Local Laws review now out for comment

​Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Improved laws for dog exercise areas, provisions to deal with nuisance cats and conditions to allow vehicles to be sold on designated verges are just some of the Local Laws the City of Bunbury is calling upon the community to give feedback on.

Local Laws are laws made by Local Governments considered necessary for the good government of their districts. They can only be made when authorised by the Local Government Act 1995 (the Act) or other written laws but cannot be inconsistent with any State or federal law.

The types of laws made by local governments cover areas such as car parking, activities on thoroughfares, public places and council and committee meetings.

The City of Bunbury has reviewed its current Local Laws and will be looking to implement the following pending approval:

Penalty Unit Local Law

  • To reduce costs and time when existing Local Laws require updating
  • Provides a uniform application of costs towards infringements and penalties
  • Penalty units will appear in all new Local Laws

Parking Local Law

  • Updating definitions to match the Road Traffic Code
  • Added conditions to allow vehicles to be sold on verges in certain locations

Dog Local Law

  • Dog walkers required to carry a bag/container at all times
  • Dog restricted areas removed from Local Laws and will now be a decision of Council Improving laws for dog exercise areas

Cat Local Law (new Local Law)

  • Three or more cats will require application
  • Able to introduce cat prohibited areas (to limit damage to native fauna etc.)
  • Provisions to deal with nuisance cats
  • Cats must be registered and microchipped

These will be advertised for a minimum of 42 days and the community is encouraged to submit any feedback they may have.

Deputy Mayor Jaysen Miguel said the amendments would repeal the previous dog and parking laws which were last reviewed in 2002 however the cat Local Law was a new addition to the existing Local Laws.

“At the moment the City does not have a regulatory instrument to control the keeping of cats within the City of Bunbury, this Local Law will allow us to do just that,” Cr Miguel said.

“The effect of the proposed dog Local Law is to provide Council with controls and regulatory measures in relation to the impounding of dogs, requirements and limitations on the keeping of dogs, and the management of dogs in public places.

“While the proposed parking and parking facilities Local Law is to provide for the regulation, control and management of parking and standing of vehicles generally, and for the regulation, control and management of parking facilities.”

Once submissions have been received the draft Local Laws will come back to Council for final approval.

Copies of the proposed laws may be inspected by downloading them from the website or can also be viewed in person at the City of Bunbury Administration building, 4 Stephen Street.

Submissions on the proposed laws may be made addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, via either post or email to records@bunbury.wa.gov.au

Submissions are to be received by 5pm, Monday 22 October 2018.