Campaspe Shire Council has endorsed a revised General Local Law which is now out for community comment.
Mayor, Cr Chrissy Weller said the local law aims to provide for the peace, order and good governance of a municipality, as required by the Local Government Act 2020.
“The General Local Law provides the legal and administrative framework for Council to ensure the smooth operation of a range of community activities,” Cr Weller said.
The range of what the Local Law covers is very extensive, with a summary being:
- Roads, public places and Council land – outlining what can occur, including busking, abandoned vehicles, trees on private property, signs, consumption of liquor, placement of bulk rubbish containers;
- The environment – capturing open air burning, caravans and camping on public and Council land, dangerous and unsightly land;
- Animals – the numbers of dogs and cats in residential areas, other animals permitted, livestock movements, animal nuisance, through to when pigeons can be exercised in residential areas;
- As well as the administration of the Local Law and enforcement.
“All of these areas have the potential to significantly impact the community. Seemingly small issues like roosters in a residential area for example, can have a major noise impact on a neighbourhood with crowing early each day and throughout the day. This Local Law states roosters are not permitted in residential areas, with only two permitted in rural living areas,” the Mayor added.
The General Local Law also contains a number of attachments, covering alcohol restriction zones, and a Code of Practice for building and works; livestock; trading; waste, recycling and garden organics.
The draft Local Law is available on Council’s website, in the “now open” section, with an easy online form to assist community feedback. Comments close on Friday, 18 February.