Strengthened laws to protect the community from safety hazards in public places

Central Coast Council is putting the spotlight on safety hazards caused by abandoned shopping trolleys, cars, boat trailers and other items, as well as stray stock, by participating in a series of workshops conducted by the NSW Government.

The workshops, to be held over coming months, will help the Government finalise its comprehensive review of laws helping local councils to protect their communities from safety hazards caused by abandoned items in public places.

Council’s Director, Environment and Planning, Scott Cox, said the safety of the community was a key concern for Council, as is the protection of the environment.

“This is one workshop that we’ll certainly seek to participate in,” he said.

Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock, said the face to face and online workshops were designed to consult councils, government agencies, businesses and peak bodies about a stronger regulatory framework.

“The NSW Government is committed to ensuring that local councils have strong powers to protect their communities from the safety hazards caused by abandoned and unattended items and livestock in public places,” Hancock said.

“The review aims to future proof local residents and communities against long term issues caused by abandoned shopping trolleys, boat trailers and stray stock on rural roads, but also emerging problems created by new technologies such as e-scooters and share bikes.

“The NSW Government has received 85 written submissions in response to its review discussion paper, which raised a wide range of issues, and these have been closely examined as consideration is given to changes to the Impounding Act.

“I look forward to the completion of the review and introducing changes to the Impounding Act in Parliament to ensure that our laws continue to meet community needs and expectations,” Minister Hancock said.

Sue Murray