Community Safety

What we do

We administer State Government Legislation in relation to animal management, and a number of local laws developed by Council relating to animals, community and environmental management.

We provide a high level of response to animal control issues and help ensure compliance with the laws to support community safety within the region.  We assist in community education and implementation of regulatory compliance, investigations, inspection and monitoring of Councils local laws, delegated state and other government legislation.

Our services include management of the Roma pound facility and provision of an afterhours emergency response service for urgent animal control issues i.e. dog attacks

We work with the community to encourage responsible ownership ow animals and uphold community standards across the entire Maranoa Region.  This includes responding to requests relating to:

  • Animal registrations
  • Wandering animals
  • Dog attacks
  • Barking dogs and barking collar hire
  • Cat and dog trap hire
  • Prohibited animals – what you can and can't keep in a town area
  • Excess animals
  • Adoption and rehoming
  • Overgrown and unsightly allotments
  • Abandoned Vehicles

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Community Standards – Overgrown & Unsightly Allotments

As a resident, it is your responsibility to ensure your property is kept neat and tidy.

A property that has a build-up of objects, materials and rubbish is often an eye-sore to other members of the community and can become a home for reptiles and vermin.  In addition to being a nuisance for neighbours and the community, it is also a fire hazard. 

Indications that an allotment might be "overgrown"

  • Grass and weeds are over 30cm (300mm)
  • Vegetation from the land interferes with people using a footpath or road

Indications that an allotment might be "unsightly"

An unsightly allotment has objects or materials that are brought onto or allowed to accumulate on a property, causing its visual appeal to be seriously affected.

Example of unsightly objects can include disused, second-hand material and similar objects, as well as derelict vehicles, old white goods, building materials and household waste.

What can you do to prevent having an unsightly or overgrown allotment?

  • Store goods out of sight in your garage or shed
  • Put your rubbish out weekly (use Council's kerbside collection service)
  • When storing objects or materials, place them out of view and neatly stacked off the ground (so as not to attract vermin)
  • Dispose of old vehicles and machinery
  • Mow or slash your overgrown grass, trim overhanging plants and remove weeds.
  • Regularly dispose of waste vegetation by mulching or taking it to green waste section of your local tip

Standards – Overgrown Allotments

The tables below provide guidelines on the standards for allotments.  The standards differ dependent on block size for both overgrown and unsightly allotments.

Community Standards – Overgrown Allotments

 

 

LOT SIZE

 

 Less than 2000sqm2000-5000 sqmGreater than 5000 sqm
Standard

Grass and weeds trimmed to a maximum height of 300 mm (approximately 1 foot), including around buildings, fences and other structures.

 

Edges of allotments larger than 2,000 square metres are to be trimmed to 300 mm or less for a width of 5 metres where the larger allotments have boundaries with smaller urban allotments or with parks, reserves and roads.

 

Edges of allotments larger than 2,000 square metres are to be trimmed to 300 mm or less for a width of 5 metres where the larger allotments have boundaries with smaller urban allotments or with parks, reserves and roads.

 

Type of notice

 

 

 

OvergrownOvergrownFire hazard

 

Community Standards – Unsightly Allotments

 

 

LOT SIZE

 

ITEMSLess than 400sqm400-1000 sqm1000-2000 sqmGreater than 2000 sqm
Unregistered motor vehicles or caravans or large items of equipment1 caravan

Any 1 item

 

Any 2 itemsAny 6 items
Cubic metres or items (whichever is the greater) of furniture

1 cubic metre

or

4 items

2 cubic metres

or

8 items

2 cubic metres

or

8 items

4 cubic metres

or

16 items

Cubic metres of household goods

1 cubic metre

 

2 cubic metres

 

3 cubic metres

 

6 cubic metres

 

Area of 5 metres long x 2 metres wide x 1.5 metres high of building and construction materials1 area1 area1 area4 areas

 

What do I do if I notice an overgrown or unsightly allotment?

In most cases, the best way to resolve an overgrown or unsightly property issue is through a polite, direct request to the property owner.

If you are concerned about approaching the property owner, or this action has proven ineffective, you can report the problem to Council, stating the address or location of the property and the concerns that you have in relation to that property.

If you have difficulty walking along footpaths or driving along streets as a result of hedges or trees growing out into your path or line of sight please report the problem to council.

How Council deals with overgrown and unsightly premises

Using Local Law No 3 (Community and Environmental Management) 2011, council regulates a range of potential nuisances relating to overgrown and unsightly conditions on allotments.  An authorised officer of council will inspect the property and gain agreement with the owner to bring the property to a compliant state.

  • Step 1 -   Inspection conducted, owner contacted and warning issued
  • Step 2 -   If no action taken, owner contacted and compliance notice issued
  • Step 3  -  If no action taken an infringement or other legal action may be commenced.

If necessary Council may make arrangements for the property to be cleared of rubbish and for grass and vegetation to be trimmed.  The cost of such work will be responsibility of the owner.

Achieving the right result can often take time, on average the time taken to bring a property to a compliant state with the cooperation of the owner is approximately 6 – 8 weeks.

For more information about overgrown or unsightly allotments please contact the Community Safety Team on 1300 007 662.

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