Get ready to have your say on our local laws
  • Thursday 07 July 2011

Sunshine Coast Council is reviewing and streamlining its suite of local laws – the laws that govern topics such as parking, animal management, permits and bathing reserves

Council recently discussed the parameters of the review and the timeframe for community feedback on the new suite of local laws which will eventually replace the existing local laws for the region.

With three different sets of local laws currently operating in the former Noosa, Maroochy and Caloundra areas, the rules can differ across the Sunshine Coast Region.

The aim of the review is to achieve one functional, easy to understand, easy to enforce contemporary suite of local laws.

Council expects to launch a community engagement program during August and September 2011, which will give residents the chance to have a say on the draft local laws.

Corporate Planning and Performance Portfolio Councillor Tim Dwyer said it is important for anyone who wants to have a voice in this process to speak up.

"We will be actively engaging with the community, special interest groups and business in the region to ensure that the local laws represent community views," Cr Dwyer said.

"Feedback is important so that we can introduce a set of new local laws that address the issues relevant to communities across the region.

"If it is important to you to do things like keep chooks in your backyard, walk your dog in particular parks or operate model aircraft, then make sure you take a look at the draft local laws when they go on display – and have your say.

"Some of the other issues that I would expect the community will show an interest in include the removal of shopping trolley from shopping centre precincts, unsolicited newspapers and advertising material and parking permits."

To follow the progress of the draft local laws and to have your say, visit council’s website, Customer Service Centres or libraries.