Council's Local Laws

The Local Government Act 1995 enables Western Australian local governments to make local laws considered necessary for the good government of their districts. Laws can only be made when authorised by the Local Government Act 1995 or other written laws but cannot be inconsistent with any State or Federal law. The types of laws made by local governments cover areas such as car parking, activities on thoroughfares, public places and council and committee meetings.

Local laws are defined as subsidiary legislation which are capable of disallowance by either House of Parliament under section 42 of the Interpretation Act 1984. Disallowance is the device by which the Parliament maintains control of the power to make subsidiary legislation that it has delegated, by primary legislation (Acts of Parliament), to local governments, State Departments and other agencies of Government. In the case of local governments, this power is granted by the Local Government Act 1995 and other particular Acts such as the Health Act 1911 and the Dog Act 1976.

Other accountability mechanisms impacting on local laws are:

  • the local community, which under the Act is required to be consulted on proposed local laws;
  • the Minister for Local Government, who is charged with administering the Department of Local Government which monitors local law making;
  • the power of the Minister to request the Governor to make local laws that repeal or amend local laws or prevent certain local laws being made; and
  • the courts, which can pronounce on the validity of local laws.

 

PDF files are used on www.chittering.wa.gov.au for large documents and other resources. Where a document is not designed to be exclusively printed, an accessible alternative file (for example HTML, Rich Text) may be obtained by emailing chatter@chittering.wa.gov.au and request the publication by quoting the title of the document and your requested format.

  

Local laws must be reviewed every eight years to ensure they remain current and suitable for their intended purpose.

Any local laws open for public comment through formal submissions are listed below:

Shire of Chittering Bush Fires Repeal Local Law 2023

The purpose of the proposed local law is to repeal an obsolete local law.

The effect of the proposed local law is to ensure the obsolete local law will be revoked and abrogated.

 

Shire of Chittering Keeping and Control of Cats Local Law 2023

The purpose of the proposed local law is to provide for the management of cats throughout the Shire of Chittering.

The effect of the proposed local law is to promote responsible cat ownership and manage the control of cats within the Shire of Chittering.

 

Shire of Chittering Cemeteries Local Law 2023

The purpose of the proposed local law is to provide for the orderly management of the Bindoon Cemetery in accordance with established plans and to create offences for inappropriate behaviour within the cemetery grounds.

The effect of the proposed local law is to ensure compliance by all persons engaged in the administration of the cemetery, burying deceased in the cemeteries, or otherwise providing services to or making use of the cemeteries.

 

Shire of Chittering Dogs Local Law 2023

The purpose of the proposed local law is to make provisions about the impounding of dogs, to control the number of dogs that can be kept on premises and the manner of keeping those dogs and to prescribe areas in which dogs are prohibited and dog exercise areas.

The effect of the proposed local law is to extend the controls over dogs which exist under the Dog Act 1976.

 

Shire of Chittering Extractive Industries Local Law 2023

The purpose of the proposed local law is to prohibit the carrying on of an extractive industry unless by authority of a licence issued by the local government. To regulate the carrying on of the extractive industry in order to minimise damage to the environment, thoroughfares and other persons health and property. To provide for the restoration and reinstatement of any excavation site.

The effect of the proposed local law is to provide for the requirement that any person wanting to carry on an extractive industry will need to be licensed and will need to comply with the provisions of this local law.

 

Shire of Chittering Local Government Property and Public Places Local Law 2023

The purpose of the proposed local law is to provide for the regulation, control and management of activities and facilities on local government and public property within the district, including thoroughfares.

The effect of the proposed local law is to provide for the establishment of the requirements with which any persons using or being on local government property and public property within the district, must comply. Some property is set aside for particular uses, some activities are allowed only under a permit or under a determination, and others are restricted or prohibited.

 

Shire of Chittering Standing Orders Local Law 2023

The purpose of the proposed local law is to provide for the conduct of meetings of the Council, Committees and electors.

The effect of the proposed local law is to provide for better decision making. To provide for the orderly and efficient conduct of meetings. To provide for greater community participation and understanding of the business of the Council. To provide for more open and accountable local government.

 

Have Your Say

You are encouraged to examine the Proposed Local Laws and to lodge a written submission. Your submission should include:

  • Comments either supporting or opposing the proposals, or suggesting particular ways in which you believe that the Local Law should be modified
  • Reasons for your opinion, or other discussion to explain your comments
  • Your name and postal address, to enable the Shire to respond to your submission and to advise you of the final outcome of the process.

 

Submissions close at 4:30pm on Friday, February 24 2023.

 

Written submissions should be addressed to:

Acting Chief Executive Officer

Shire of Chittering

PO Box 70

BINDOON WA 6502

 

Or emailed to: ceo@chittering.wa.gov.au 

 

For more information or enquiries, please contact Acting Chief Executive Officer, Melinda Prinsloo by phone on (08) 9576 4600.