Compliance

Overview

Rangers are Wingecarribee Shire Council officers who are responsible for:

  • Public Safety
  • Responding to environmental incidents (air, land, water & noise)
  • Animal management
  • Roads and traffic compliance
  • Implementation of Councils policies, legislation & regulations
  • Acting on complaints

Report Unauthorised Landfill & Vegetation

In response to a recent spate of unauthorised landfill and vegetation removal incidents across the Shire, Wingecarribee Shire Council is advising residents to be aware of the implications of accepting free landfill. 

Don't Illegally Clear or Fill Your Land

Council has been notified of businesses advertising “free clean fill” to Wingecarribee residents. Residents should be aware that this type of “free clean fill” is generally construction waste containing asbestos, building debris and heavy metal contaminants. Accepting fill of this type can lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars’ in clean-up costs, and in most instances the responsibility of this stays with the Landowner. 

NSW EPA Protecting the Community and Our Environment

Understand the Consequences

Council will initiate action against those person/parties, including landowners, responsible for all instances where unauthorised land-use activities are undertaken or where land-use activities are undertaken contrary to development consent. This may include, issuing a penalty notice or taking legal action dependent on the extent of environmental damage caused and the nature of the offence. Under the relevant planning and environmental protection legislation the penalties for unauthorised or non-complying land-use activities can range up to $5 million including further penalties for each day the offence continues where the matter is taken before a Court. 

Not Without Permission

Residents are reminded that development consent from Council is generally required for the removal of native vegetation and individual trees, as well as works associated with land-filling, earth moving and regrading. If you are considering undertaking any form of development, it is important that you contact Council to discuss your need to obtain prior approval. 

Don't Risk the Environment

Wingecarribee is a unique natural area with high conservation significance and is home to several threatened species, including Koalas and Glossy Black Cockatoos, is part of the regionally significant Great Western Wildlife Corridor and is the source of Sydney’s drinking water. 

Unauthorised land-filling, associated earthworks and the illegal removal of native vegetation have the potential to cause significant environmental damage and could result in harm to a range of threatened species and their habitat.

Abandoned Vehicles

Abandoning a vehicle is an offence under the Impounding Act 1993. It detracts from the local amenity of the Highlands and may cause an unsafe situation or public inconvenience.

Report a Vehicle

To report a vehicle you think has been abandoned (including cars, caravans and trailers), contact: 

Police Assistance Line 

Telephone: 131 444  

The Police Assistance Line operates 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.

Council is unable to remove an abandoned vehicle until the NSW Police have confirmed that the vehicle has not been stolen or is otherwise of interest to them. 

Once the NSW Police have confirmed that the vehicle is not of interest to them and is in fact abandoned, they will notify Wingecarribee Shire Council.

The registration status of a vehicle is not indicative that an owner has abandoned the motor vehicle and registration is not a consideration within the provisions of the Act. However, it is an offence to ‘Stand Unregistered Vehicle on Public Street’. This offence is enforced by NSW Police and Council does not have the authorisation to enforce or issue a penalty notice. Information regarding the enforcement of unregistered vehicles by the NSW Police may be obtained by contacting the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.

Investigation Process

The investigation to determine if a vehicle is abandoned is carried out under the Impounding Act 1993.

Once Council has been notified by NSW Police, Council's Rangers can then investigate abandoned vehicles in the Shire. This includes road related areas as defined under the Road Rules 2008, and includes an area that is not a road and that is open to or used by the public for driving, riding or parking vehicles.

If the vehicle is abandoned within an enclosed strata property, the matter should be resolved under the Strata Schemes Management Act 1996 and the Community Land Management Act 1989.

Abandoned vehicles located on private land need to be managed by the land owner and occupier of the premises.

When investigating a suspected abandoned vehicle, Council places a bright yellow sticker on the vehicle to signify that it is under Council investigation and provide the owner notice that the vehicle may be impounded if not removed.

Only in case of absolute emergency (i.e. hazard to public safety) can this process change.

Penalties & Fees

Failure to comply with the Impounding Act 1993 can result in a penalty infringement notice being imposed on a person who abandons a motor vehicle in a public place. 

Fees also apply for reclaiming an impounded vehicle, including release, transport and daily storage fees.

Impounded Vehicles

To enquire as to whether your vehicle has been impounded by Council, contact:

Customer Service

Telephone: 02 4868 0888

Email: mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au 

Unwanted Vehicles

If you have a vehicle that you no longer need or wish to keep and are unable to sell the vehicle, contact a scrap metal dealer. In most cases, the scrap metal dealer will collect the vehicle at no cost.

Selling a Vehicle

When you sell your vehicle, it is your responsibility to tell Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) that you are no longer the registered owner.

If you do not tell the RMS that you have sold or disposed of your vehicle, you could be held responsible for any parking or speeding fines, and any penalties and fees if the vehicle is subsequently abandoned.

Abandoned Shopping Trolleys

Abandoned shopping trolleys can cause vehicle damage and contribute to the disorderly appearance of the streetscape. 

When you use a trolley please return it to the bays provided. Do not leave it where it can cause damage to people or property.

Report an Abandoned Shopping Trolley

To report an abandoned shopping trolley, please visit Snap Send Solve. Alternatively report the following retailer's trolleys to Trolley Tracker:

  • Target 
  • Big W
  • Woolworths

Report the following retailer's trolley's to 1800 Trolley:

  • Coles
  • Target
  • Kmart
  • First Choice Liquor
  • Bunnings Warehouse

If the retailer fails to collect the reported trolley, you can report an abandoned trolley to Council by contacting Customer Service.

Illegal Dumping

Leaving rubbish in public spaces such as the footpath, nature strip, in a park, street, or next to a bin is illegal. 

You can report illegal dumping by:

  • Contacting Council 
  • Visiting RID Online
  • Calling the NSW EPA RID helpline on 131 555
  • Reporting through Snap Send Solve

Any information will be treated with confidence.

The following information will help Council catch illegal dumpers:

  • Date and time
  • Description of the person
  • Vehicle description and registration

Where the provision of information to Council leads to a successful penalty or conviction, 25% of the penalty up to $2,500 will be awarded.

Garage Sale Signage

Council recognises that garage sales are part of the Southern Highlands landscape, but we do ask that people holding these sales adhere to a couple of common sense practices to ensure the rest of the community isn’t affected. 

Signage Requirements

  • It is fine to put up a sign, but a maximum of just two sign: one at your property and another at the nearest cross street.
  • The sign must NOT be larger than 30cm x 42cm or A3 size.
  • If that cross street is a roundabout, make sure the sign is NOT on the roundabout or in any place that distracts motorists or their line of sight.
  • The signs can only go up on the morning of the sale and must be removed immediately after the sale is over.
  • Signs should NOT be dangerous or obstruct pedestrians.
  • Signs should NOT be placed on power poles or trees with nails and screws.

Fines

As these signs have an address, it is not difficult for our Rangers to trace any offending signs, then serve an infringement notice. 

If signs do not comply with the regulations, fines start from:

  • $200 per sign under Sec 146A(1) of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.
  • $452 per sign under Reg 11(1)(a) Road Regulation 2008.
  • Professional Service Rangers costs from $91 per hour.

Impounding costs may apply.

Overgrown Properties 

Council encourages regular mowing of your property to maintain regional pride in our towns and villages, and to prevent serious health and safety implications caused by overgrown premises.

What is an Overgrown Property?

Land may be considered to be not in a safe or healthy condition when it is located in a built up urban area and vegetation on the land:

  • Is harbourage for vermin (evidence can include sightings, faeces, nests, runs, eggs etc); or
  • Is likely to be harbourage for vermin (such vegetation should be consistently thick to an average height of approximately 600mm and covering a sufficient area to have the potential to harbour vermin. It does not follow from this that an uncleared or regenerated bush block comprising of mainly indigenous vegetation would be considered likely to be a harbourage for vermin; or
  • Is determined by the relevant fire authority as posing a high fire hazard.

Concerns & Complaints 

Communicate with your neighbour first if you have any concerns relating to their property.

If you cannot get the property owner to look after their property, contact Council. Council will become involved with overgrown properties if they involve a potential risk to health. 

Council will initially write to the owner. If, after a reasonable amount of time, nothing has been done about the problem, Council can take other steps to ensure it is cleared and no longer poses a potential risk to health.

All bush fire hazard complaints received by Council must be referred to the Rural Fire Service for their determination, in accordance with the Service Agreement signed by the Rural Fire Service and Council.

Council will not consider vegetation to be a fire hazard if it has been determined not to be a fire hazard by the NSW Fire Service or the Rural Fire Service

For the purpose of Council to investigate Overgrown Properties:

  • Overgrown Vegetation does not include any vegetation that is protected by either the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 or Council’s Tree Preservation Order, and does not include a commercial crop.
  • Vermin does not include any native fauna.
  • Built Up Urban Area includes land within a zone designated "residential" (but not "rural residential") "village", "industrial", or "business" under the Wingecarribee LEP 1989. 

Parking Fines

Wingecarribee Shire Council administers and enforces the road rules to maximise the use of available space and to provide access to parking for all motorists.

Illegal parking may create an unsafe environment for other vehicles and pedestrians by causing an obstruction or impeding vision. If your vehicle is parked illegally you may be issued with a Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN).

Council’s Rangers are authorised to issue PINs and Revenue NSW processes penalty notices on behalf of Council.

Make a Payment or Request a Review

Payment of PINs are made through Revenue NSW. Penalty notices are not paid directly to Council. 

Revenue NSW determines all appeals for infringement notices issued by Council. You may request a review or elect to have the matter heard in Local Court by contacting Revenue NSW. Their details are also on the back of the infringement notice.

You can also view details about as well as the status of your penalty notice by using the myPenalty website.

Service NSW Mobile App 

Revenue NSW have released a fines function in the Service NSW mobile app so customers can pay and resolve their fines anytime, anywhere.

This means Revenue NSW can engage with all Service NSW/RMS mobile app users to make it easy for them to finalise their fines promptly and improve your collection/finalisation rate. 

Customers can use the app to:

  • pay their penalties or obtain their BPAY reference to pay
  • view a list of their outstanding penalties and the amount of their debt in one place 24/7 on the go - to manage their fines
  • keep track and on top of penalty payment plans
  • view images, get information about other options and link to myPenalty to lodge Reviews/court
  • set reminders and receive notifications of new and overdue fines - to avoid late fees and debt recovery
  • confirm we have received their request for review/court request/nomination and their penalty is 'pending decision'

as well as:

  • renewing/managing registrations or conducting rego checks
  • updating their contact details with RMS/Service NSW
  • keeping track of their licence and demerit points.
  • locate their nearest Service NSW centre and the current wait time

For more information please view:

Mobile App Flyer(PDF, 651KB)

Private Trees Overhanging Public Space

Branches overhanging a footpath can potentially cause an obstruction, preventing pedestrians a clear passageway. 

Property owners are responsible for trees within their property boundary and should ensure overhanging branches are pruned back from the footpath to avoid injury and obstructions to pedestrians. 

If you rent or own a home or business in the Wingecarribee Shire, you are responsible for ensuring that any footpaths that adjoin your property are free from obstructions to pedestrians and traffic.

Footpaths are important and are used for safe passage by pedestrians. 

Overhanging branches create unsafe situations and can cause traffic hazards. 

Removing obstructions ensures the path is clear for all users including people with specific access needs, such as prams and wheelchairs, the elderly and sight impaired, and will ensure safety for all pedestrians and traffic.

Obstructions include vegetation such as:

  • Trees
  • Shrubs
  • Ground covering

Council asks residents to monitor vegetation on their property to ensure that branches are pruned back to the property line.

Where trees or shrubs from private property overhang a public walkway or carriageway and that tree is causing an obstruction, Council can contact the resident to request that they prune or remove the vegetation.

Report Private Trees Overhanging Public Space

To request that Council investigate private trees or shrubs overhanging public space, or if you see overhanging branches from a Council owned tree, please contact Council on:

Telephone: 02 4868 0888

Email: mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au

Vehicle Advertising 

Under the Local Government Act 1993, it is illegal to advertise a vehicle for sale or any other article on a public road or in a public place without prior approval from Council.

Council Rangers conduct regular patrols and a person who fails to obtain approval from Council to sell their vehicle or other item may be issued with a penalty.

Council reminds any prospective sellers that approval must first be sought from Council to advertise a vehicle or other article on a public road or public place.

Written applications will be considered by Council on case by case basis.

Report Illegal Advertising

Report illegal advertising by visiting the below link;

 Snap Send Solve

Local Government Act 1993

Section 68, Part E (2)

Section 626 (3)