Redland City Council's draft local laws cover parking, shopping trolleys, pets and shipping containers

FINES for taking trolleys from shops, regulations for shipping containers on land, a four-dog permit and changes in criteria for native bird feeding are included in draft local law amendments.

New regulated off-street parking areas on North Stradbroke Island, Macleay Island, Weinam Creek, Redland Bay, Victoria Point, Wellington Point and Capalaba will also be provided.

Put before council last week, the amendments are up for public comment from May 23.

With regard to the four-dog permit, the local laws would enable residents to apply to keep four dogs if their property was 4000 square metres or larger and outside of the urban footprint.

The laws propose removing compassionate grounds for a third animal permit, bringing Redland into line with neighbouring councils.

The change would mean compassionate grounds would not have to be met in an application to keep three dogs (up from two).

Residents may have to obtain approval for having shipping containers and railway carriages on their land, according to the draft local laws.

The containers or carriages may be required to be kept in a good condition or removed.

Officers would be able to remove a container where no action is taken following enforcement.

On shopping trolleys, the local laws state retailers remain responsible for trolley retrieval but a person who removes a trolley from shops could be fined.

People who feed native birds in a way that causes a nuisance such as noise, waste, odour and property damage, could be penalised.

Mayor Karen Williams said the amendments were the first to be considered since the adoption of a suite of local laws based on the state government’s model local laws in 2015.

“Suggestions for the latest batch of draft amendments were received from various sources and span topics including the keeping of cats and dogs, shopping containters, shopping trolley removal and new regulated parking areas,” she said.

“While some of the proposed amendments are purely administrative, others will have a direct impact on members of our community.

“Community consultation is always the first step in our local law amendment process and your opportunity to provide feedback on potential changes that may affect you.”

The draft local law amendments will be online at yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au from May 23.

They can also be viewed at council’s customer service centres in Cleveland, Victoria Point and Capalaba or an island library.

Submissions have to be made by close of business on June 29.

They should be emailed to rcc@redland.qld.gov.au with Local Law Amendments in the subject field; posted to PO Box 21, Cleveland, QLD, 4163 or dropped in at a council customer service centre.

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