Project name

Review of the Local Law

Project objective

Council’s Local Law No. 2 ‘Neighbourhood Amenity’ is due to sunset in April 2022. Due to community interest and concern over specific issues, Council is bringing forward the review of this Local Law to be completed before 30 June 2021. This will include all statutory processes required to adopt the Local Law, including community consultation. This Local Law is only comprehensively reviewed every 10 years, so this is an important opportunity for the community to raise any issues for consideration, as well as a mechanism to deal with some petitions presented to Council in recent years.

Project impacts

The proposed new Local Law will provide for:

  1. Protection of community safety and neighbourhood amenity;
  2. Protection of public assets and infrastructure, and the built and natural environment;
  3. Enhanced use, access and enjoyment of public places for the community’s benefit;
  4. The administration of Council’s powers and functions; and
  5. The revocation of Council’s Neighbourhood Amenity Local Law No. 2 (as amended), made in April 2012.

Specific impacts where the proposed Local Law differs from the existing Local Law, are explained in a Community Impact Statement and in detail here.

What information do we need from the community?

We want to understand the issues of concern for the community and community support for the proposed Local Law.

The list below refers only to the community engagement process for the Local Law.

What can the community influence?

  • The proposed Local Law (influence is limited to the Section 223 consultation process)

What can’t the community influence?

  • Fees and charges
  • Related policies and permits
  • Look and format of the new Local Law
  • Application and enforcement
  • Animal Actions from Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) (including: public spaces, off leash areas, Officer patrols/enforcement)
  • Adoption by June 30 2021

Stakeholder assessment

This stakeholder assessment is a generalised understanding of sections of the community that have a connection to the project or matter. This information is used to understand the types of tools and techniques that will achieve the strongest and most effective outcomes for engagement and communication.

Due to the wide-ranging impacts, individuals groups have not been named but listed in categories.

Impact: What level of change will the stakeholder / community segment experience as a result of the project / matter

Interest: What level of interest has been expressed or is anticipated

Influence: Reference to the IAP2 Spectrum. This project has been assigned at the ‘Consult’ level. This means we will keep you informed, listen to and acknowledge concerns and aspirations, and provide feedback on how public input influenced the decision.





August/September 2020 survey participantsMMConsult
Bathing Box associationsLLConsult
Builders and developersMMConsult
Businesses that provide shopping trolleysMLConsult
Councillors in nearby LGAsLHConsult
Drone owners/usersHMConsult
Environmental groups/conservation societiesLHConsult
Event permit holdersMLConsult
Foreshore associations and 'friends of' groupsLHConsult
Foreshore tradersMMConsult
Friends of Bayside roadsMMConsult
General Bayside communityLLConsult
Graffiti bustersMHConsult
Highly-engaged residentsLHConsult
Home owners / property ownersMLConsult
Hospitality premisesLMConsult
Individuals who regularly participate in engagement and governance LHConsult
Lead petitioners for relevant petitions (new Local Laws ideas)HHConsult
Lifesaving clubsMLConsult
Operators of bike and/or e-scooter share schemesHMConsult
Owners of trailers, boats, caravansHMConsult
People who have previously been fined for Local Law offences LMConsult
Registered animal owners / dog walkersLMConsult
Residents' associationsLLConsult
Service clubs (Rotary, Lions etc)LMConsult
Sporting clubs and associationsLLConsult
Tenants of Council buildingsLLConsult
Traders and traders' associationsLLConsult
Users of solid fuel outdoor appliancesLHConsult
Victoria PoliceHHConsult
Victorian Building AuthorityLLConsult

Selected tools and techniques

The tools and techniques selected for this project are informed by the project content, stakeholders and type of feedback sought.

The unpredictable impacts of COVID-19 restricts our ability for face-to-face communication, as well as slower distribution of mail.

Key tools for communicating the project

  • Social media, especially 'sponsored' posts to reach specific audiences
  • Digital advertising targeting key demographics
  • Signage in key foreshore locations and long-term parking locations.
  • Council's e-newsletter This Week in Bayside
  • News stories Council website
  • Let’s Talk Bayside magazine
  • Direct emails to project subscribers and key stakeholder groups
  • Zoom session Q&A 6pm 18 February 2021. Information session only. Video recording and written summary made available after the session.

Key methods for gathering feedback

  • Council website online form
  • Written submission to Governance Officer
  • Request to be Heard at Special Meeting of Council 31 March 2021
  • Online engagement through Have Your Say, including opportunity to ask questions
  • Printed project information can be provided by post


Decision-making process

The Local Law is being informed by:

  • Requirements from within the Local Government Act 1989
  • Community feedback across two phases of engagement
  • Consultation with Bayside City Council departments
  • Legal advice
  • Benchmarking with other Local Government areas

The first phase of consultation on the existing Local Law and eight new ideas from residents was completed between 13 August – 21 September 2020, with 6,959 people taking part. Ideas which were supported by community members have been included in the proposed new Local Law.

Community consultation on the proposed new Local Law will run from 28 January 2021 until 5pm, 5 March 2021.

A Special Committee of Council meeting will be held at 6pm 31 March 2021 and 7pm on 14 April 2021 to hear any submissions from the community. Council will also receive a report on any submissions received at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 18 May 2021.

Following revisions from community feedback, the proposed new Local Law will be considered by Council for adoption in May 2021.

More information

If you would like more information please contact Andrew Biffin, Service and Efficiency Coordinator, on 9599 4424 or