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The Local Government Act 2009 provides the power for local governments to make and enforce local laws that are necessary or convenient for the good rule and government of their local government area.

Visit the Queensland Government Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning for more information about local government local laws.

We have a number of local laws and subordinate local laws that apply across the Central Highlands local government area. Visit the Local laws database to access the most recent versions.

PROPOSED new local law - waste management

Why do we need a local law on waste management?

Council currently conducts is waste management functions in accordance with Chapter 5A of the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 and Section 7 of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Regulation 2011.

This legislation was enacted on a temporary basis with an expectation that each local government will enact a local law to manage waste in its local government area. The legislation will expire on 1 July 2018.

On 12 June 2018, we proposed to adopt Local Law No.6 (Waste Management) 2018 (“proposed local law”) that adopts the waste collection and management provisions that are contained in Chapter 5A of the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 and section 7 of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Regulation 2011.

The purpose of this local law is to protect the public health, safety and amenity related to waste management by:

  • Regulating the storage, servicing and removal of waste.
  • Regulating the disposal of waste at waste facilities.
  • Ensuring that an act or omission does not result in human injury, property damage or environmental harm.

We have identified that the proposed new local law may contain anti-competitive provisions, and we have prepared a review of these anti-competitive provisions in accordance with legislative requirements.

Public inspection and written submissions

Download a copy of the proposed local law.

Printed copies of the local law will are available at council offices at:

Emerald –  Corner of Egerton and Borilla Streets, Emerald from  8.30am-5pm

Blackwater  –  10 Mackenzie Street, Blackwater from  8.30am-5.00pm

Capella – 4 Conran Street, Capella from 8.30am-5.00pm

Duaringa – 12 William Street, Duaringa from  8.30am-5.00pm

Springsure –  29 Eclipse Street, Springsure from 8.30am-5.00pm

Rolleston Transaction Centre – 17 Warrijo Street, Rolleston from 9.00am-4.30pm

Tieri Transaction Centre –  Cnr Grasstree and Anncrouye St, Tieri from 8.30am-5.00pm

Written submissions are invited for a 14-day period commencing on 13 June 2018 and ending at 5.00pm on 26 June 2018.

Written submissions by any person supporting or objecting to the proposed local law may be made and given to council on or before the last day of the consultation period stating:

1.      The grounds of the submission.

2.      The facts and circumstances relied on in support of the submissions.

Submissions must be addressed to The Chief Executive Officer and lodged:

–        In person at council’s office, corner of Egerton and Borilla Streets, Emerald 8:30am-5.00pm

–        By email to

–        By post to Central Highlands Regional Council, PO Box 21, EMERALD Queensland 4720

If you have any queries or require any further information in relation to how to lodge a submission please contact council’s Planning and Environment Department on 1300 242 686 or via email on

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