The State Government has announced the first comprehensive review of the Impounding Act 1993 (Act) since its commencement on 1 July 1993.

The Act was introduced as companion legislation to the Local Government Act 1993 and aims to protect public health, safety and amenity in public spaces by giving councils and other public land managers powers to impound abandoned and unattended articles and animals left in public places and on private property.

The Office of Local Government (OLG) has released a Discussion Paper about the review of the Act for public comment. The Discussion Paper asks a series of strategic and operational questions to inform the review of the Act.

The substance of the feedback that the OLG is seeking from the community is about whether the Act remains effective for managing stray animals and other items left unattended or abandoned in public places, given matters such as emerging technologies and the ever-changing use of public spaces in New South Wales.

The feedback on the Discussion Paper will help to ensure that the Act remains fit for purpose in future and will inform the next stages of the review process into 2020, including any proposals for reform.

The deadline for lodging submissions with the OLG is 5:00pm on 20 March 2020.

The Discussion Paper can be viewed here. Further information about the review can be viewed here.