City of Mandurah revokes controversial ban on remote control toys

City of Mandurah revokes controversial ban on remote control toys

A CONTROVERSIAL ban on remote control toys in local parks has been revoked following input from City of Mandurah councillor Darren Lee at last night’s (council meeting.

Earlier this year, a local law was adopted banning the use of remote control toys in local parks without a permit with possible fines of between $300 and $5000.

But Cr Lee said there appeared to be significant misinterpretation that the use of toys by children would be targeted.

“Although at the time the council was satisfied the laws would be implemented on a complaint-only basis, the community expressed the view that it was unnecessarily bureaucratic,’’ he said.

“Should the need arise for the council to manage the use of airborne or other devices, there are alternative, although less prescriptive sections of the local laws that may be applied relating to nuisance, damage to reserves or safety risks.”

Cr Lee said it might be appropriate in the future for council to engage with the community to determine where there were specific locations for motorised devices to be prohibited or more actively regulated, such as heavily utilised reserves, dog off lead areas and nature reserves.

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