Fine for unsightly property
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.