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Local Law Amendments

Council is seeking submissions of feedback on proposed amendments to several current local laws.

Council has a number of model local laws and subordinate local laws in effect that allow the regulation of local matters such as vehicle parking, use of reserves and roads, cemeteries and animal management. These local laws were introduced in 2012 and have had only minor amendments since their ascent. 

Council has received a number of consistent and ongoing complaints in relation to local issues that either are disadvantageous to the good order and amenity of the Shire’s business community and residents, or for which there is no clear regulatory framework in effect. In particular, these issues include:

  • The extent of regulated parking areas in the Shire;
  • Smoke nuisance in a residential area;
  • The obligation to maintain a building or structure so as not to cause a safety hazard or visual blight for the community; and
  • Ensuring that appropriate connection to sewerage infrastructure occurs before temporary occupancy of structures (while in the process of constructing a home) occurs.

It is proposed that Council undertake an amendment process through the creation of an Amending Local Law and an Amending Subordinate Local Law to address these issues. The purpose and general effect of the Amending Local Law and Amending Subordinate Local Law is as follows:

Local Law/Subordinate Local Law Purpose General Effect

Local Law No. 3 (Community and Environmental Management) 2012

Download a copy of the existing law here.

To enhance public safety and amenity related to the upkeep and integrity of buildings and structures

Regulates the need for property owners to maintain their buildings and structures to a reasonable standard for the safety of the public.

Regulates the need for property owners to maintain their buildings and structures to a reasonable standard for the amenity to avoid visual blight from a public place.

Regulates the need for property owners to maintain their buildings and structures when affected by graffiti.

Download a copy of the proposed amendments here.

Subordinate Local Law No. 1.3 Establishment or Occupation of a Temporary Home 2012

Download a copy of the existing law here.

To ensure that a temporary home is connected to appropriate sewerage infrastructure.

Prohibits the disposal of sewage associated with a temporary home other than by means of connection to reticulated sewerage infrastructure or an approved and installed on-site sewerage disposal system (where reticulated sewerage infrastructure is not available).

Download a copy of the proposed amendments here.

Subordinate Local Law No. 3 (Community and Environmental Management 2012)

Download a copy of the existing law here.

To ensure the activity of creating a fire for personal use does not cause an unreasonable nuisance in a residential environment.

Prohibits the activity of creating fires for personal use in residential zoned land if carried out in such a way that creates nuisance to neighbours.

Download a copy of the proposed amendments here.

Subordinate Local Law No. 5 (Parking) 2012

Download a copy of the existing law here.

To clarify the extent of regulated parking within the Hinchinbrook Shire Council local government area.

To apply regulated parking to the whole of the Hinchinbrook Shire Council local government area.

Download a copy of the proposed amendments here.

Feedback on these proposed amendments is required by 5.00pm on Monday 28 February 2022 and must be in writing, including the person’s name, address and signature.

Submissions may be posted to PO Box 366 Ingham QLD 4850, delivered to Council’s Office at 25 Lannercost Street Ingham or emailed to council@hinchinbrook.qld.gov.au.

For further information please contact Council’s Regulatory Services Team on 4776 4600.

Tasman Turtle's Picnic Day

Tasman Turtle's Picnic Day

Tasman Turtle’s Picnic Day is a free family event that focuses on being environmentally friendly.

Date: Saturday 28 May 2022

Time: 9.00am - 2.00pm

Where: TYTO Parklands

Cost: Free

Further information click here

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