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Merri-bek local laws

The Local Government Act gives Victorian councils the power to create local laws within their municipality. Local Laws are designed to protect and enhance public health, safety and amenity of the municipality and its residents and visitors. Councils use local laws to respond to issues and community needs. The local laws complement the responsibilities and powers under both state and federal laws.

We have developed local legislation that provides for order and good governance in Merri-bek. These laws were developed through a proactive consultation process.

The objectives and purpose of these local laws are outlined below.

Moreland City Council General Local Law

The purpose of the Moreland City Council General Local Law 2018 (PDF 816Kb) is to:

  • promote a physical and social environment that is accessible and free from hazards to health, in which residents and visitors to the municipality can enjoy a quality of life that meets the general expectations of the community
  • protect the use of public places and control activities in, on, or near them
  • provide safety in public places
  • control, protect and conserve the environment and maintain the amenity of the municipality
  • provide for, control and manage the use of premises and vehicles in particular circumstances
  • regulate the number and manner of keeping of animals
  • control, prevent and abate nuisances, and
  • provide for the peace, order and good government of the municipality.

Meeting Procedure Local Law

The objectives of the Meeting Procedure Local Law 2018 (DOC 366Kb) is to:

  • provide the procedures governing the conduct of meetings
  • provide for the election of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor
  • set the rules of behaviour for those participating in, or present at, meetings
  • provide for the appointment of councillor office holders and assignments as members of committees established by the council or as council representatives to external committees and organisations, and
  • provide for the use of Council’s Common Seal.

Governance Rules

Moreland City Council has established Governance Rules in accordance with section 60 of the Local Government Act 2020. The Governance Rules were adopted by resolution of Council on 12 August 2020 to commence on 1 September 2020. They were most recently revised by Council on 10 August  2022.

You can read our Governance Rules (PDF) to find out more.

The Governance Rules determine the way in which Council will:

  • Make decisions in the best interest of the Merri-bek community, fairly and on the merits of the question and in a way that ensures any person whose rights will be directly affected by a decision will be entitled to communicate their views and have their interests considered;
  • Elect its Mayor and Deputy Mayor;
  • Conduct meetings of Council and Delegated Committees;
  • Give notice of meetings and record and make available meeting records (minutes and livestreamed meetings);
  • Be informed in its decision-making through community engagement, advisory committees, councillor areas of responsibility, and council officer reports;
  • Require the disclosure and management of conflicts of interest.

The Governance Rules also include:

  • Rules for the conduct of Council and Councillors during Election Periods, through the Election Period Policy;
  • An overview of alignment of the Governance Rules within Council’s democratic and corporate governance; and
  • Provisions for use of the Common Seal.