Why we're consulting

Local Laws are designed to secure community safety, protect public assets and enhance neighbourhood amenity. Under the former Local Government Act 1989, the council’s Local Laws "sunset" after 10 years.

Wodonga's current Environment and Community Protection Local Law and Environment and Community Protection Standards and Guidelines were developed in 2014 and are due for renewal.

We are seeking input from the community to guide the renewal of our Environment and Community Protection Local Law and Environment and Community Protection Standards and Guidelines which will be in place for the next 10 years.

At this time you have the opportunity to:

  • Provide feedback about the existing local law and guidelines;
  • Suggest changes to the local law and guidelines; and,
  • Suggest potential new laws to meet community expectations.

Background information

Community members benefit from the protections available under the Local Law. Community members are also affected by local laws and should abide by the controls it contains.

Local Law covers the following areas.

  • Your property
  • Your animals
  • Vehicles and roads
  • Your business
  • Building and asset protection
  • Municipal places and reserves
  • Council buildings
  • Permits, administration and enforcement

The community can influence the Local Law. The council is responsible for ensuring the Local Law is implemented and meets the legal requirements under the Local Government Act 1989.

The council cannot implement laws that we are not delegated to enforce under another piece of legislation or other act or other regulation, for example, the Crimes Act.

As part of this review, there is opportunity to introduce or amend local laws that were previously developed by the community.

Once the Local Laws is adopted, it will be in place for a period of 10 years so it is vital we consider the current and future needs of the community while reviewing the Local Law.



Ways to have your say

This consultation is open from Wednesday, July 5 to Tuesday, July 25.

Anyone who lives, works, studies or invests in Wodonga or visits the municipality and uses the facilities, is invited to review the information provided, ask questions and provide feedback during this time.

Ways to provide feedback

Key focus areas

Below you will find sections which highlight areas frequently referred to in our Local Law. Each section will provide detailed information about the existing law and the identified areas for improvement. Click on "learn more" to access the information within each section before completing the survey to provide your feedback.