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Share your feedback and ideas during Local Law review

Published on 10 October 2017

Local Law Review

Yarra Ranges residents have until the end of the month to have their say about the current local laws, including burning off, overhanging vegetation and unsightly property during Council’s Local Laws Review.

Council has been asking the community to take part in an extensive consultation process as part of the review, asking for feedback about local laws and how they could be improved.

We promise we aren't after your guinea pigs, we are just after your feedback.

Provide feedback here

The review was triggered by the upcoming expiry of the Open Air Burning Law (2008).

Council will be consolidating its local laws, including the Open Air Burning Law, into one volume, so they can be reviewed at once.

The laws will not be required to be reviewed again until 2028.

So far, more than 140 residents have given feedback about the local laws, suggesting improvements and changes around topics such as burning off, animal control and abandoned vehicles.

Some comments received thus far suggested increasing burning off days to include Sundays in residential bushland areas, to accommodate for different households’ schedules, while others suggested ideas such as adapting animal permits to fit property size, or bringing in lifetime registration for animals.

Yarra Ranges Council Director of Corporate Services, Troy Edwards, encouraged residents to use this opportunity to have their say about local laws that impact them.

“Our local laws are designed to protect what you love about the Yarra Ranges – the look and feel of our neighbourhoods and our safe and healthy environment,” Mr Edwards said.

“The community consultation will help provide Council with an indication of what’s working well with the current local laws and what’s not.

“We would potentially simplify laws to make them more locally relevant, or do away with some of the laws if they are not found to be useful by the community or Council.”

Between 2013-2017, Council received 1,609 customer requests regarding burning off, including smoke nuisance issues, fire risk concerns and potential breaches.

In the same period of time, 1496 requests were made regarding unregistered vehicles, caravans or trailers on roadsides and nature strips, along with 965 animal related requests.

The top ten local laws requests made to Council over the 2013-17 period were:

  1. Burning off
  2. Abandoned vehicles
  3. Animal-related requests
  4. Businesses and permits
  5. Unsightly properties
  6. Nature strip landscaping
  7. Vegetation and overhanging trees
  8. Native vegetation on Council land
  9. Camping
  10. Obstructions on Council land


“Local laws affect a number of things in the community, from when you can burn off to where you can have roadside trading and how many animals you can keep before requiring a permit,” Mr Edwards said.


“They also work differently within different areas. What might be appropriate in a rural area may be a nuisance in the urban parts of the municipality.”


Following the consultation period closing, Council will develop a community impact statement, describing which laws are included in the next draft local laws document and why they are there.


The community will be able to comment on this document and the draft laws in February or March 2018, with the final laws to be formally adopted mid next year.


Council will approach any changes to its local laws within the State Government’s legal framework for reviewing, amending and making local laws.


The current feedback form will close at 5pm on Tuesday, 31 October.


For more information, or to leave your feedback, visit the Local Law consultation page.

Pop up sessions

Mayor's Big Day Out at Burrinja - Glenfern Road, Upwey - Saturday 7 October, 10am - 3pm

Seville shopping centre - Saturday 7 October, 10am - 1pm 

Healesville Walk - Sunday 8 October, 10am - 1pm

Belgrave Big Dreams Market - Sunday 8 October, 10am - 12.30pm

Upper Yarra Arts Centre at Warburton - Monday 9 October, 10am - 12pm

Belgrave - Burwood Highway- Tuesday 10 October, 10am - 12pm

Chirnside Shopping Centre - Wednesday 11 October, 10am - 1pm

Mooroolbark Coles - Thursday 12 October, 10am - 12pm

Mt Evelyn IGA - Friday 13 October, 2pm - 5pm

Yarra Glen IGA - Saturday 14 October, 9.30am - 11.30am

Yarra Junction arcade, Saturday 14 October, 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Monbulk  - 72 Main Road, Saturday 14 October, 9.30am - 11.30am

Healesville Coronation Park Market, Saturday 15 October 2017, 10am - 12.30pm

Lilydale Marketplace, Sunday 15 October, 10am - 1pm

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10 comment(s) so far...

Some of the zonings don't make a lot of sense we are on 1 ache and most places around us are the same or more and yet we are classed as urban. Also feel the animal laws don't make a lot of sense. A goose or a couple of ducks should not require a permit.

Robert | 28 August 2017 09:40 PM | Report to moderator

Many people in the Yarra Ranges have asthma. It affects 1 in 5 children. Burning off adds to air pollution and harms people's health, especially asthmatics. At times people are not careful and burn really inappropriate and toxic stuff. Please do not alter the burning off laws to allow more burning off than what we have now.

Penny | 30 August 2017 09:33 AM | Report to moderator

I agree that burning off needs to be restricted to organic matter. I respectfully disagree with the assertion that more burning days would cause greater problems, and believe that the contrary argument is perhaps more valid. I think restricting residential bushland properties to burning off on only a few days a week means that the smoke is worse on these days. The same amount of branches and leaves will be burnt no matter which days you can burn off. By concentrating the burning off to a limited number of days, you intensify the smoke on those particular days.

Sarah _S | 21 September 2017 08:33 AM | Report to moderator

Roosters should not be allowed on properties less than 5 acres. The constant and continuous crowing all day and night from a neighbors property, who constantly ignores the regulations of Local Laws by having and replacing Roosters and then lying about their existence is hard to bear. It affects one's physical and mental health. I make this recommendation to help others who are subjected to ongoing noise from Roosters. WE are on an acre of land, and the size does not protect us, hence the recommendation to parcels of land greater than 5 acres.

Jennifer | 31 August 2017 10:30 PM | Report to moderator

Parking of cars on naturestrips ......many cars are being parked on Montrose road, and nauture strips.....which obstructs the view of people reversing out of their driveways,unable to see cars travelling down the road. Also digging up the naturestrips making it look unsightly .....signs should be erected to stop any cars being parked along Montrose road at any time as it it dangerous and illegal to park opposite solid single lines on any road.

Geoff | 06 September 2017 01:14 PM | Report to moderator

The separation of Residential Bushland areas from Rural areas in the last burning off Local Law is ineffective. While the intent was noble, the practicality of having large blocks of over an acre declared RB and having to conform to limited burning off times to reduce fuel load, places those property owners at a disadvantage. Where there are large RB areas with under half an acre blocks, it would probably work if the RB area abuts an urban area, but not if the RB area is surrounded by rural, nobody has told any smoke generated that it cannot cross the line. It would seem logical to require RB areas to abut urban areas and not contain properties over half an acre.

John Anwin | 06 September 2017 03:24 PM | Report to moderator

That's all very well, but I live on a quarter acre block next to a three acre property - and the owner burns off right next to my bedroom and clothes line, every weekend he can. I've been complaining for years to the council, only to be told that there's no one available on a weekend to do anything about it. The last time a council officer actually came around, and it seems to have made a difference. He still doesn't obey the law (burns off using kero, has no water available, and doesn't bother sticking around).

AMC | 21 September 2017 04:56 PM | Report to moderator

I would hope that most people would take all reasonable precautions to minimize smoke and other nuisance to neighbors when open air burning, The situation you describe AMC, would seem to indicate that there maybe some "history" between you and your neighbor. However the situation does very well point out the inadequate and unrealistic expectation of using a property boundary fence as a suitable means of separating a RB area from a rural area.

John Anwin | 23 September 2017 09:09 AM | Report to moderator

Roosters should be allowed in residential areas subject to proper management. And subject to thete only being one on site. Roosters are required for fertilisation of eggs if you want to provide some sustainable, organic, low food miles food for yourself through making use of additional young roosters. They also help regulate the hens and give some protection to the flock from marauding foxes. My rooster has a 'collar' which restricts his crowing. He is placed in a large cupboard in my garage at night and is not let out until around 730 in the morning during the week and 830-9am on a weekend. He makes less noise during the day than the constantly barking neighbourhood dogs, who also bark at 1am 2am 3am 4am 5am and 6am when the uncontrolled foxes are around.

Claire Coutts | 21 September 2017 10:03 PM | Report to moderator

Regulation of burning off, neighbor regularly burns off on Sunday's. It is often green waste from his gardening business. Several times he I has left the fire burning and is not home, including leaving it burn overnight.

Heather Storen | 08 October 2017 11:43 AM | Report to moderator

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