Noise Pollution Law

Here is a factsheet about noise pollution law.

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Read this factsheet to understand your rights about the noise generated during the Summernats festival.

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Non-violent Direct Action

There are a number of offences that protesters using non-violent direct action must be aware of during the course of their protest in the state of New South Wales. This document will discuss offences that such action typically attracts as well as some information about your rights and responsibilities surrounding a police arrest and how the matter might be dealt with by a Magistrate in a NSW Local Court. 

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Summernats 2015 - Coping with Noise

Summernats will take place in Canberra from the 1st until the 4th of January 2015. If you need advice on how to cope with the festival's noise.

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Noise Pollution Law

Noise pollution in the ACT is regulated by the Environment Protection Act 1997. Regulations under the Act set specific noise pollution requirements. In addition there are three Environment Protection Policies covering noise generally as well as motor sport noise and concert noise. 

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Pollution Control Law

The Environment Protection Act 1997 is the Australian Capital Territory’s main legislation for managing pollution. It requires that certain activities be licensed and subject to environmental standards. In addition it places a general environmental duty on all individuals and businesses in the community to take steps to prevent or minimise pollution that their activities may cause. The Act and its regulations are enforced by the Environment Protection Authority. Pollution is also governed by the common law. 

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Heritage Protection Law

The ACT Heritage Act 2004 in conjunction with Commonwealth legislation, notably the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth), is intended to protect the ACT’s heritage places and objects for future generations – those places and objects valued by communities for their historic, spiritual, cultural, ecological or evolutionary characteristics.

The Heritage Act creates the ACT Heritage Register, the ACT Heritage Council and a set of processes for assessing and protecting significant heritage places and objects. 

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Tree Protection Law

Significant trees in the ACT urban environment are identified and protected through the Tree Protection Act 2005 . The Act creates an ACT Tree Register, a Tree Advisory Panel and measures to control damage to ‘protected’ trees. 

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Biodiversity and Domestic Animals

One of the most significant threats to urban biodiversity is domestic pets. 
The Domestic Animals Act 2000 (ACT) provides a number of mechanisms that place controls on the management of domestic animals, which in turn minimise negative impacts on biodiversity. A key measure in this regard is cat curfews in suburbs abutting nature reserves.

Biodiversity: Managing Pests

Biodiversity in the ACT is threatened by pest plants and animals. Invasive species impact adversely on natural resources and agricultural activities.

The Pest Plants and Animals Act 2005 (ACT) establishes a system for declaring and managing pest plants and animals

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