Eased camping regulations, the management of shopping trolleys and the banning of circus animals are among a raft of new local laws changes coming to Mitchell Shire from September 1, 2022.

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

The Community and Environment Local Law 2022 replaces the Local Law No 1 Community and Environment Local Law 2013. Under Victorian legislation the Local Law are required to be reviewed at least every 10 years.

Some of the changes include:

  • Camping: is 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
  • Circus animals: a person is not permitted to operate a circus that includes animals.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Bill Chisholm said the Local Law helped address issues to support community safety and wellbeing and to protect 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,” he said.

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