Lewiston motorbike by-laws

Adelaide Plains Council (APC) could possibly introduce a future by-law to limit the use of motorbikes and recreational vehicles in the animal husbandry zone of Lewiston, following complaints from disgruntled residents in the area.

Dust and noise created by the use of motorbikes on private land next to residential homes, has increasingly become an issue and has been raised by members of the community at council meetings.

APC’s general manager of development and community, Robert Veitch, acknowledged the matter has been flagged for investigation.

A Lewiston resident, who did not wish to be named, has contacted Adelaide Plains Council with information on how the Greater City of Geelong, that experienced similar issues, has been able to effectively introduce a by-law to limit motorbike use, along with the subsequent matter of policing the new rules.

After the resident moved into the area, being attracted to the semi-rural lifestyle ideal for their sheep, alpacas and chickens, the noise and dust problems became apparent.

However, the resident was forced to erect a taller fence around his property, at a significant cost to himself, in order to address the issue.

He said he has spoken to many residents in the area who are also stressed by the issue and would welcome a change to the by-laws.

Mr Veitch explained the process taken to implement by-laws, indicating a number of by-laws will be reviewed early next year.

If this issue is chosen as one of them, APC can then consider City of Greater Geelong’s actions.

“Bearing in mind, it’s been done under different legislation from South Australia,” he said.

Any changes would have to go out to public consultation.

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