New council rules planned

CANDIDATES at next year's Gympie Regional Council election will be able to put up all the election signs they want, but will be strictly required to remove all of them by a specified deadline after the poll, Mayor Ron Dyne said this week.

He said candidates would be able to put up signs on one specified day only and would have to remove them by another specified date or face significant fines.

Cr Dyne was commenting on new moves to help complete the council amalgamation process by introducing uniform council regulations across the whole region.

The proposed new uniform rules will be available for public consultation during a 21-day period starting tomorrow.

Previously, separate and differing regulations had applied in the Kilkivan, Tiaro and Cooloola Shire areas.

In a late item at this week's council general meeting, corporate services acting director Brian Hayes said the council was required to "repeal all existing local laws brought across from the 2008 amalgamation of the former Cooloola, Kilkivan and part of Tiaro Shire councils and adopt new local laws for the Gympie Regional Council area".

This had to be done by the end of this year, Mr Hayes told councillors.

He said the process would see 96 former local laws and subordinate local laws replaced by six new laws and subordinate laws, worded according to State Government suggestions.

Councillors were told the process should see the new rules adopted by November 30, depending on the feedback received from the public.

There would be new rules on the full range of council issues, including animal management, community and environmental management, parking, bathing, public land and roads management and administration.

Gympie Times


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