It's the Law! Draft Neighbourhood Rules for the Next 10 years: Have Your Say


Get ready to have your say on Brimbank’s draft General Local Law! You'll have four weeks from Tuesday 22 August to Have Your Say on everything from busking to footpath trading, overhanging branches to dilapidated properties.

Mayor of Brimbank, Cr John Hedditch said the community would have four weeks to make a submission on the proposed Local Law which includes regulations on everything from busking to footpath trading, overhanging branches to dilapidated properties. 

“This is a significant document which will have great influence on how the community enjoys local neighbourhoods, main streets and public places over the next 10 years – the shelf life of the document.

“The Local Law sets out enforceable rules specific to our neighbourhood and aims to keep our city - your neighbourhood - safe and at a standard we can all enjoy and be proud of,” Cr Hedditch said.

Brimbank’s current General Local Law came into effect on 1 January 2008 and will expire on 1 January 2018.

“We’ve already received invaluable feedback and ideas from the community through the initial consultation we undertook from April to June this year.

Great Feedback Helps Shape the New Laws

“The feedback we received through our initial consultation has prompted a number of proposed amendments which have been incorporated into the draft Local Law, including a new clause to regulate the use and maintenance of nature strips, and an amendment that would allow busking on Council land with a permit.

“Now it’s important the community takes the time to have a look at what’s being formally proposed and let us know what they think,” Cr Hedditch said.

The initial community consultation program involved six listening post sessions at local shopping centres and community members were also able to complete an online or written survey.

About 80 people participated in the face-to-face community consultations, and 78 people comp leted the online survey.

Have Your Say

Submissions on Brimbank’s draft Local Law can be made from Tuesday 22 August to Thursday 21 September 2017.

Anyone who makes a written submission can request to be heard in support of their submission by a Hearing of Submissions Committee at 6pm on 2 October 2017 in the Council Chamber, Brimbank Community and Civic Centre, 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine.

Council will consider the written submissions, including a summary of proceedings of any Hearing of Submissions Committee, and a final draft Local Law, at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 21 November 2017.

The Local Law will then be gazetted and commence operation on 1 January 2018.

A copy of the draft Local Law will be available to view at from 22 August. Printed copies can be viewed at Council customer service centres.