of noise on the Tasmanian community, the Draft Environment Protection Policy (Noise), has been released for public comment.

The framework addresses noise as an increasingly significant issue for the Tasmanian community and acknowledges that background noise levels are creeping up.

About 2,000 complaints about noise are lodged each year in the State.

Research shows that noise may pose a general public health risk and can be intrusive if not managed adequately.

A comprehensive policy will address these concerns.

The new policy is similar to those in place in other Australian states and will provide guidelines for noise management

It provides high-level guidance on managing noise from a variety of sources including the transport network, industry and urban neighbourhoods.

Tasmania already has policies for water quality and air quality and this draft policy on noise will fit well with Tasmania’s clean, green image.

Copies of the Draft Environment Protection Policy (Noise) and Impact Statement can be downloaded here or collected from Service Tasmania offices in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie.

The 10-week public comment period ends on 28 February 2007.

Written submissions should be sent t

        The Chair
        Environment Protection Policy Review Panel
        GPO Box 1691
        HOBART TAS 7001

or emailed to the Review Panel at: epprp@justice.tas.gov.au