The City is in the process of updating its local laws. Many were made in 1999, and were contemporary in their day, but require updating to the point where replacement in many instances is warranted.
Sand drift is an ongoing issue within the City as a result of development and subdivisional works. It is proposed to make a new local law to complement powers that the City has under its Local Planning Scheme and Part 3 of the Local Government Act 1995. The proposed new local law will deal mainly with smaller sites or lower levels of sand drift problems which occur from time to time.
The salient features of the proposed local law are summarised below:
- Part 1 - sets out administrative provisions and contains definition of terms used throughout the local law.
- Part 2 – includes an obligation on an owner or occupier to stabilise sand, and to take practicable measures to ensure no sand or dust is released from land by wind, water or any other cause. It also includes a provision for the City to issue a notice an owner or occupier requiring them to:
- comply with the obligation to stabilise sand or prevent sand or dust escaping;
- make good any damage that has resulted from the sand or dust escaping; and
- take measures to prevent or stop the escape of sand or dust within the time specified in the notice.
- Part 3 – Deals with Objections and review Part 4 – Sets out offences and penalties Finally, Schedule 1 is a list of modified penalties, linked to the City’s Penalty Units Local Law 2015, under which one penalty unit is $10.00.
Comments can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, mailed to the Chief Executive Officer, City of Wanneroo, Locked Bag 1, WANNEROO WA 6946, or made in person at the City of Wanneroo, Administrative Centre, 23 Dundebar Road, Wanneroo.