The Environment Protection Policy (Noise) 2009, also known as the Noise EPP, sets a strategic framework for noise management in Tasmania by focussing on objectives and principles for noise control, with human health as a value to be protected. It does not include implementation measures, which are dealt with through other instruments such as regulations and planning schemes.
The EPP was made under section 96K of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 and came into effect on 29 May 2009.
The environmental values to be protected under the Noise EPP are the qualities of the acoustic environment that are conducive to:
- the wellbeing of the community or a part of the community, including its social and economic amenity; or
- the wellbeing of an individual, including the individual's –
- health; and
- opportunity to work and study and to have sleep, relaxation and conversation without unreasonable interference from noise.
Provisions of the Noise EPP include:
- application, objectives, values and indicator levels;
- principles for implementation;
- transport infrastructure;
- commercial and industrial activities;
- domestic and miscellaneous activities; and
- measurement and monitoring.
Clause 15 of the Noise EPP requires that any measurement of noise carried out for the purposes of the EPP be made in accordance with the Noise Measurement Procedures Manual.
Public consultation on an initial Draft Noise EPP and impact statement was conducted in 2003. A large number of issues were raised during the consultation, and it was evident that a major revision would be required, including changes that would be fundamental in nature. The Minister consequently withdrew the Draft Policy in November 2004.
A revised Draft Noise EPP and Impact Statement was released for public consultation in December 2006. Submissions on the draft, and response comments from the Department, were used by the Environment Protection Policy Review Panel to review the draft policy. The EPP Review Panel presented a report and modified Policy to the Minister in October 2007. The Noise EPP was made in March 2009 and came into effect in May 2009.