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Have your say on proposed local law

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Wednesday 1 July 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council is inviting the community to have a say on a draft General Local Law by making a submission or completing a survey.

It is proposed the single law will replace the existing Local Laws No. 2 to 6 and the Local Law Procedures Manual, which are due to expire in November 2020.

The draft General Local Law covers laws that relate to amenity on private property and in public places, animal and waste management, the protection of infrastructure and assets, permits, administration and enforcement.

“Local laws are a regulatory instrument used by local governments to regulate a broad range of issues to protect public health, safety and amenity in the community,” said Jess Howard, Director Infrastructure and Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“They are designed to complement our responsibilities under state and federal laws.

“We want to build a greater understanding and support for our local laws to increase quality of life and liveability in our shire,” she said.

Council has reviewed the local law to make it easier to understand, remove anomalies, and bring it into line with best practice guidelines and other legislation, where relevant. It has also been updated to address needs relating to shire’s urban-rural demographic.

Following a review and consultation with staff and councillors, Council is now inviting the community to have a say on the draft General Local Law. The main changes are summarised in a Community Impact Statement and a summary document outlining the changes to specific clauses.

Community members are invited to complete a simple survey or make a submission to provide their feedback on the proposed changes and what they would like to see included. Visit the Have your say section of Council’s website for a copy of the survey and key documents or pick up a copy from Civic Centre on Lyttleton Street in Castlemaine.

Please send your submission titled Local Law Review to Mr Jeffry Amy, Coordinator Community Safety and Amenity, Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine VIC 3450 or by email to info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au. Submissions close at 5.00pm on Friday 31 July 2020. If you would to be heard in person at a Council Meeting please request this in your submission.

Council will consider community submissions at a future Council Meeting, before it considers adopting the final General Local Law 2020 later this year. Once endorsed, the Local Law must be published in the Government Gazette before it comes into effect.

The Local Government Act 2020 provides Councils with the legislative basis for the operation of local laws, or by-laws to exercise powers in the shire. Local Law No. 1 Meeting Procedures 2018 is excluded from the current review process.
For more information contact Mr Jeffry Amy on (03) 5471 1764.

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