Today (10 December 2009) the chair of the Standing Committee on Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services, tabled the Committee’s interim report into Live Community Events, looking at issues around the co-location of residential developments and live event venues.
The Committee noted that progressive inter-jurisdictional work is being undertaken through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on best practice approaches to developing legislative and regulatory environments which support live music and entertainment. The COAG working group Best Practice Guide was not available at the time the Committee was finalising its report. However, the Committee believes that the ACT’s current regulatory environment needs to be reviewed in light of the inter-jurisdictional work and therefore, considers that the inquiry into Live Community Events should be ongoing.
The Committee’s interim report made a number of recommendations including:
- the need to recognise the rights of existing live event venues by including Order of Occupancy considerations in the Liquor Act 1975;
- incorporating ‘reverse sensitivity’ as an overarching objective in the relevant Territory Plan Development and Precinct Codes;
- the need for more flexibility in the noise standards; and
- improving the sound attenuation of and access to community venues.
A copy of the report is available from the Legislative Assembly’s website via the following link:
Further information can be obtained from the Committee Chair, Ms Mary Porter MLA on 6205 0100 or the Committee Secretary, Ms Nicola Derigo on 2605 0435.