Council asks peak body to advocate change

26 March 2014

Council will advocate to introduce bicycle registrations, reduce late night liquor licensing and seek a statewide control program to control numbers of the Indian Myna bird in Victoria.

The three issues will be put forward as motions to the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) State Council, a meeting of local governments from around Victoria on 16 May.

The MAV represents the collective interests of councils and lobbies state and federal governments on behalf of local government in Victoria.

Mayor Laurence Evans said the issues were at the forefront for Bayside as well as the wider Victorian local government sector.

Cr Evans said the registration of bicycles or licensing of bicycle riders would help the police and the public to identify cyclists involved in an accident or break road rules.

“Given the continued growth in cycling in Victoria, the introduction of a registration scheme for cyclists would be beneficial for all road users,” he said.

Cr Evans said Council would also advocate implementing a statewide Indian Myna bird control program to effectively reduce the number of birds and limit their spread in Victoria.

“The Indian Myna bird is displacing native bird life from its natural habitat not just in Bayside but state-wide,” Cr Evans said.

Council is also concerned about prevalence of late night licensed premises in Melbourne.

“The link between these late night licensed venues and alcohol-related violence is alarming,” he said.

“There are proven positive benefits from putting proactive controls in place such as a 3am close and lockout from 1am, including a dramatic increase in night time assaults.

“Any reduction in assaults will enhance the health and wellbeing of our Bayside community and the state at large,” Cr Evans said.

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