Local laws are designed to secure community safety, protect property and help make neighbourhoods and living in the City of Whittlesea ‘A Place For All’.

Local law covers a range of diverse topics – from unsightly land, fire safety, animals, roadside reserves and footpath trading to planting on nature strips and building sites.

The laws help people understand their rights and responsibilities, and promote awareness and cooperation.

They also help the council be able to respond to issues and protect public and private space as well as the community’s health and safety.

The nine priority areas of focus that the City of Whittlesea is seeking feedback on are: smoking/e-cigarettes – smoking ban extension; firepits – allowing of firepits; nature strip maintenance; long-term parking and storage of trailers, caravans and boats; hard rubbish – dumping of rubbish; preventing derelict and dilapidated buildings; dumped shopping trolleys; strengthening dog attack laws; and managing dogs on sporting grounds.

People can have their say at www.engage.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/LocalLawReview.