Local Law Review

Consultation closing on 07 November 2014

Action on overgrown nature strips

From 1 February 2015, Monash Council has the authority to issue fines to property owners who refuse to maintain the nature strip at the front of their property.

The nature strip measure is included in a new Local Law which covers many matters to do with improving and protecting the appearance and safety of local neighbourhoods.

Several residents have encouraged Council to introduce this local law as they feel that overgrown nature strips spoil the appearance of local streets.

About 67% of the approximately 300 Monash residents who participated in a recent survey (or gave feedback via letters, email or phone calls) supported the introduction of the $200 fine.

Fines will only be used as a last resort, when the grass is higher than 30cm and the property owners have ignored two previous Council requests to mow the nature strip. People who are not physically and financially able to maintain the nature strip won't be fined and will instead receive assistance to maintain the nature strip.

The measure is part of Local Law No.3 - Community Amenity, which came into effect on 1 February 2015.

Other Changes in Local Laws

Overhanging vegetation regulations

Council has also changed its requirements regarding overhanging vegetation. Property owners were previously required to ensure there was a three metre height clearance between any overhanging tree and the footpath.

On 1 February 2015, the required clearance was lowered to 2.5 metres. This is in keeping with common sense as 2.5 metres provides enough clearance to ensure people can travel safely down footpaths.

Measures to reduce number of abandoned shopping trolleys

Many residents have told Council that something needs to be done about the eyesore created by abandoned trolleys.

To reduce the number of abandoned trolleys in local streets, Council has introduced new requirements for supermarkets and other retailers. Supermarkets with more than 25 trolleys are required to have one of the following systems:

  • A system whereby customers are required to deposit a coin in a trolley (which is refunded when the trolley is returned), or
  • A perimeter constraint system that prevents trolleys from being taken a certain distance from a retail premises.

Fines of $200 can also be issued for any person who dumps a shopping trolley in a local street.

Summary of Community Feedback

To find out more about the feedback provided by the community about the changes, please see the report Council considered at its 30 September 2014 meeting.

Report: Local Law No.3 - Community Amenity and Desexing of Cats (PDF, 827KB)

Contact

For more information, please call Talana Cook, Coordinator - Local Laws, on 9518 3449.

Other Changes in Local Laws

Overhanging vegetation regulations

Council has also changed its requirements regarding overhanging vegetation. Property owners were previously required to ensure there was a three metre height clearance between any overhanging tree and the footpath.

On 1 February 2015, the required clearance was lowered to 2.5 metres. This is in keeping with common sense as 2.5 metres provides enough clearance to ensure people can travel safely down footpaths.

Measures to reduce number of abandoned shopping trolleys

Many residents have told Council that something needs to be done about the eyesore created by abandoned trolleys.

To reduce the number of abandoned trolleys in local streets, Council has introduced new requirements for supermarkets and other retailers. Supermarkets with more than 25 trolleys are required to have one of the following systems:

  • A system whereby customers are required to deposit a coin in a trolley (which is refunded when the trolley is returned), or
  • A perimeter constraint system that prevents trolleys from being taken a certain distance from a retail premises.

Fines of $200 can also be issued for any person who dumps a shopping trolley in a local street.

Summary of Community Feedback

To find out more about the feedback provided by the community about the changes, please see the report Council considered at its 30 September 2014 meeting.

Report: Local Law No.3 - Community Amenity and Desexing of Cats (PDF, 827KB)

Contact

For more information, please call Talana Cook, Coordinator - Local Laws, on 9518 3449.

Location

Civic Centre, 293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley 3150 View Map

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