Have your say: draft Regulatory Strategy and draft Construction Noise Guideline

The EPA’s draft Regulatory Strategy and the draft Construction Noise Guideline are now open for public consultation.

Draft Regulatory Strategy

Public consultation on the draft Regulatory Strategy is open until 31 March 2021.

The strategy aims to improve environmental regulation now and for future generations by reflecting new and existing challenges in environmental regulation and the EPA’s broader role beyond environmental compliance.

EPA Chief Executive Tracy Mackey said the strategy explains “what you can expect from the us, why we regulate, how we do it and who we work with.”

“As part of our commitment to becoming a world class regulator we are seeking feedback on this draft strategy to help inform our regulatory approach, the work that we prioritise, how we engage with our stakeholders and how we can improve regulation.

“I encourage everybody who is interested in the work of the EPA and in the health of our environment to take the time to read the strategy and to provide some feedback.”

The strategy outlines the seven elements of the EPA’s regulatory approach which includes to listen, influence, enable, monitor, enforce, act and require, as well as the EPA’s objectives and commitments.

It also explores some of the environmental and regulatory challenges facing the EPA including protecting human health, degradation of our environment, ecologically sustainable development, reducing waste, climate change and environmental crime.

Draft Construction Noise Guideline

The draft Construction Noise Guideline for public consultation, improves and modernises the current Interim Construction Noise Guideline.

EPA Director Environmental Solutions Michael Hood said the draft guideline, which is now open for consultation, provides a robust framework for assessing and managing noise from major construction projects regulated by the EPA.

“This new guideline sets out clear expectations to hold the people in charge of construction projects to account for their environmental performance by ensuring that construction noise is assessed, planned and managed, to minimise noise impacts on the community,” Mr Hood said.

“This includes credible community engagement and transparent justification of proposed impact mitigation measures.”

Some of the key changes in the draft Construction Noise Guideline include:

  • emphasis on the need to engage with the community, to ensure that the community’s views are considered when planning how to manage construction noise impacts
  • improved guidance for managing noise from construction activities taking place outside the recommended standard hours of work
  • alignment of the level of assessment required with risk of noise impact
  • a simplified assessment path for routine activities undertaken by public authorities on public infrastructure through industry management procedures
  • increased emphasis on the need for proponents to justify the selection of noise mitigation measures to improve transparency.

When finalised, the Construction Noise Guideline is intended to replace the Interim Guidelines.

Have your say

Members of the community can:

The guideline will be used by EPA officers to guide their regulation of construction sites, and by public and private organisations who build and manage infrastructure to assist in planning construction activities in a manner that minimises noise impacts on the community.

Other noise management tools include: the NSW Road Noise Policy; the Rail Infrastructure Noise Guideline; the Noise Policy for Industry; and the Noise Guide for Local Government. For more information on these, and the draft Construction Noise Guideline visit www.epa.nsw.gov.au/noise.