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City adopts new and amended local laws

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A new Community Local Law and an amended Administration Local Law No. 10 have both been adopted by the Greater Bendigo City Council and will come into effect on September 1, 2018.

City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said local laws must be reviewed regularly to ensure they remain relevant and reflect the current expectations of Council.

“Local laws are just one regulatory tool available to Local Government to help manage the safety, amenity, and protection of its assets and the environment specific to the municipality.  They can be reviewed at any time after they are made and expire after 10 years,” Cr O’Rourke said. 

 “When we undertake a review such as this we always aim to reduce red tape and ensure that our local laws remain relevant and reflect the contemporary expectations of the community and the Local Government sector.

“This latest review has resulted in an amendment to Local Law No 10 – Administration and the combining of Local Laws 3, 4 and 5 into a new Community Local Law. This is a great result, reducing the regulatory burden and simplifying the City’s Local Laws for the community.

“All submissions received following the exhibition of both local laws were considered by Council and a number of changes were made as a result.”

Key aspects of the local laws include:

  • Domestic waste – introduces the City’s Waste Services Code of Practice as a reference document to focus on education rather than enforcement
  • Open air burning – introduces controls for very large fires outside the fire danger period on land greater than 1 hectare (free permits will be required for fires over 4m long x 4m wide x 3m high – excluding fires for farming and primary production)
  • Sale of vehicles on roads – sale of “goods” has been added eg. trailers, horse floats, jet skis and caravans also cannot be sold on roadsides
  • Placement of waste skip bins – introduces the need for a permit to place waste skip bins on road reserves and nature strips
  • Occupancy of footpath or road reserve for works – introduces a permit process to occupy a footpath or road reserve for works where a building permit isn’t required
  • Third party advertising on footpaths and road reserves – updates permit controls on advertising and promotional activities
  • Designated smoke free zones – provides Council with the ability to designate an area or areas of the municipality a smoke-free zone
  • Activities in a public place – updates the list of prescribed activities in a public place that require a permit. The Commercial Fitness Operators Policy becomes a reference document
  • Activities in the Hargreaves Mall – Restrictions on dogs, bicycles, skateboards lifted. Dogs now permitted on a lead.
  • Removes all references to the control of motor vehicles in the Mall (vehicle movements can be managed using the Road Safety Road Rules)
  • Updated penalty units – changes to the maximum penalty units people can be fined in a court for disobeying the local law
  • Penalty Infringement Notice amounts increased for some offences under Local Law No. 2 - Keeping of Animals. 

 Copies of both the Community Local Law and Local Law No. 10 – Administration are available at the City’s office in Lyttleton Terrace and Heathcote or online at www.bendigo.vic.gov.au

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