Our local laws increase public amenity while supporting community health and safety. Local laws guide behaviours, promote safety, harmony and good rule in the community, making the City of Logan a better place to live.
Council is proposing to amend some of our local laws and we want to know what you think.
The changes to our local laws encourage greater health, safety and improved amenity within our community.
The local law amendments will prohibit overnight camping on footpaths, road reserves, roadsides or on other Council owned or controlled land and provide a consistent definition of camping.
The purpose of the changes is to allow Council’s officers to respond to community complaints of people stopping on Council land with the intent of staying overnight, sometimes for extended periods.
The local law changes are not meant to affect people stopping for short periods during the day.
Living or sleeping in a car or caravan or camping in a public place without suitable infrastructure can create public health and safety issues and reduce the amenity of an area. Often rural, secluded or pristine bush locations attract unlawful camping, and these areas can become degraded if not regulated. In suburban and built-up areas camping can create road hazards while also detracting from the amenity of an area.
We acknowledge the proposed local law amendments may affect people sleeping rough and those experiencing homelessness. At Logan City Council we put community first, endeavouring to link people sleeping rough with the appropriate services and agencies.
Local Law 5 (Parks, Jetties and Boat ramps) 2011 currently prohibits camping within Council parks. The local law amendments propose to build on these powers to prohibit camping on roadsides, footpaths and other Council owned or controlled areas.
Most other South East Queensland councils already have a local law that prohibits camping on footpaths, road reserves and the roadside. The proposed changes will bring Logan City Council in line with other councils in the region.
The camping sites at Hugh Muntz Park or Tully Park will continue to be free to camp for up to 3 nights. We encourage the recreational use of natural habitat with suitable infrastructure (e.g. toilet, shower, waste disposal) as it provides an ideal opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the City of Logan.
The proposed local law amendments were available for community feedback from 13 October to 10 November 2021. The proposed local law amendments were then distributed to State agencies to undertake a State Interest Check. Council is currently reviewing responses received from State agencies.
A copy of the proposed amendments is provided below: