More feedback sought on Redland Local Laws

Redlanders will get another say on the City’s new local laws, with proposed amendments to go out for a second round of community consultation.

Redland City Council on Wednesday (28 January) agreed to proceed to the next stage of adopting the laws by taking the proposed changes back to residents for comment for 21 days from 4 February.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council wanted to be sure that the community fully understood the changes.

“Council has already responded to residents’ feedback during the first round of consultation and amended some of the original recommendations to reflect community wishes,’’ Cr Williams said.

“For instance, in response to more than 120 submissions, a proposed increase in parking fines has been reduced while a law relating to the confining of dogs at night on acreages has been added back into the draft laws.’’

Among the key changes to again go to public consultation are:

• Parking infringement penalties – a smaller increase is proposed, with the fines to rise as a percentage of the current Queensland penalty unit of $113.85, meaning the existing $50 fine in the Redlands for overstaying the parking limit will rise to $79.70.

• Koala protection – koala management areas are proposed to be reinstated to the Local Law and Subordinate Local Law, requiring dog owners, if their property is 2000m2 or more, to tether or confine their dog between sunset and sunrise.

• Roadside memorials – It is proposed that Council develop a guideline to outline the issues which need to be considered when installing roadside memorials, such as safety, amenity and community consultation.

• Keeping of pigs – the previous draft law allowed the keeping of one desexed miniature pig on land greater than 4000m2. The new draft proposes to allow any type and number of pigs on land greater than 4000m2, provided relevant conditions are met, except in the Ridgewood Downs prohibition area.

• Animal noise nuisance – The time an animal may make noise before the noise is considered a nuisance is proposed to be changed to 3 minutes in any 30 minute period, at any time of day or night.  This is the same as the current requirements between 10pm to 7am; but is a change for the current day-time (7am to 10pm) requirement, which is a maximum of 6 minutes in any 60 minute period.

• Unsightly objects and materials – proposes that Council can enforce the clean-up of unsightly properties including boating related material in line with the city’s coastal location

• Defining urban area – amendments which stem from changes to the Fire and Emergency Service Act 1990 relating to where community safety hazards such as barbed wire and electric fencing can be installed.

• Lighting of fires – additional criteria is proposed to be added allowing fires on land of 6000m2 or more, while still allowing fires in the rural (non-urban) zone.

Council has also decided to propose two additional issues for public consideration:

• Horses in parks and reserves- Council seeks feedback on whether horses should be allowed in all Council parks and reserves on and off designated trail systems, unless specifically signed otherwise?

• Election signage – Council seeks feedback on whether the criteria regarding election signage “affecting the visual amenity of an area” is too subjective and therefore potentially ambiguous and difficult to enforce?

Cr Williams said the overwhelming majority of the City’s local laws would remain unchanged or undergo simple administrative amendments to correct legislative references and minor drafting errors.

“This next step in the process is to make sure everyone fully understands what is being changed as a result of feedback from the community and has an opportunity to comment on those changes before the laws are finalised,’’ Cr Williams said.


2 thoughts on “More feedback sought on Redland Local Laws

  1. Ian Larkman

    I would like the council to acknowledge that products like Hidden Fence be recognised as a fence.
    I have a small dog, a toy poodle, that is small enough to escape under or through fences due to her small size.
    I have installed Hidden Fence and she has not escaped since even when encouraged by the desire to chase birds or other dogs. Physical fences also have the problem of they have to have gates. Hidden Fence means I do not have a gate problem as she will not attempt to cross the boundary.
    In summary, Hidden Fence is a much better solution to dog containment than a physical fence so should be allowed.

  2. Kathy R. Clark

    Congratulations to the Council for reinstating or changing some of the laws related to larger properties.

    Most importantly common sense has prevailed and the local law relating to tethering or confining dogs overnight on properties over 2000m2 has been reinstated. However I believe that all dogs should be tethered or confined overnight on ALL properties no matter how small the property. Koalas do sometimes stray into quite small properties and the death or injury of even one koala needs to be prevented as their numbers have plummeted in the last few years in the Redlands.

    Commonsense has also prevailed with the lighting of fires allowed for properties 6000m2. However I note that there are some acreage properties just under this size (e.g. 5800m2). Fortunately mine is just over 6000m2. Also I do believe there needs to be a public education campaign to explain the benefits of leaving some dead trees and logs for wildlife, such as small mammals, lizards, birds and insects. The environmental value of acreage properties is drastically reduced if no cover is left for our wildlife.

    Another matter related to this is the need to leave areas of long grasses and shrubs around edges of waterways and parts of reserves further away from houses and tracks and between trees. These areas provide very important protection and food sources for wildlife particularly our small birds such as finches, fairy-wrens, scrub wrens and thornbills; insects such as butterflies, moths and dragonflies; as well as small mammals and reptiles.

    Finally I am concerned with two of the new draft proposals:
    -Horses in parks and reserves- I would certainly OBJECT to horses being allowed in all Council parks and reserves on and off designated trail systems, unless specifically signed otherwise. I am a bushwalker, birdwatcher and am part of the U3A Botany in the Bush group. We do not wish to have to share unexpectedly areas of parks and reserves with horseriders. The noise and smell from horses can disturb wildlife, including birds while their droppings are large and unpleasant on tracks while walking. As well horse manure carries seeds of weed species. Definitely NO!

    -to allow any type and number of pigs on land greater than 4000m2, provided relevant conditions are met. I certainly do not see why more than a few pigs(2 OR 3 adults at most) should be allowed on blocks less than 10000m2. I think that the noise and smell could be unleasant fo neighbours.

    Kathy Clark


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