Proposed Neighbourhood Amenity Local Law 2022
Local Laws help protect public health, safety and amenity throughout the municipality.
They are created in consultation with the community, to deal with local issues and meet local needs.
Ararat Rural City Council is proposing to make a Neighbourhood Amenity Local Law 2022, which will replace the current General Local Law 2012. Council is seeking community feedback on the proposed Local Law.
Purpose of the Local Law:
- protect community safety and neighbourhood amenity;
- protect public assets and infrastructure, and the built and natural environment;
- enhance the use, access and enjoyment of public places for the community’s benefit.
Have your say!
You are invited to make a submission on the proposed local law by Wednesday 20 April 2022, with your feedback to be considered by Council, in accordance with Council's Community Engagement Policy, in determining the Local Law.
Written submissions can be submitted via:
- Engage Ararat platform (via the submissions form to the right)
- Email: [email protected]
- Mail - Chief Executive Officer, Ararat Rural City Council, PO Box 246, Ararat 3377
- In person - Municipal Offices, 59 Vincent Street, Ararat 3377
Proposed changes to the Local Law:
The form that has been proposed seeks to collate related issues together, separate the legal requirements from the procedural steps and simplify the use of the document.
A comprehensive cross-check has also been done to ensure no content regularly relied upon has been lost.
With the adoption of the Local Government Act 2020 there is also a requirement to reduce the duplication between legislation so part of the current Local Law that are dealt with under other legislation has been removed.
Other changes are:
Clauses deleted from the document
Alternate legislative power
Clause 25 – Chimneys
Environmental Health under Public Health and Wellbeing Act
Clause 30 – Noise in a public place
Police under various legislative options
Clause 33 – Temporary Dwelling
Planning Scheme and Building Code of Australia cover
Clause 39 – Unleashed dogs
Domestic Animals Act
Clause 45 – Transportation of Waste
Environmental Protection Act
Clause 46 and 49 – Use of a Resource Recovery Centre and Scavenging at same
Environmental Protection Act
Clause 88 – Resident parking scheme
Local Government Act 2020
Clause 89 - Heavy vehicle parking in residential zones
Road Safety Road Rules 2017.
Another change has been to roll the controls currently set out for Green Hill Lake into the broader management of Council’s municipal reserves.
The table below shows the current components of these controls and where they exist in the proposed document. Whilst the Green Hill Lake reserve is a unique one in terms of the environment and recreational opportunities it presents, the management issues to preserve the amenity and environment are not themselves unique. The approach to apply the same rules to all reserves seeks to add clarity about what is permitted where, for how long and consistency.
Existing Clauses in relation to Green Hill Lake
New Clauses in Proposed Local Law
Clause 32 - Camping
Clause – Camping prohibited on Council land
Clause 51 - Behaviour in Municipal Places
Clause – Behaviour in Municipal Place - Prohibitions
Clause 52 – Control of Activities
Clause – Wholesale Review part 6 Council land (including Municipal Places, Parks and Council Buildings)
This change streamlines the management of all Council Reserves and provides consistency in relation to camping.
Clause 53 – Green Hill Lake
Clause 53(2) Green Hill Lake Reserve is a designated area where horses are permitted provided they are kept under effective control and cause no nuisance.
Clause 53(3) All provisions of the Marine Safety Act 2010 and its Regulations shall apply to the waters of Green Hill Lake.
Clause 21 – Shipping Containers
This will integrate shipping containers in with planning controls.
Clause 23 and 24 – Planting of Trees in Public Places
To respond to inappropriate planting on public land.
Clause 29 – Feeding of Birds on Private Property
Gives Council the ability to respond where this action creates a nuisance.
Clause 63 - Operation of Model Aircraft
This will cover model airplanes and drones on Council land.