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City of Whittlesea local law under review

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CITY of Whittlesea is asking for feedback on the new community local law that is currently being reviewed to better reflect residents’ personal freedom and responsibility.

City of Whittlesea chief executive Craig Lloyd said the new local law was designed to reflect community needs on topics including the use of e-cigarettes, vapes, firepits, nature strips, and dumped rubbish to help live harmoniously in local areas.

“All councils have a local law that helps to keep our community safe, protect our natural environment, improve access and enjoyment of public places and respond to poor behaviour,” he said.

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“We are required to review our local law every 10 years to make sure it continues to meet the changing needs of our community.

“Community issues – from unsightly land to shopping trolleys and animals all have the potential to significantly impact our community’s daily lives so the updated new community local law will help council to resolve issues as they arise and give our community confidence these issues can be dealt with appropriately.”

Community consultation on the new law is underway with a program of pop-up events scheduled for February and March.

Following initial consultation last year, City of Whittlesea has identified nine focus areas to seek feedback, which Mr Lloyd highly encouraged people to do.

The new community local law will be written in plain English, with a draft of the proposed law released later this year for further consultation before it comes into effect from July 1, 2024.

to have their say.

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