Proposed Local Law

Notice is given pursuant to Sections 119 and 223 of the Local Government Act 1989 (Act) that, at its ordinary council meeting on 23 June 2020, Swan Hill Rural City Council (Council) resolved to give notice of its intention, pursuant to Part 5 of the Act, to make the:

Swan Hill Rural City Council Community Local Law No. 2 2017 (Amendment) Local Law.

The purpose of the Swan Hill Rural City Council Community Local Law No. 2 2017 (Amendment) is to provide:

a) the peace, order and good governance of the municipal district;

b) a safe and healthy environment so that the community can enjoy a quality of life that meets its expectations;

c) the safe and equitable use and enjoyment of public and municipal places;

d) the protection and enhancement of the amenity and environment of the municipal district;

e) the fair and reasonable use and enjoyment of private land;

f) the uniform and fair application of this Local Law;

g) to prevent damage to Council property and infrastructure;

h) manage, regulate and control the keeping of animals and birds; and

i) regulate, prohibit and control the consumption of alcohol in designated areas within the municipal district.

The general purpose of the proposed Swan Hill Rural City Council Community Local Law No. 2 2017 (Amendment) is to make amendments to:

Clause 53 – Dangerous and unsightly land – page 32 of Local Law No. 2 (Amendment)

Proposed change to increase the height limit for grass and weeds for fire hazardous and unsightly properties.

Clause 55 – Open air burning – page 33 of Local Law No. 2 (Amendment)

Proposed changes include adding ‘industrial’ areas to the prohibited burning zone; include maps of fire restriction zones to make it clearer for residents, and the option for conditional burning permits to be issued for exceptional circumstances.

Clause 79 – Droving and moving of livestock – page 41 of Local Law No. 2 (Amendment)

Proposed changes to define the wording and to accurately reflect Council’s position on the droving or moving of livestock within the municipality. Droving livestock across the municipality will be prohibited, however moving livestock between paddocks, that are not adjoining, may be allowed with a permit. Livestock owners do not require a permit when moving livestock directly across the road or between adjoining farms.

Trading Code of Practice

Trading Code of Practice was reviewed to include legislative changes to the Tobacco Act 1987 for outdoor dining and drinking. The Trading Code of Practice formatting was also updated in line with Council’s style guide and to make it more reader friendly for businesses.

Key documents

Print copies of the Proposed Local Law No. 2 (Amendment) and the Community Impact Statement may be inspected at Council’s Business Centre at 45 Splatt Street, Swan Hill, Council’s Resource Centre at 72 Herbert Street, Robinvale during office hours.

Who’s listening


Heather Green

Heather Green

Director Development and Planning

Have your say

Any person affected by the proposed Local Law may make a written submission relating to the proposed Local Law (Amendment) under section 223 of the Act. Any submissions may be included in an agenda for a meeting of the Council that will be made available to the public.

Written submissions to be submitted to the Council under Section 223 of the Act must be received by Council by 5pm on Monday 3 August 2020. NOTE: NOT LESS THAN 28 DAYS AFTER DATE ON WHICH NOTICE IS PUBLISHED.

Submissions regarding the proposed Local Law (Amendment) may be submitted by:

  • Writing: letters should be marked ‘Community Local Law No.2 2017 (Amendment) Review Submission’ and sent to the Chief Executive Officer, PO Box 488, Swan Hill VIC 3585

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