Redland council will tackle a long list of bylaws to do with dogs, cats, parking, shopping trolleys, rubbish in yards and fishing from bridges

REDLAND council has proposed to change a raft of bylaws that cover contentious issues including cat and dog registration and ownership, fishing from bridges and dumped shopping trollies.

PROBLEM PLACE: The Chart Street bridge at Aquatic Paradise where fishers go has been the scene of littering, vandalism and thefts.

PROBLEM PLACE: The Chart Street bridge at Aquatic Paradise where fishers go has been the scene of littering, vandalism and thefts.

Residents will have the chance to provide feedback on proposed amendments to a total of 11 bylaws.

Amendments include a proposal to allow up to four dogs on a property through a permit process.

These numbers would be allowed only under permit outside urban areas and on blocks larger than 6000 square metres.

It also is proposed to provide an exemption to allow cats not to wear a registration tag if  injury or illness is an issue.

A report said council had received multiple inquiries about the issue from cat owners when the tag did not fit on a cat’s small neck.

Council also will consider fining people who use shopping trolleys to take goods out of retail areas. The idea is to stop theft and dumping of trollies.

Victoria Point and Alexandra Hills shopping centres are the biggest problem areas.

Another amendment will allow council to seize goods, rubbish and vegetation when a property owner does not comply with directions to remove material.

Fishing from bridges will also likely be regulated. Council has 56 bridges although only a small number are used for fishing.

A trouble spot has been Chart Street at Aquatic Paradise, Birkdale, where residents have complained about litter, noise, vandalism and theft.

Regulated parking areas also will be amended, with nine new areas added.

Mayor Karen Williams said the proposed changes followed requests from the community, with public consultation on the amended laws expected early next year.

“After a thorough review, council’s current local laws were all re-drafted based on the state government’s set of model local laws in July 2015,” she said. 

“These proposed laws reflect feedback from residents following our major local law review in 2015 and are intended to be flexible and responsive to local requirements and keep pace with changing circumstances.

“The current suggestions for amendments and changes range from keeping an additional dog on acreage to the feeding of native birds.

“Some amendments like removal of RSPCA guidelines are simply administrative in nature and are removing obsolete provisions.”

Council would now prepare amendments for formal community engagement, with public feedback to be considered in final decisions on amended local laws.

“Proposed changes ... must be submitted for mandatory state interest checks and anti-competitive checks,” she said.

“...The proposed changes will then be advertised and placed on public consultation for a minimum of 21 days.”

The final draft is expected to be ready for consultation about March next year.

Suggested amendments will be on council's website.