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Draft Local Law No. 2

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Have Your Say: Local Law No 2 Golden Plains Shire Council

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Following a review of its current Local Law No. 2 General Public Amenity 2017, Golden Plains Shire Council has developed an updated draft Local Law No. 2 to replace it.

The main objective of Council’s Local Law No. 2 is to protect the amenity of the Shire, and the health and safety of the community. It regulates activities in seven areas:

  • People and Property;
  • Animals;
  • Disposal of Waste;
  • Matters Concerning General Activities on Roads and Roadsides;
  • Management of Parking;
  • Livestock on Roads; and
  • Standpipes.

At its June 2020 Ordinary Meeting, Council resolved to commence a review of the existing local law relating to public amenity. Council has now developed an updated draft Local Law No. 2 after conducting internal consultation within the organisation and with Councillors, and taking into account regular community feedback and complaints received over the past three years. You can read some of the complaint statistics from the last year here.

The Draft Local Law No. 2 proposes a number of amendments to make it less restrictive in some areas, while still balancing the disruption that some activities can cause neighbours and the community. The proposed amendments cover a wide range of behaviours and activities, including:

  • Motorbikes and Motorised Recreational Vehicles;
  • Unsightly Land;
  • Burning of Offensive Materials;
  • Keeping of Animals;
  • Shipping Containers; and
  • Camping on Privately Owned Vacant Land.

The Draft Local Law No. 2 also proposes a number of new clauses and/or offences, including:

  • Open Air Burning and Use of Incinerators;
  • Noxious Weeds and Pests;
  • Wastewater;
  • Disposal of Dead Livestock;
  • Waste Collection, including location of bins and amount of time bin placed out for collection;
  • Public Litter; and
  • Firewood Collection on Roadsides.

These and other proposed changes are set out in detail in the Community Impact Statement which you can read here

As part of the current consultation on the proposed Draft Local Law No. 2, Council has received a number of questions relating to the section on use of motorcycles on private land. Here are the facts:

Quick Facts on Motorcycles

As part of the current consultation on the proposed Draft Local Law No. 2, Council has received a number of questions relating to the section on use of motorcycles on private land. Here are the facts:

  • Like many Councils, Golden Plains Shire’s current Local Law No. 2 has a requirement for residents to have a permit to ride a motorcycle or motorised recreational vehicles on their property.
  • Council is reviewing this law and actually proposing to relax this regulation to allow residents, between the hours of 10am and 6pm, to ride motorbikes without a permit for:
  • One hour a day in Low Density and Township Zones
  • And two hours a day in Rural and Farming Zones
  • For residents who want to ride their motorbikes for longer periods, only one permit is needed for each property, with agreement from adjoining neighbours.
  • The existing permit fee per property of $115 covers Council’s administration and enforcement of the Local Law No. 2, including resolving complaints and neighbor disputes.
  • The Local Law exists to protect the amenity of the Shire, and the health and safety of the community and seeks to strike a balance so that all residents can enjoy their properties and rural lifestyle.
  • These requirements do not apply to the use of Motorised Recreational Vehicles whilst undertaking farming activities and primary production on land zoned Rural or Farming.
  • Council receives regular complaints about the use of motorbikes and motorised recreational vehicles on private land, the noise made, and the amount of time they are being used.
  • Council is pleased that residents are interested in the Local Law No. 2 and encourage everyone to have their say.

For more information on the use of motorcycles under the existing Local Law No. 2 and new proposed Local Law No. 2, click here.

Quick Facts on Animal Management

As part of the current consultation on the proposed Draft Local Law No. 2, Council has received a number of questions relating to the animal management section. Here are the facts:

  • Many Councils across the State have local laws regulating the number of animals that can be kept on private land. This is to ensure animal welfare and the amenity of all residents is protected.
  • Council's current Local Law No. 2 currently regulates the number of animals that can be kept on private land, with limits depending on property size.
  • The Draft Local Law No. 2 does not propose to make significant changes to the existing limits, except for properties between 4 to 6 hectares.
  • Some households may need to get a permit for animals on their properties for the first time, however, there will be others that will no longer require a permit should the Draft Local Law No. 2 in its current form be adopted. You can find the proposed limits by property size on pages 24 to 26 of the Draft Local Law No. 2.
  • Properties with a planning permit or existing use rights for animal breeding or training under the Golden Plains Planning Scheme would not require a Local Law permit.
  • For property owners who wish to keep more animals than described in the Local Law No. 2, they can request a permit from Council, subject to conditions. This is also included in the proposed Draft Local Law No. 2.

Engagement Update

Engagement Update: 

Public feedback closed at 11.59am, Tuesday 22 September, 2020. Thank you to everyone who shared their feedback with Council on the Draft Local Law No. 2.

How you can be involved

How You Can Be Involved: 

The Draft Local Law No. 2 General Public Amenity 2021 was out on public exhibition from 26 August to 22 September 2020.

Residents were able provide feedback online, by email or by mail to Council.

Residents were also able to request in their submission to be heard in support of their submission at a future date.

A copy of the Draft Local Law No. 2 General Public Amenity 2021 can be accessed here. The Community Impact Statement sets out the changes from the existing Local Law No.2 in an easier-to-read format, and can be downloaded here.

READ THE DRAFT LOCAL LAW NO. 2

READ THE COMMUNITY IMPACT STATEMENT

Submissions closed at 11.59am, Tuesday 22 September, 2020.

What Happens Next

What Happens Next: 

All submissions received by 11.59am, Tuesday 22 September, 2020, will be considered by Council. If required, a virtual Council Meeting to hear submitters will be held at a future date.

The final Local Law No. 2 General Public Amenity 2021 will be considered by Council for adoption in early 2021, and if adopted will replace Local Law No. 2 General Public Amenity 2017.

Timeline

23 June 2020: Council resolves to review existing Local Law No. 2

July/August 2020: Council review of existing Local Law No. 2

25 August 2020: Council approves Draft Local Law No. 2 to go out on public submission

26 August 2020: Public submissions on Draft Local Law No. 2 open

22 September 2020: Public submissions on Draft Local Law No. 2 close

Late 2020/early 2021: Council considers public submissions and potential Council Meeting to hear submissions.

Early 2021: Council adopts Final Local Law No. 2 General Amenity 2021

Contact Information

Matthew Sims
Coordinator Community Safety
5220 7277
Project Category: 
Community Safety
Last Updated: 
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Project Status: 
Updated Project
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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.