From unsightly land to fire safety and animals, City of Whittlesea’s Local Law reflect the community’s views on how we want to show respect for one another, protect our people, local environment, and make living in the City of Whittlesea A Place For All.
Council have a legislative obligation under the Local Government Act 2020 to review our Local Law every 10 years to ensure it continues to meet the needs of the community and address any new or emerging issues.
The current Local Law is set to expire in December 2024. This means that it will no longer be valid or enforceable. As such, a new Local Law must be made and will be known as the Community Local Law 2024.
What is the Local Law Review?
Council is undertaking a review of the Local Law to ensure it is consistent with other legislation and manages current and/or emerging issues. The focus of this review will be on improving clarity, accountability, accessibility, transparency, safety and amenity. So you will have a say and understand your Local Law and love where you live.
The City of Whittlesea held an internal review and identified nine key issues. We want to understand the level of community support on these identified key issues. As this will be a new Local Law we also want to consult with you to understand any other ideas or issues of concern.
Key identified issues
1. Broaden definition of smoking
Definition of smoking to include vapes and e-cigarettes.
2. Recreational use of firepits
Allow the use of residential firepits for recreational purposes.
3. Naturestrip maintenance requirements
Increasing naturestrip maintenance requirements
4. Parking & storage of trailers, caravans & boats
Managing long-term parking and/or storage of trailers, caravans and boats on Council land.
5. Dumping of rubbish
Prevent dumping of hard rubbish and second hand goods on nature strips and public land.
6. Managing derelict and dilapidated buildings.
This idea would require owners/occupiers to ensure that a building does not become derelict or dilapidated.
7. Dumping of shopping trolleys
Require businesses which have trolleys available to be responsible for making sure they are not left on Council land or roads.
8. Strengthening dog attack laws
Seek to reduce dog attacks across the municipality.
9. Managing dogs on sporting grounds
We are exploring management options for dogs on sporting grounds.
Tell us your thoughts
This survey is now closed. Thank you for your feedback.
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