|Local Laws & Fire Prevention|
|Hindmarsh Shire Local Laws |
At its meeting on 23 June 2014, Hindmarsh Shire Council resolved to adopt Local Laws No 1 and 2 as detailed above and to give notice in accordance with the requirements of section 119 of the Local Government Act 1989.
The purpose and general purport of the proposed Meeting Procedure and Common Seal Local Law No. 1 is to:
1. provide a mechanism to facilitate the good government of the Council through its formal meeting procedure to ensure effective and efficient Council decisions are made in a manner which acknowledges the role of local government within the Australian system of Government;
2. promote and encourage community participation in the system of local government by providing mechanisms for the Council to ascertain the communityís views and expectations;
3. regulate and control the election of Mayor, any Deputy Mayor and the chairperson of any Special Committees;
4. regulate and control the procedures governing the conduct of meetings, including the notice required for meetings, and the keeping of minutes;
5. regulate and control the use of the Councilís common seal;
6. provide for the administration of the Councilís powers and functions; and
7. provide generally for the peace, order and good government of the municipal district.
The purpose and general purport of the proposed Municipal Local Law No. 2 is to:
1. regulate and control uses and activities of Council buildings, land and reserves, allowing for public enjoyment of Council places and protecting Council assets by providing minimum standards of behaviour and managing risks;
2. promote the health and wellbeing of the people living in the municipal district and to provide a safe and healthy environment that gives the residents of the Councilís municipal district the opportunity to enjoy a quality of life that meets the general expectations of the community;
3. prohibit, regulate and control activities that may be dangerous, unsafe, detrimental or undesirable to the quality of life in Councilís municipal district;
4. control nuisance caused by noise, odour and smoke emissions, and other discharges to the environment which may adversely affect enjoyment of life, health, safety and welfare of persons within Councilís municipal district;
5. regulate the keeping of animals within the municipal area and protect their welfare, including providing for the movement of livestock being driven, grazed or kept within the municipal area;
6. provide a system for applying for Permits where a Permit is required;
7. provide for the administration of the Council's powers and functions; and
8. provide generally for the peace, order and good government of the municipal district in a way which enhances the environment and quality of life.
Both Local Laws come into operation on 4 July 2014.
Copies of the proposed Local Laws can be inspected at the Council Offices, 92 Nelson Street, Nhill, or the Customer Service Centres in Dimboola, Jeparit or Rainbow. Copies are also available online using the below link, or can be obtained by emailing email@example.com.
Please click on the link below to read the Hindmarsh Local Laws:
Hindmarsh Local Law 2014
Hindmarsh Meeting Procedure and Common Seal Local Law 2014
Animal Registration and Important Information
State Legislation requires that a dog or cat aged 3 months or over must be microchipped and registered with your local Council, and must wear its Council allocated tag. Registration renewals are due by 10 April each year. By registering your pet you ensure that he or she can be quickly returned home.
The owner of a dog or cat who fails to register his/her animal may be liable for an on-the-spot fine for each unregistered animal of up to $244.
Pensioners are eligible to receive a 50% reduction in registration fees.
You need a Multiple Animal Permit if you have more than two dogs and/or two cats per residential household (or more than one in a flat or unit) you will require a special permit from Council. Forms are able to be downloaded by clicking the below link.
If your pet has lost or destroyed its registration tag, a new one can be purchased at any Shire office for $6.00.
Domestic Animal Management Plan
Under Section 68A of the Domestic Animals Act (1994), every Council in Victoria must prepare a Domestic Animal Management Plan every four years in consultation with the Secretary of the Department of Environmental and Primary Industries.
The purpose of the Domestic Animal Management Plan is to provide the Hindmarsh Shire Council with a strategic framework that delivers policy direction and action plans for animal management over the next four years.
Please click on the link below to read the Domestic Animal Management Plan
Hindmarsh Domestic Animal Management Plan
Please see the Forms and Permits page.