Adoption of Local Laws

Posted on: Tuesday, 2 May 2017 at 8:28:02 AM

The Council of the Shire of Merredin resolved on 21 March 2017 to adopt the following local laws:

  • Activities on Thoroughfares and Public Places and Trading Amendment Local Law 2017;
  • Bush Fire Brigades Amendment Local Law 2017;
  • Cemeteries Amendment Local Law 2017;
  • Fencing Amendment Local Law 2017;
  • Local Government Property Amendment Local Law 2017; and
  • Standing Orders Local Law 2017.

The purpose and effect of the local laws are as follows:

Activities on Thoroughfares and Public Places and Trading Amendment Local Law 2017

Purpose: To amend the local law relating to activities in thoroughfares and public places and trading.

Effect: Some activities are prohibited; some activities are permitted only under permit in thoroughfares and public places. The local law also enables a local government to require house numbering and the erection of fences in certain circumstances.

Bush Fire Brigades Amendment Local Law 2017

Purpose: To amend the provisions about the organisation, establishment, maintenance and equipment of bush fire brigades.

Effect: To align the existing local law with changes in law and operational practice.

Cemeteries Amendment Local Law 2017

Purpose: To amend the local law to provide for the orderly management of the public cemetery in the Shire of Merredin. 

Effect: To ensure compliance by all persons engaged in the administration of the cemetery, burying deceased in the cemetery, or otherwise providing services to or making use of the cemetery.

Fencing Amendment Local Law 2017

Purpose: To amend the local law to provide a sufficient fence for purposes of the Dividing Fences Act 1961 and to state the materials to be used and safety measures to be taken for some types of fencing.

Effect: Augments the compliance requirements of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1960 with respect to the erection and maintenance of fencing.

Local Government Property Amendment Local Law 2017

Purpose: To regulate the care, control and management of all property of the local government except thoroughfares.

Effect: To control the use of local government property. Some activities are permitted only under a permit or under a determination and some activities are restricted or prohibited. Offences are created for inappropriate behaviour in or on local government property.

Standing Orders Local Law 2017

Purpose: Is to provide the rules for the conduct of meetings of the Council, Committees and electors.

Effect: To result in:

  • the orderly and effective conduct of meetings;
  • greater community understanding of the meeting process;
  • better decision making by the Shire; and
  • better outcomes from decisions made.

A copy of the local laws may be inspected at or obtained via the website www.merredin.wa.gov.au or from the Shire of Merredin, corner King and Barrack Streets Merredin between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday.                                       

The local laws were gazetted in the Government Gazette on 26 April 2017 and will come into effect on 11 May 2017.

Greg Powell

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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