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Local Laws

The Rural City of Wangaratta has four Local Laws, which are aimed at making the community safe and enjoyable for residents.

Both Police and Council enforce Local Laws. Please see below for information on the Local Laws in place in the Rural City of Wangaratta and to download each Local Law.


Local Law No 1 Community Amenity

The purpose of this Local Law is to provide for the peace order and good governance
within the municipal district of the Wangaratta Rural City Council by:
(1) regulating and controlling uses and activities on Council roads and land so that the Council is aware of uses or activities which may:
(a) interfere with the safety and convenience of people travelling on or using Council roads or land; and
(b) impede free and safe access for people, in particular those with sight and movement impairment or disabilities; and
(c) cause damage to Council and community assets; and
(d) create a danger or expose others to risk; and
(e) be detrimental to the amenity of the area or the enjoyment of facilities on roads or land.
(2) managing, regulating and controlling activities and uses on any land which:
(a) may be dangerous, cause a nuisance or be detrimental to the amenity of the area or the environment;
(b) is directed at maintaining a healthy and safe environment for residents and visitors;
(c) promotes community expectations and manages demands about the community’s
 desired lifestyle and the availability of goods and services provided to them;
(3) identifies activities and uses that are not permitted so as to achieve the purposes in sub-clauses (1) and (2); and
(4) provide for the administration of the Council’s powers and functions.


Local Law No 2 Governance and Meeting Conduct

The purpose of this Local Law is to—

(a) Provide for the election of the Mayor;

(b) Regulate the use of the common seal;

(c) Provide for the procedures governing the conduct of meetings;

(d) Establish the rules of behaviour for those participating in or present at meetings;

(e) Provide for the appointment of Councillors as members of committees established by the Council or as Council representatives to external committees and organisations; and

(f) Regulate the use of Council’s name and nomenclature


Local Law No 3 Murray to Mountains Rail Trail

The purpose of this Local Law is to:
(a) prohibit, regulate and control activities which may be dangerous or unsafe or detrimental to the enjoyment and use of the Rail Trail;
(b) prohibit, regulate and control access to, behaviour on and use of, the Rail Trail;and
(c) provide for the peace, order and good governance of the municipal district.


Local Law No 4 Major Council Policy Consultation

This local law creates an enshrined commitment to public consultation on Major Council Policy proposals and provide opportunities for affected people to be heard by Council and for their submissions to be taken into account in Council’s deliberations.

A Major Council Policy is one that sets out Council’s position on an issue or set of issues to guide decision-making and the exercise of power in respect of decisions that impact on the lives and wellbeing of residents, ratepayers, visitors and businesses.  Major Council Policies are likely to include policies regarding allocation of community resources, allocation of Council grant funding, management of Council risks as well as policies related to Councillors, Councillor Support arrangements, Committees of Council and Councillor Conduct.

The local law provides that:

•    non-compliance with the Local Law procedure will render a Major Council Policy legally ineffective
•    a Major Council Policy Impact Statement is prepared and published to assist with the consultation process
•    existing policies listed in Schedule 2 of the proposed Local Law will be deemed to be Major Council Policies
•    Council may consult individually with any person whose interests are likely to be materially affected
•    the provisions of the proposed Local Law do not apply if, by or under the Act or any other Act, Council must follow a specified form of consultation
•    every Major Council Policy must be accessible and available at the Council office during ordinary business hours and on Council’s internet website.


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