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MEDIA RELEASE - Council adopts proposed local law

14 December 2017

Glenelg Shire residents will continue to enjoy the region’s great lifestyle following the adoption of the Proposed Local Law.

Councillors adopted the Proposed General Local Law 2018 at the December Ordinary Council Meeting, endorsing the document in its entirety which also includes the Draft Footpath Trading Policy and the Draft Itinerant Trading Policy.

The General Local Law protects the amenity and environment, control and keeping of animals, activities on roads and council land, protection of council assets and control of building sites.

Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the Proposed Local Law amendments were reflective of community views following extensive consultation.

““As part of the Proposed Local Law, cat owners will note that during 7pm and 7am their cats will be confined to their property to help ensure the safety of our neighbourhoods,” she said.

“We are also considering options of how to make our public spaces more enjoyable for all pet owners, such as Yarraman Park.

“There have been a number of concerns raised on the levels of safety at this popular recreation area and in order to ensure the park remains welcoming for all residents, we will explore the option to ban dogs visiting the area.

“But we will ensure that all pet owners have opportunities to access public spaces – as part of our Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2021 which was endorsed by council in October, we will scope possible locations for dog off leash parks within the shire.”

Cr Rank also thanked the many community members who provided valuable feedback during the comprehensive consultation process.

“This document has been developed by the community for the community and helps to ensure the shire maintains its status as one of the most liveable regional municipalities,” she said.

“Council staff members have been liaising with residents’ across the shire on the Proposed Local Law since August and during this time we have received many important contributions.

“I want to thank all those community members who took the time to submit their feedback on the new document. Your comments have helped to protect the amenity of our townships, the health and safety of our residents and allow for us all to enjoy the great lifestyle that we have here in the Glenelg Shire.”

The current local law was due to expire on March 2018.

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