Is horse riding allowed in your local park?
Local laws dealing with horses, pigs, koalas and dogs are on the agenda for the Redland City Council Meeting to be held on Wednesday 22 April.
Other agenda items include a motion that a report on activities of the Industry Reference Group be presented to Council by June including details of meeting agendas, minutes and attendees (item 14.1.1).
A proposal to adopt various changes to local laws (item 11.2.2) is the subject of a long report with many attachments. The following information, extracted from the report, appears to give a sense of some key changes that Council may decide to adopt on Wednesday. This information is taken from a section in the report titled: Public Consultation submission Review. The report includes more detailed discussion of the submissions received during the public consultation process.
Keeping of pigs
The first draft allowed the keeping of one de-sexed miniature pig on land greater than 4000m2. The second draft proposed to allow any type and number of pigs on land greater than 4000m2 (except in the Ridgewood Downs prohibition area) provided relevant conditions are met. The final draft has been amended to require a permit to keep one de-sexed pet pig on land greater than 4000m2 on the mainland (except in Ridgewood Downs) subject to relevant conditions. Pigs will be prohibited from all Redland City islands for environmental and cultural reasons.
The first draft had omitted reference to koala areas (formerly Koala Management Areas). Koala areas have been added to the Local Law and Subordinate Local Law, including updated mapping based on the State Koala Habitat Area mapping for the Nature Conservation (Koala) Conservation Plan 2006 and Management Program 2006-2016. Submissions called for the mapping to be expanded (particularly around Ferntree Park and North Stradbroke Island)or to cover the whole City. They also called for conditions regarding the confinement of a dog in a koala area to be more stringent. Council will proceed to make the laws as drafted for the second consultation process (incorporating koala areas) and commit to reviewing the koala areas and their requirements as an immediate priority.
Animal noise nuisance
As an outcome of the General Meeting on 28 January 2015 and subsequent Notice of Motion on 11 February 2015, Councillors voted (for the second draft) to reduce the time that animal noise is considered a nuisance (3 minutes in 30 minutes at any time). As a result of the second community consultation and the Councillor workshop in March 2015 the animal noise nuisance provisions have been amended to reflect the first draft and maintain the current provisions (6 minutes in 60 minutes (7am-10pm) and 3 minutes in 30 minutes (10pm-7am) periods).
Horses in public places
Council consulted during the second round of consultation on whether horses should be allowed on and off trails throughout the City unless otherwise signed. As a result of the Councillor workshop in March 2015 Council has amended the laws to allow horses in all parks and reserves on and off trails except where it is specifically signposted that horses are prohibited. Council is also undertaking a project to better map and define horse friendly trails within the City.
Attending the meeting
Members of the public can attend the meeting to observe proceedings, except for seven items at the end of the meeting which the Council will discuss in closed session. The meeting is scheduled to start at 9:30 am.
Contact your councillor
If you are concerned about the proposed changes to local laws contact your local councillor
Redlands2030 – 19 April 2015