COUN­CIL RULES ON BIRDS AND BEES

Comment News (Armadale) - - Street Watch -

CITY of Gos­nells has passed its Pub­lic Health Law 2017 fol­low­ing com­mu­nity in­put.

Coun­cil­lors passed the law with the re­quired ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity, which stream­lined ap­pli­ca­tions and clar­i­fied re­quire­ments for res­i­dents who wished to keep bees, birds, poultry or farm an­i­mals.

It also in­cluded pro­vi­sions for pest con­trol, refuse and dis­used ma­te­rial dis­posal and fer­tilis­ers and com­post stor­age.

Upon pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, the City amended some of the clauses ini­tially pro­posed when they ad­ver­tised the law in July.

Peo­ple who own bees will be able to keep them in­doors, pro­vided they are kept at least 9m from any build­ing on an ad­join­ing lot.

The ini­tial draft re­quired bees to be kept out­doors.

There is also in­creased clar­ity on the laws re­gard­ing bird own­er­ship, as the City cur­rently al­lows peo­ple to keep poultry and pi­geons in a res­i­den­tial zone.

But the City con­firmed roost­ers, geese, gan­ders, tur­keys, pea­cocks and pea­hens, which are clas­si­fied as poultry, would not be al­lowed to be kept in a res­i­den­tial zone.

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