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Local laws review underway

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Wednesday 20 May 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council is undertaking a review of its local laws and will soon invite public submissions on a draft General Local Law.

Council’s existing Local Laws No. 2 to 6, and its Local Law Procedures Manual, will expire on 24 November 2020.

Council officers have started a review of the local laws and are preparing a single General Local Law to take effect when the existing laws lapse, once adopted.

Local Laws are a regulatory instrument used by local governments to manage a range of environmental and amenity issues in response to specific community needs. The local laws subject to review are:
• Local Law 2 – Roads and Council Land
• Local Law 3 – Environment
• Local Law 4 – Animals
• Local Law 5 – Trading
• Local Law 6 – Fundraising and Events
• Local Law Procedure Manual

“The Local Government Act 2020 provides the legislative basis for the construction and operation of local laws,” said Jess Howard, Director Infrastructure and Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“At the local level we have the opportunity to devise and implement laws that meet local needs that reflect our urban rural demographic.”

It is proposed to incorporate all laws currently contained in Local Laws No. 2-6 and the Local Law Procedure Manual into one new General Local Law 2020. Local Law No. 1 Meeting Procedures 2018 is excluded from this process.

Developing effective local laws requires consideration of the effectiveness of existing laws, any emerging issues not managed by an existing law, a framework to encourage or discourage certain actions or behaviours, and the setting of fees and infringements.

“Council will soon undertake a range of community and stakeholder engagement activities to ensure the review and amended laws reflect the needs of our community,” said Ms Howard.

At the Ordinary Meeting of Council last night, Council passed the motion to give notice under section 73 of the Local Government Act 2020 that it has prepared a new draft General Local Law, and that it commence public consultation.

Community consultation is expected to start in June. Councillors will then consider community submissions at a future Meeting of Council, before Council considers adopting the final General Local Law 2020 later this year.

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