Council calls for community input on draft local law

Do you own pets? Have a shipping container in your yard? Camp on your land? If so, you need to know about Murrindindi Shire Council’s new draft Community Local Law.
Our Community Local Law sets out how we maintain peace, order and safety in our Shire. Still not convinced it applies to you? It governs a wide range of issues from what qualifies as an ‘unsightly property’ to what can go in public bins to the rules around putting up your garage sale sign.
It sets out the regulations around things as varied as heavy vehicle parking in residential areas through to where and when you can use recreational vehicles. It defines when you can burn off and how much noise you can reasonably make in residential backyards.
Mayor Leigh Dunscombe said Council recently reviewed its Community Local Law 2012 and endorsed a new draft Community Local Law 2019 at its Ordinary Meeting on 27 November. The draft Community Local Law 2019 will be on public exhibition until 31 January next year.
“There are quite a few proposed changes to a variety of laws. We’ve really tried to reduce red tape and remove unnecessary permits, so we’re really keen to hear from the community about whether they think we’ve got it right or not,” Cr Dunscombe said. “We’ve worked closely with other organisations – such as the Victoria Police, Country Fire Authority, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, State Emergency Services, Parks Victoria and the Environmental Protection Authority – to make sure Council’s laws align with what other agencies are doing.
“The goal of this Community Local Law is to make it easier for people to understand and manage their responsibilities to their neighbours, the wider community and the land,” Cr Dunscombe said.
“We understand that trawling through a 40-page document in search of the regulations that might affect them isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time, that’s why we’re inviting you to come along to one of our community consultation sessions, which will be held as follows:
– Alexandra Council Offices – Tuesday 10 December 2019 at 6pm – Yea Council Chambers – Thursday 12 December at 7pm – Marysville Information and Regional Arts Centre – Monday 20 January at 6pm – Kinglake Council Offices – Wednesday 22 January 2020 at 6pm
“If you can’t make it to one of the info sessions, I encourage you to check out the draft Community Local Law 2019 on our public comment page <> or at any of our Council office.
“We’d love to hear your thoughts on the draft Community Local Law 2019, so if you would like to provide Council with some input, you can make a submission by email to or post to PO Box 138, Alexandra VIC 3714 before 21 January 2020,” Cr Dunscombe said./Public Release. View in full here <> .
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