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Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act

The Astronomy Geographic Advantage (AGA) Act of 2007 is legislation that gives the Minister of Science and Technology the power to protect areas, through regulations, that are of strategic national importance for astronomy and related scientific endeavours.

An area can only be protected after it has been declared as an Astronomy Advantage Area (AAA). The Minister must undertake an extensive and consultative public participation process with all interested and affected parties, recorded on a permanent data base.

Once the Minister has declared a AAA, detailed regulations that flesh out what is and isn’t allowed in the area, must also be published. The promulgation of these regulations must also follow an extensive public participation process.