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Have your say — Local Law Review

Published on 04 May 2022
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We are currently reviewing our General Local Law and want to hear from you!

We want to know what's important to you, the safety and amenity of the streets and neighbourhood where you live, work, play or study.

Under the Local Government Act 2020, Council can create local laws to achieve its objectives and perform its functions.

A local law aims to:

  • provide for and assure equitable, orderly and enjoyable use of community facilities, including roads;
  • protect Council property and other community assets from loss or unnecessary or avoidable damage;
  • support a safe, clean and healthy environment in areas under its control and management; and
  • provide for the peace, order and good government of the municipality.

Councillor Mike Symon, Mayor of Maroondah, is looking forward to hearing the community’s feedback on Council’s Local Law.

“Local laws are designed to ensure that the actions of an individual or group do not have an adverse impact on the rest of the community.

“Your feedback will help us to ensure the new General Local Law is relevant and continues to meet the needs of our community now and into the future,” Cr Symon said.

Consultation closes Sunday 5 June.

Share your thoughts on the Local Law review

Have your say in-person

Come along and share your thoughts at one of our pop-up consultations between 10am and 1pm on the following days:

  • Wednesday 11 May – Civic Square, Croydon
  • Thursday 12 May – Realm, Ringwood Town Square, Ringwood
  • Wednesday 18 May – Croydon Main Street, Croydon
  • Wednesday 25 May – Railway Avenue, Ringwood East

These consultations are subject to change and may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Alternate dates will be arranged and published.

Why are local laws important?

Councils use local laws to respond to issues and community needs within a municipality. 

These local laws complement responsibilities and powers under both State and Federal laws.

Where appropriate, Council may introduce local laws, or by-laws, to exercise these powers. Local laws are often adopted to protect public health, public safety, accessibility and amenity in a municipality. 

Any local laws passed by Council are designed to ensure that the actions of an individual or group do not have an adverse impact on the rest of the community, and only apply within the municipality in which they are passed, though many councils share similar laws.

Sometimes, other agencies such as Victoria Police can be authorised to address activities nominated in the local law.

Local laws have a 10-year life unless revoked sooner or renewed to remain valid. This ensures that local laws remain current and suitable to the purpose for which they were originally made and to ensure it continues to meet the needs of our community and address any new or emerging issues.

Have your say

For more information on the General Local Law Review visit our Your Say Maroondah webpage, call 1300 88 22 33 or email maroondah@maroondah.vic.gov.au.

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