Media release - Have your say on Murrumbidgee Council's draft Shipping Container policy

Murrumbidgee Council has placed the draft Shipping Container Policy on public exhibition and is inviting comments from the community.

The draft policy provides guidelines for the use and location of shipping containers within the Murrumbidgee Local Government Area (LGA).

Council’s Manager Planning & Environment Kelly Tyson said the policy is designed to clearly state the requirements around the use of shipping containers in our area.

Mrs Tyson said we recognise that shipping containers are a useful option for household storage and other purposes, however it’s important they are designed and placed in appropriate locations.

“Council wants to ensure that the future use of shipping containers do not detrimentally affect the quality of our private and public spaces.

“That way, we can help to make sure our town and rural areas are attractive which entice people to live here, particularly with a view to growing and developing our communities,” Mrs Tyson said.

Elements of the policy are:

  • Some areas are unsuitable for the placement of basic shipping containers and will not be supported, including residential and commercial areas.
  • Development standards must be met when shipping containers are proposed.
  • In most cases, development approval is required to install a shipping container on land and to use it.
  • Sometimes local government approval is required when a shipping container is proposed to be placed on land, even temporarily.

“I encourage people who are considering installing a shipping container to contact Council for further clarification,” Ms Tyson said.

Copies of the draft Shipping Container policy are available at each of the Council offices. It can also be viewed on Council’s website at www.murrumbidgee.nsw.gov.au.