Local laws changes proposed

Council agrees to draft Local laws amendments for public consultation

Residents will have the chance to provide feedback on proposed amendments to 11 local laws, after Council today agreed to proceed with the proposed amended local laws.

Redland City Mayor, Karen Williams said the proposed changes followed requests from the community, with public consultation on the amended local laws expected early next year.

“After a thorough review, Council’s current local laws were all re-drafted based on the State Government’s set of Model Local Laws in July 2015.

“These proposed laws reflect feedback from residents following our major local law review in 2015 and are intended to be flexible and responsive to local requirements and keep pace with changing circumstances.

“The current suggestions for amendments and changes range from keeping an additional dog on acreage to the feeding of native birds.

“Some amendments like removal of RSPCA guidelines are simply administrative in nature and are removing obsolete provisions.

“Other amendments include proposals for managing shopping trolleys, fishing off bridges or culverts and changed parking designation.

Cr Williams said today’s decision meant Council would now proceed to prepare amendments for formal community engagement, with future public feedback to be considered in final decisions on the amended local laws.

“It is important that the community has their say on any of these changes before they are reconsidered by Council,” she said.

“Under the model local law process proposed changes for legal drafting, must be submitted for mandatory State interest checks and anti-competitive checks.

“The Local Law Making Process also requires that the proposed changes then be advertised and placed on public consultation for a minimum of 21 days.

“Council will then review all submissions received and advice on proposed changes before deciding whether to proceed to make, amend or reject the changes to local law.”

“I expect to see the final draft changes put up for public consultation as early as March next year.

“In the meantime, a table of the suggested amendments agreed for drafting will be placed on the local laws page of Council’s website.”