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Council has the general power to make by-laws for the good rule and government of the local area as well as the convenience, comfort and safety of its community.
Council by-laws cover a huge range of things such as pets, signage and waste. Standard by-laws cover the same general topics regulated by most councils.
For example, an important task of local government is to effectively manage activities being undertaken on public roads, streets and footpaths and regulate many activities that take place in our community reserves.
Council cannot make by-laws about anything and everything as the scope of Council’s by-law making powers is limited by the Local Government Act 1999.
Any by-law must also avoid any unreasonable duplication or overlap with other legislation.
Legislation requires that Local Government by-laws are renewed every seven years. The changes that have been proposed are mostly minor amendments that have been made to reflect feedback received from our community and elected members during the operation of the current By-Laws to enhance their clarity and ease of application.
Expiation fees are restricted by the Local Government Act 1999 to a maximum of 25% of the maximum penalty which is $1,250.
Once the Dogs by-law has been adopted, Council may resolve to amend the Dogs Off-Leash areas separately.