11 July 2005

Air conditioners

In Manly, it is not necessary to get council approval to install an air-conditioner, so neighbours do not get a chance to object. If your neighbour wants to, they can put one right next to your house or in the garden. Anywhere they like! After they have, you can try to get council regulations or state laws enforced to control the use of them.

In Waverley, the Greens are trying to make these environmentally-damaging and noisy machines subject to council approval. This would give neighbours a chance to object before one is installed and add to the peace in neighbourhoods by avoiding conflicts. This proposal is described as “ahead of its time” and unlikely to pass. Only after every house has an air-conditioner, will this kind of approval process become law. Will our beach-side suburbs still be worth living in?

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