Local Law 3 – Community and Environmental Management

The purpose of the local law and subordinate local law is to protect the environment and public health, safety and amenity of the city. The local law complements existing State legislation dealing with pest management, public health and environmental protection.

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These local laws are also available for download from the State Government Local Laws database.

What the local law regulates

The local law provides for the elimination or reduction of risks and threats resulting from:

  • inadequate protection against animal or plant pests
  • vegetation overgrowth
  • visual pollution resulting from accumulation of objects and materials
  • lighting of fires and fire hazards
  • community safety hazards
  • noise that exceeds noise standards.

Prescribed activities regulated

Overgrown allotments and unsightly accumulation of objects and materials

Where vegetation overgrowth or accumulated objects/materials seriously affect visual amenity or are likely to attract or harbour reptiles, Council officers can direct people responsible for the property to take steps to remedy the situation under the law.

Fires and fire hazards

The laws place an obligation on people to ensure that fires not regulated under State law are managed in a way that prevents the escape of the fire or release of burning materials. Council officers will be able to direct people responsible for a property to take action to remove or reduce fire hazards.

Community safety hazards

Owners and occupiers must ensure that community safety hazards are adequately managed. Council officers will be able to direct people responsible for a property to take action to address community safety hazards, which include:

  • certain fences, for example the erection of barbed wire or electric fencing
  • objects that are likely to become airborne during high wind events, for example loose iron sheeting
  • a plant that is dangerous or attracts vermin
  • a dead animal likely to attract vermin or cause impacts on amenity.

Noise standards

The Environmental Protection Act 1994 provides default noise standards and gives Council the flexibility to vary noise standards to accommodate local needs. Council may prescribe a noise standard in the subordinate local law for the whole, or designated, parts of Redland City.