The Council is reviewing its Community Local Law and is asking the community for feedback on proposed amendments.
As part of the review, the Council has also become aware of a number of areas where people could be assisted with some simple explanatory information about policies for issues such as street trading, and resources will be developed to meet this need.
The Council appointed a Steering Committee to oversee the review of the Community Local Law which is designed to encourage a safe and orderly environment that allows members of the community to enjoy their lifestyle without having an undue harmful effect on others.
The proposed amendments resulting from the review cover such matters as parking in residential areas, nature strip maintenance, camping and caravans, and the use of Council litter bins.
“None of the amendments are controversial in themselves, but the review is necessary to ensure that the Council can enforce and administer the local law efficiently,” said Mayor Cr Justin King.
“While there are penalties in place for not complying with local laws, the Council would prefer to educate people so that they can comply in the first place. People are usually prepared to do that if they understand what is required of them and why,” he said.
“This is a good opportunity for members of the community to get a better understanding of some of the laws that we are all required to live by in order to preserve the quality of life for everyone.”
The proposed Local Law 2016 can be viewed at www.benalla.vic.gov.au or at the Customer Service Centre at 1 Bridge Street East, Benalla. Feedback should be submitted by 5pm on 9 November 2015.
People wishing to be heard by the Council on 2 December 2015 should indicate this on their submission. The Steering Committee will review submissions on 11 December 2015, and following a legal review the Local Law 2016 will be considered by the Council in February 2016.