1. What matters do Local Laws relate to?

    Local Laws deal with a range of matters that impact the liveability of our communities including:

    •  Advertising devices and signs
    • Aerodromes
    • Animal keeping and control
    • Bathing reserves
    • Camping
    • Caravan parks
    • Carrying out work on roads (e.g. utility providers digging up Council roads)
    • Cemeteries
    • Community gardens and verge gardens
    • Commercial activities and businesses on public land
    • Council-controlled waters (e.g. canals and foreshores)
    • Dangerous recreational activities on public land (e.g. drones and golf)
    • Driveways
    • Fires and fire pits
    • Fireworks
    • Gatherings and alcohol on public land
    • Illegal dumping and littering
    • Landing and mooring
    • Local annoyances and hazards (e.g. overgrown allotments, noisy pool pumps, air and conditioners)
    • Outdoor dining
    • Parking, traffic and regulatory signs
    • Removing vegetation from public land
    • Roadside and itinerant vending
    • Share accommodation (including short stay accommodation)
    • Smoking in public places not regulated under State laws (e.g. parks and high streets)
    • Swimming pools
    • Temporary entertainment events (e.g. festivals and fetes)
    • Temporary homes (e.g. living in caravans or sheds on land while a permanent house is built on that land)
    • Vehicles on public land (e.g. dirtbikes).

    2. Why is Council changing the Local Law?

    Moreton Bay Regional Council is reviewing the local laws with the aim of ensuring the Moreton Bay Region continues to be a great place to live, work and play.

    The Local Law Review aims to:

    • enhance the relevance, effectiveness and currency of the laws
    • improve interpretation and understanding of the laws
    • ensure the laws are up to date with current legislative requirements
    • rationalise legislation governing issues where there are inconsistencies or duplication across statutes
    • streamline administrative processes and reduce red tape.

    3. By changing the Local Law is Council increasing the number of penalty notices issued to raise more revenue?

    No. We are reviewing the Local Law to reflect the needs and expectations of the Moreton Bay Region’s diverse communities.

    4. How will public comments be considered?

    Council is inviting community input before we start drafting of the revised laws. Your early input will inform the drafting process. Based on community feedback, consultation with experts in relevant fields and legislative requirements laws may be added, amended or repealed (revoked).

    Once the proposed laws are drafted, public feedback will again be invited. Following consideration of this feedback the laws will be further amended if needed. Where significant changes are needed further consultation will be undertaken before the proposed laws will be taken to Council for adoption.

    5. What if I disagree with the current Local Law?

    Now is the time to tell Council. It is important that Council hears from the community so that the Local Law can best be reviewed to meet the needs and expectations of the communities across our diverse region. Please participate in the public consultation periods that will be promoted on Council’s website and through other Council channels.

    6. How will I find out the outcomes from the public consultation?

    An early community and stakeholder input summary will be made available on Council’s website after the pre-drafting consultation period closes.

    A community submissions report will also be made available on Council’s website after the statutory consultation period on the proposed laws closes.

    Individuals who participate in consultation for the Local Law Review will not be identified in any reports that are made publicly available.

    7. What can Council make laws in relation to?

    The Local Government Act 2009 limit the powers of local governments to make certain local laws. Local governments cannot make local laws that contain provisions:

    • with penalties of more than 850 penalty units (currently $113,000)
    • that stop a local law being amended or repealed in the future
    • about a prohibited subject (i.e. network connections, specific types and distribution or placement of election advertising or development processes)
    • that are anti-competitive (unless the local government has complied with the prescribed procedure for review of the anti-competitive provision)
    • that are inconsistent with state law.