Why is Council changing the Local Law?

The City of Stonnington has a statutory obligation to review and update the Local Law every ten years to make sure it reflects environmental changes and community expectations.

Is Council hoping to raise more revenue by changing the Local Law, and therefore increasing the number of penalty notices it issues?

No. We are updating the Local Law to reflect changes to the environment, as well as the needs and expectations of the community. Our aim is to make sure Stonnington continues to be a great place for people to live, work, and play.

Where did the ideas for various updates and changes come from?

The ideas for various updates and changes to the Stonnington Local Law came Council Officers, Industry stakeholders, Community organisations and individual members of the Stonnington community.

Throughout 2017, Council Officers consulted with the various interest groups to discuss potential Local Law changes and receive feedback.

The proposed updates and changes incorporated in this draft reflect the feedback from these earlier consultation sessions. 

What consultation has happened to date?

Council consulted with a diverse range of stakeholders throughout 2017, including:

·  the Connect Stonnington Group

·  individual community members through drop-in sessions

·  industry stakeholders (such as construction and waste management), and

·  special interest groups (such as Save-a-Dog Scheme).

In these sessions participants had the opportunity to provide input about their specific issues and concerns of the proposed changes. 

What if you disagree with the changes?

It is important that Council hears what our community thinks about the proposed changes to the Stonnington Local Law to ensure that the Law is contemporary and reflects the changing environment.  The aim of Council to ensure that Stonnington to remain a great place to live, work and visit. If you disagree with the proposed changes, you can submit your feedback: 
 •  In person: attend a pop-up consultation session, Thursday 22 March, Council Chambers, Malvern Town Hall, 1:00pm – 3:00pm 
 •  Online: by clicking here