Fine for un­sightly prop­erty

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

THE stor­age of wrecked ve­hi­cles and il­le­gal ma­te­ri­als came into fo­cus at Man­durah Mag­is­trates Court last month when a res­i­dent was found guilty of leav­ing ve­hi­cle wrecks and stor­ing an un­ap­proved sea con­tainer at the front of his Man­durah prop­erty.

Fol­low­ing numer­ous neigh­bour com­plaints and re­peated warn­ings about the state of the prop­erty, the City of Man­durah took le­gal ac­tion against the owner.

Damien Pow­ell was fined $5000 plus $3500 in court costs af­ter he was found guilty of breaches of the Plan­ning and Devel­op­ment Act 2005 and the City’s an­i­mal en­vi­ron­ment and nui­sance lo­cal laws.

City chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark New­man said un­sightly prop­er­ties with wrecked ve­hi­cles and il­le­gal ma­te­ri­als stored in pub­lic view were un­fair to other prop­erty own­ers who made ef­forts to main­tain their amenity.

“The City does not ex­pect per­fect prop­er­ties but when they are clearly an eye­sore, down­grade the neigh­bour­hood and own­ers and oc­cu­piers ig­nore re­quests to com­ply with ba­sic le­gal, then we will take ac­tion, ’’ he said.

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