Council has approved a new Property Maintenance and Nuisances bylaw for public consultation. This bylaw was developed to replace the existing Nuisance Bylaw 2005 and takes into account public feedback provided as part of informal consultation with the community in August 2016. The Proposed Property Maintenance and Nuisances Bylaw deals primarily with two nuisance issues: the state and use of private property, and the keeping of animals on private property. Our proposed rules mean Council is able to take action if there are situations on private property which lead to health and safety risks for neighbours and the community, and provide some basic rules for the keeping of animals on private property to ensure that these animals aren't a nuisance to others or pose a health risk. The Proposed Property Maintenance and Nuisance Bylaw is open for consultation from 16 December 2016 till 4:00pm on 27 January 2017. Copies of the Statement of Proposal, proposed bylaw and submission forms are available at all Council offices. However having your say is even easier online, just register on our submission portal to be able to read the proposal and submit your feedback online. Hearings for the Proposed Property Maintenance and Nuisances Bylaw are to be held on 21 February 2017 so please indicate whether you would like to attend and speak to your submission.