Got a gripe about a bad local law? Tell the council about it

PUBLIC sessions inviting residents to have their say on local laws including parking rules, pet ownership and alcohol on the Esplanade have been set for the next few months.

With the last review of local laws held more than a year ago, submissions will again be taken relating to the issues of animal management, parking and local government controlled areas.

Feedback the council receives will go toward forming a report and making that available for public comment.

Deputy Mayor Stuart Taylor said the review would ensure the laws met residents' expectations, values and standards, last reviewed in 2013.

"At that stage local laws covering smoking near taxi stops, desexing animals, shopping trolleys and graffiti were introduced or strengthened," he said.

"All submissions made during the review will be discussed by a local laws review working group which will present a report to council for endorsement to go out for public comment before there are any changes."

Each month, a session will be held at the council chambers in Tavistock St for people to make submissions on an individual local law.

The first session will be held at 9.30am on March 19 relating to administration.

Other topics for comment include community and environmental management and the council-controlled facilities and roads.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said people with a particular interest on a particular local law could have their say.

"It's a pretty arduous and fairly thorough sort of process," he said.

"Local laws underpin the everyday operations of council and the good governance of a community."

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Written submissions can be emailed to