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MEDIA RELEASE - Proposed General Local Law Out For Public Comment

26 October 2017

Glenelg Shire Council has resolved its intention to create a new General Local Law 2018 at Tuesday night’s Ordinary Council Meeting as the current local law is set to expire in March 2018.

The Local Law broadly covers areas to protect the amenity and environment, control and keeping of animals, activities on roads and Council land, protection of Council assets and control of building sites.

Glenelg Shire Council manager compliance and corporate information Scott Millard said changes that were included in the draft Local Law, prior to the consideration of community feedback, included provisions to control the use of motorised recreation vehicles.

“This included motor bike use on private land, and an amendment to clarify the requirement for a permit to camp or occupy a caravan on private land for 30 days in total over a six month period,” Mr Millard said.

“Proposed changes include the requirement for people in control of dogs to clean up after their pet in a public place and that dogs must be able to be brought under effective control.”

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the proposed new Local Law will protect the amenity of the municipality and the health and safety of the community and allows for all to enjoy the great lifestyle that we have in Glenelg.

“We want people to have fair use and enjoyment of private and public land however we need controls to ensure that people are not unfairly impacted by the unreasonable actions of others,” Cr Rank said.

Council sought community input on a draft proposed Local Law in August this year.

Cr Rank said Council had considered the feedback received and had made changes including a cat curfew between 7.00pm and 7.00am the following day and the requirement for people in control of dogs in a public place to have a bag in possession to clean up after their dog.

“There are no proposed changes to the designated areas for open air burning and the keeping of animals.

“Changes to the proposed Local Law have been made to clear up any confusion that a person outside the designated area may have a maximum combined total of six cats and dogs without a permit.”

Council urges any person affected by the proposed Local Law to make a submission to Council on or before Thursday 30 November 2017.

A copy of the proposed Local Law and associated documents can be obtained at a Glenelg Shire Council Customer Service Centre or viewed online at yoursay.glenelg.vic.gov.au.


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