Measures for messy yards 'half a solution'

THE Launceston City Council says proposed measures to crack down on unsightly front yards only goes "halfway" to addressing the problem.

The state government will introduce legislation next year giving councils the power to issue $650 fines to people whose private property has collected significant rubbish.

The fines will be in accordance with the Monetary Penalties Enforcement Act, which allows for appeals to be heard in the Magistrates Court.

The Launceston City Council had been lobbying the government to see such appeals heard in the state planning tribunal.

Council general manager Robert Dobrzynski said it was absurd that magistrates would be dealing with "matters of this level".

"I am not aware of any valid reason why the administration of matters relating to this proposed legislation cannot be transferred to the (tribunal)," he said.

"The current system is hopelessly inadequate. The proposed changes regrettably only go halfway and are an opportunity missed to fix the vexed issue of unsightly premises, which are the source of great anxiety to those living nearby."

The bill is still in draft form.

Tasmanian councils will also have their powers beefed up in respect to dilapidated buildings.

Under a new bill changes to the nuisance provisions of the Local Government Act will be made with amendments also to the Building Act.

"It provides councils with clear and appropriate powers to enforce works to remedy adverse effects of dilapidated buildings on the community," a government spokesman said.

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