Horsham crackdown on private car sales on council land

HORSHAM Rural City council is cracking down on people advertising vehicles for private sale on council land.

Council’s planning and economic director Tony Bawden said there was a history of residents displaying vehicles for sale on streets within the Horsham township.

“Council’s local law states that a person must not display, sell or offer without a permit for sale any vehicle or goods, including raffle tickets, on a road or municipal place,” he said.

“People who break the local law can be issued with a penalty notice for $150.

“With regard to vehicles in particular, there has periodically been a proliferation of cars for sale on Natimuk Road.

“Council has had success with action taken by officers to address this.

“Issues that have arisen over the sale of vehicles and goods on Longerenong Road during the Wimmera Machinery Field Days has also been addressed and action taken by officers.”

Mr Bawden said local laws governed areas council believed were a source of nuisance or were an issue for the community.

“The Natimuk Road car lot – or whatever it is being referred to as – is one of those examples,” he said.

“If someone has a sign on their car and they drive to work and park in their normal place, we don’t see that as a public nuisance.

“We use our discretion in enforcing the local law.”

Cr Mark Radford said vehicles advertised for private sale along Natimuk Road created an amenity issue at the city’s western entrance.

“Good old ‘Natimuk Road Motors’ has been interesting to watch in the past 12 months or so,” he said.

“We’ve had cars, boats, caravans, utes and trailers for sale. 

“There was a jet ski for sale as well as a number of motorbikes over a period of time.

“Our local law says that shouldn’t be happening and we need to be a bit tighter on that regulation.”

Cr Radford said the situation created a fundraising opportunity.

“If people would like to sell their goods privately, I see an opportunity for a service club or a market or another group to make a space available every so often for the sale of vehicles,” he said.

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