Local Laws

Public Interest Review – Proposed Waste Management Local Law

Proposed Western Downs Regional Council Local Law No. 8 Waste Management 2018

Chapter 5A of the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 and section 7 of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Regulation 2011 will expire on 1 July 2018. In response, Western Downs Regional Council recently proposed to make Western Downs Regional Council Local Law No. 8 (Waste Management) 2018. This local law will replace the expiring State Government waste management provisions and allow Council to retain its ability to manage waste matters in its local government area.

The proposed Western Downs Regional Council Local Law No. 8 (Waste Management) 2018 will substantially replicate the expiring State Government waste management provisions, and seeks to protect the region’s public health, safety, and amenity related to waste management by:

  1. regulating the storage, servicing and removal of waste; and
  2. regulating the disposal of waste at waste facilities; and
  3. ensuring that an act or omission does not result in
    1. harm to human, health or safety or personal injury; or
    2. property damage or loss of amenity; or
    3. environmental harm or environmental nuisance

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Public Submission Period

In accordance with Council’s adopted local law making process Council is conducting community consultation from Monday 26 March to 5pm Friday 27 April on the proposed Western Downs Regional Council Local Law No. 8 (Waste Management) 2018. Council is also conducting a public interest test on possible anti-competitive provisions identified in proposed Western Downs Regional Council Local Law No. 8 (Waste Management) 2018. 

The proposed new local law contains the same type of anti-competitive provisions as exist in the expiring State legislation. Council must conduct a Public Interest Test to inform the decision about whether it is appropriate that those anti-competitive provisions be continued in the new local law. Council has prepared a Public Interest Test Plan to guide that review.

The Public Submission Period and Public Interest Test Consultation will be undertaken concurrently and Council has prepared the following documents for community consultation:

Submissions must state the grounds of the submission (whether you agree or disagree with the proposed law or section/sections of the proposed law) and any facts and circumstances relied on to support the grounds of the submission (your reasons).

Submissions can be made by: 

  1. By submitting the online submission form;
  2. Downloading and completing this printable Submission Form and hand delivering to a Council Customer Service Centre at any of the locations listed on the submission form;
  3. Downloading this Submission Form and scanning a completed copy to info@wdrc.qld.gov.au
  4. Downloading and mailing completed Submission Form to:
    Attn: Chief Executive Officer
    Local Law Review Submissions
    Western Downs Regional Council
    PO Box 551
    Dalby  QLD  4405
  5. Collecting a submission form from any of Council’s Customer Service Centres, Bell and Meandarra Libraries or Moonie Rural Transaction Centre and returning your completed submission either in person to a Customer Service Centre, by scanning and emailing to info@wdrc.qld.gov.au, or by post per the above postal details.

Further Questions

Please contact Council if you have any further questions regarding the proposed law or process on 1300 COUNCIL (1300 268 624).


Western Downs Regional Council Local Laws

Western Downs Regional Council has a regional suite of 7 local laws and 22 subordinate local laws that apply across the Western Downs local government area.

Western Downs Regional Council Local Laws Register

Local Laws and Subordinate Local Laws

Council's suite of laws cover a wide range of administrative and regulatory roles and functions, including areas such as signage, food hygiene, footpath dining, building, parking, keeping pets, gates and grids, temporary entertainment events, and permits and licences.

Council has developed a set of helpful fact sheets to assist residents with identifying which laws may be relevant to them. The local laws and subordinate local laws can be accessed on the Local Laws and Subordinate Local Laws webpage. Alternatively, copies can be requested from each of Council's Customer Service Centres or by emailing a request to info@wdrc.qld.gov.au.

You can also access the Local Laws database on the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs website.