$11.5 mil­lion owed in fines

More than 6800 lag with SPER pay­ment

Isis Town and Country - - News -

IF CRIME does not pay, then nei­ther do many Bund­aberg of­fend­ers.

The most re­cent State Penal­ties En­force­ment Registry fig­ures to Novem­ber 30 last year re­vealed more than 6800 res­i­dents owed more than $11.5 mil­lion.

Those funds could be used to es­tab­lish car­di­ol­ogy ser­vices, a care ser­vice and oph­thal­mol­ogy ser­vice and re­place CT units in the Wide Bay re­gion – and have $400,000 to spare.

That left­over money could mean two more high school teach­ers, two po­lice of­fi­cers and two nurses.

SPER is re­spon­si­ble for the col­lec­tion and en­force­ment of un­paid in­fringe­ment no­tice fines, court-or­dered penal­ties, of­fender debt re­cov­ery or­ders and of­fender levies.

De­spite the num­ber in­volved, the pool of debtors has halved over the past two years.

In Septem­ber, 2014, al­most 7200 peo­ple owed $11.6 mil­lion and in April, 2013, more than 14,000 peo­ple owed $12.7 mil­lion.

Trea­surer Cur­tis Pitt said the state’s to­tal num­ber of un­paid penal­ties reg­is­tered with SPER was more than $1 bil­lion.

About 720,000 peo­ple and com­pa­nies owed money – 500,000 of them in Queens­land.

Those funds could be used to es­tab­lish car­di­ol­ogy ser­vices, a care ser­vice and oph­thal­mol­ogy ser­vice and re­place CT units in the Wide Bay re­gion – and have $400,000 to spare.

PHOTO: PAUL BRAVEN GLA290115FINE

PAY UP: SPER is re­spon­si­ble for the col­lec­tion and en­force­ment of un­paid in­fringe­ment no­tice fines.

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