Camping and temporary homes
Rising costs of living and the rental crisis mean that more and more people are finding themselves homeless. While it is an offence under the local law to camp in a public area, the new local law allows Council to provide exemptions on compassionate grounds.
Council frequently hears community concerns regarding hoon driving in neighbourhoods and streets across our municipality. While Victoria Police have several powers to address hooning behaviour once the event has occurred, the new local law goes further to stop these events before they occur by imposing penalties for spectators of these events.
Open Air Burning
Council’s new local law recognises the legitimate use of appliances such as bbqs and fire pits for cooking, warmth and cultural practice. In addition to allowing these activities to occur, the new local law introduced new requirements and penalties where these activities become a nuisance to others.
Protection of public assets
Unfortunately, many parks and infrastructure across the community are defaced and damaged. The new local law introduces new penalties for those who damage public assets.
Dumped shopping trolleys are unsightly and pose safety risks for pedestrians and users of Council footpaths, parks and reserves. The new local law introduces new requirements and penalties for retailers, requiring them to: Have their trade name clearly marked on trolleys – ensuring Council can take enforcement action. Have coin-operated or perimeter constraint systems. Ensure trolleys are securely contained outside business hours.
Smoke free environments
Smoking causes significant health harms to smokers, as well as others through secondhand smoke exposure. While the Victorian Tobacco Act prohibits smoking within and surrounding some areas, new clauses have been included in the local law to allow Council to introduce smoke-free zones in other areas.
Unsightly and Dangerous Properties
An owner or occupier of private property must ensure that their property does not provide a danger to the health of another person, animal or property. Our new local laws now include increased penalties for individuals that consistency let their properties become dirty, overgrown and unclean.