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The local Nuisance & Litter Control act 2016 came into effect on 1 July 2017 to support and enhance our environment by strengthening local nuisance and litter management services within South Australian communities and to ensure environmental complaints are responded to efficiently.
Under the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016 , local nuisance is described as "any adverse impact on the amenity value of an area, which unreasonably interferes with, or is likely to unreasonably interfere with, the enjoyment of that area by people in that area."
The act specifies what can constitute a local nuisance and can therefore be investigated by Council. Local nuisances are generally grouped into the following main categories:
In the first instance, speak to the person or group causing the issue as they may not realise that what they are doing may be a nuisance to others. Often simple conversations makes the party aware of the issue and can encourage them to take heed.
If you are unsuccessful in resolving the issue or feel uncomfortable doing so please report this to our Customer Service Centre on (08) 8375 6600 and we can investigate the issues and take action if necessary.
Under section 19 of the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016 Council is able to consider the granting of an exemption from local nuisance-causing activities upon application. Exemptions maybe reasonable for short-term activities such as festivals, events or major construction activities where some level of noise, dust, odour or other local nuisance is likely to be unavoidable.
Applications must, however, be accompanied by a nuisance management plan describing the steps that will be taken to prevent, minimize or address any adverse effects on the amenity value of the area concerned and also describing the exceptional circumstances that exist to justify the granting of an exemption.
No exemptions are currently listed
If a nuisance is coming from an industrial premises, it may be a site that is licensed by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and therefore not within the Council’s jurisdiction. These matters can be referred directly to the EPA.
Further information can be found at the Local Government Association website.
For further information, please contact:
City of Marion
Community Health and Safety
In person: 245 Sturt Road, Sturt SA 5047
Post: PO Box 21, Oaklands Park SA 5046
In person: Level 8, 250 Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000
Post: GPO Box 2607, Adelaide SA 5001