Rights of Way

The laneways throughout the Shire provide local access to properties in addition and sometimes in-lieu of gazetted roads.  The land is owned by the Crown (except for the following few exceptions*) which are owned and managed by different organisations.

Any persons wishing to conduct any activity (other than thoroughfare) in the public Right of Way must first seek Council approval to their written explanation and justification of the proposal.

  1. The Right of Way situated north of Forrest Street and west of View Street is in part-owned by the Presbyterian Ladies College and part by the Catholic Church. The owners have maintenance responsibilities and adjoining residents have right of carriageway over the land.
  2. The Right of Way east of Butler Way and joining Johnston Street is owned and managed by St Hilda’s Anglican School For Girls Inc. Adjacent residents have right of carriageway and the owners have maintenance responsibilities.

The remaining Right of Way system within the Shire is a combination of land owned by the Shire and land ceded to the Crown for the purposes of public right of way but managed by the Shire. The residents have right of carriageway over the land.  In the past residents have been permitted by the Shire to manage those portions of land ceded to the Crown but only on the proviso that no improvements or permanent structures are to be installed on the land.

Road And Right Of Way Public Infrastructure

The Shire is responsible for the provision and maintenance of public infrastructure on
roads and rights of way, namely:

  • Road surface
  • Road drains
  • Kerbs
  • Footpaths
  • Signage for street names, parking information, and directional signs
  • Permanent barriers

Reporting Of Damage To Infrastructure

Members of the public are encouraged to report damage to public infrastructure to the Shire.

Graffiti and malicious damage are photographed and reported direct to the Police Department on line from the Shire office in the hope that prosecution and restitution for costs may occur.

It is also important for the Shire to be notified so that repairs or replacement can be affected quickly to maintain the level of service delivery.

Contact for the Shire office is 9286 8600.