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Published Monday 25 July 2022
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Council endorses new local law

Eased camping regulations and the management of shopping trolleys, noxious weeds and pest animals are among the changes coming to Mitchell Shire from 1 September 2022.

Following two rounds of extensive community consultation, Mitchell Shire Council endorsed the Community and Environment Local Law 2022 at its July meeting.

Mitchell Shire’s local laws help Council address local issues to ensure community safety and wellbeing and to protect our public spaces for everyone to enjoy.

The Community and Environment Local Law 2022 replaces the Local Law No 1 Community and Environment Local Law 2013.

Under State legislation the Local Law are required to be reviewed at least every 10 years. The new Local Law incorporates some changes to make it easier to understand and to help meet the changing needs of the community.

Some of the changes include:

  • Camping: in now allowed on residential land or land under .4 of a hectare without a permit for up to 28 days
  • Shopping Trolleys: if a business has more than 25 shopping trolleys, the trolleys will need to be fitted with a functioning coin deposit and release mechanism or other satisfactory locking mechanism
  • Noxious Weeds and Pest Animals: an owner or occupier is required to take all reasonable steps to control, reduce and manage regionally prohibited weeds, prevent the growth and spread of regionally controlled weeds on their land, and prevent the spread as far as possible of pest animals.
  • Circus Animals: a person is not permitted to operate a circus which includes animals

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm

“Mitchell Shire Council’s Local Law helps address local issues to support community safety and wellbeing and to protect our public spaces for everyone to enjoy."

“The Local Law affects every resident in one way or another, from behaviour in public places to impacts on our environment from unlawful behaviour."

“I’d like to thank the community for their input to help shape a Local Law that reflects the needs of our community.”

This page was last updated on 25 July 2022.