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 8/3/2011 2:20 PM
 

Do you have or know someone who has a policy re: overgrown allotments.....in particular a policy about Council undertaking the clean up & billing the owner...
Regards - Guy Marchant - Bland Shire Council
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 8/3/2011 2:21 PM
 

We here at Coota, don’t have a policy as such, but our normal corse of action is to contact the owner and advise that works are required or complaint received, if they live out of town we give them a list of local landscapers/lawn mowers and suggest they contact one and arrange for regular maintenance to be set up. We also notify the RFS, who have their own powers under the rural fires act to undertake the works and issue penalty notices if a property is considered a fire risk. Generally once an owner is aware that Council and the RFS are involved in their property they tend to take action themselves soon thereafter.
It’s a bit of a stretch but if you can justify issuing an order 21 in the table under Section 121, and the works are still not undertaken, I think then Council may have the power to complete the works listed in the order and reclaim costs, just can’t seem to find that section of the act at the moment. But the flow cart at the end of the Orders Division shows that this may be permissible.
Regards - Chris - Cootamundra Shire Council
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