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Council targets unsightly properties

17 September 2018

Following feedback from the local community, Council will be actively targeting areas of unsightliness in Wattle Range townships.

Throughout 2018 Council has facilitated 13 town planning days in townships across the region. Town Plans have been developed by each of these communities, identifying the individual needs and vision for their towns for the next ten years. One of the common themes to come out of these Town Plan meetings was the need to tackle the issue of unsightly properties, with communities wanting to improve the presentation of their townships, whilst also reducing associated risks from bushfire and public health.

Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Ben Gower said that though the Council will be at the forefront in dealing with these issues, it is being driven by the local community who have expressed their concerns and Council has listened.

“Though it can be a sensitive issue, it is really positive to see local communities wanting to improve their townships. The ideas that came from the town planning meetings were very positive and Council will continue to explore those ideas and work with the community on implementing them. But in the short term, a big difference can be made by ensuring people are looking after their properties to the best of their ability. It's also really important that people seek Council approval prior to building or placing a structure on their property, and if they are unsure they should speak to Council’s planning and development team.”

Steve Chapple, Director Development Services said “It was evident from the meetings that residents are getting frustrated with the constant disregard for their towns by a small group of people. Generally, people have a lot of pride in the presentation of their towns. Many of the activities like unsightly or insanitary property raised during the Town Plan meetings can be characterised as being a Local Nuisance.

New legislation has given Councils across South Australia more powers to deal specifically with unsightly properties. The Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016 came into effect during 2017 and now makes it an offence to have an unsightly or insanitary property or to have a negative impact (dust, noise, odour, smoke) on the amenity of an area.

Over coming months, Council will be proactively targeting properties that are unsightly, insanitary or cause a nuisance as defined in the Act. Council will also be targeting illegal development such as non-approved sheds and shipping containers, structures, wrecked cars and non-complying land uses such as people conducting backyard car wrecking enterprises.

Under the new legislation Councils can issue an expiation notice of $500, with a maximum penalty of $10,000 for an individual. The new legislation also gives the Council the ability to scale the penalties and compliance activities in line with the severity of the breach.



For further information please contact:

Steve Chapple, Director Development Services
Email:                       council@wattlerange.sa.gov.au
Telephone:               (08) 8733 0900



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