Compliance officers to visit Maranoa homes

RUMOURS circulated on social media about whether the Maranoa Regional Council will conduct house visits are true.

The visits aim to ensure ratepayers are complying with laws, the council have currently filled one of three available positions for compliance officers.

Maranoa councillor Jan Chambers said residents can expect a visit from workers sometime in the 2014/15 financial year.

"As part of the 2014/15 Budget, Council has allocated funding for additional resources to monitor and investigate all types of compliance (e.g. local laws, planning and building legislation, development conditions, planning instruments, legal agreements and permits)," she said.

Ms Chambers said the visits will address irresponsible pet ownership and to ensure all local laws are being followed.

"Part of the compliance unit's role will be the systematic inspection programs to check dog registration and numbers being kept per household and the condition of residential allotments (e.g. if they are overgrown or unsightly)," she said.

Residents will be alerted by a two week advertising campaign about the start and end dates of the home visits.

However a report will need to be approved by the council before the program begins.

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