Final draft of Nillumbik’s Local Law released for feedback

Published on 03 August 2022

This is photograph of a Council officer and a community member with a dog on a leash

Following an extensive 18-month review of Council’s local laws, our final draft Local Law is available for community feedback until 23 August.

The final draft, which was endorsed at last week’s Council meeting for public exhibition on Participate Nillumbik, is the third and final phase of an extensive community consultation program which began in 2021.

Mayor Frances Eyre said Council was required to review its local laws every 10 years.

“Local laws are designed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community while protecting our public places and spaces for everyone to enjoy,” Cr Eyre said.

“The regulations cover a wide variety of issues ranging from parking, animals and waste, to behaviour in public areas, noise, and fireworks, and affect everyone who lives or visits our Shire.

“Thanks to those who have provided feedback so far, which has helped inform our draft local law. We’re now checking back in with the community to make sure we have got this right.

“I encourage everyone to provide feedback on this Local Law, which will assist Council to manage issues within the community. Once endorsed, the Local Law can be in effect for up to 10 years.”

Council currently has three separate local laws including the Amenity Local Law, Infrastructure Assets Local Law and Prohibition of Fireworks Local Law. These laws have been streamlined into one new draft Nillumbik General Local Law.

  • Among the changes the new local law introduces:
  • A ban on smoking or vaping within 10 metres of council buildings
  • Restrictions on access to spray paint
  • Regulations for the keeping of bees and removal of wasps
  • Restrictions on feeding wild birds on private land
  • New regulations for the use of drones on Council land.

There are also stronger regulations for:

  • Barking dogs
  • Animal buildings, this includes dog kennels and any area that other animals are kept to ensure cleanliness
  • Hours of building work
  • Clothing recycling bins and the dumping of items near or around bins
  • Dumped shopping trolleys.

The draft also includes new local laws prohibiting domestic pets, including cats, dogs and domestic livestock, in the Bend of Islands area to protect its unique environment. These restrictions are not new, but previously regulated through the Nillumbik Planning Scheme only. The proposed Local Law follows consultation with the Bend of Islands community.

Two information sessions will be held where Council officers will be available to explain the proposed Local Law and answer questions:

  • Wednesday, 10 August, 10am-11.30am
    Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre
    Civic Drive, Greensborough

The final draft General Local Law is now available to read and provide comment on at Participate Nillumbik until 11.59pm, Tuesday 23 August.