Lat­i­tude 16 fined af­ter court date

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

PORT Dou­glas ac­com­mo­da­tion man­age­ment com­pany Lat­i­tude 16 and its di­rec­tors have been fined a to­tal of $24,000 af­ter be­ing charged with sev­eral of­fences in­clud­ing fail­ing to com­ply with re­quire­ments of the Property Agents and Mo­tor Deal­ers Act.

On Fe­bru­ary 4, the di­rec­tors Christo­pher and Lorna Duffy faced the Cairns Mag­is­trates Court with their com­pany Lat­i­tude 16 Pty Ltd.

The com­pany cur­rently man­ages nine prop­er­ties in the Dou­glas Shire, mainly in Port Dou­glas and is un­der­stood to be worth over $3 mil­lion.

Lat­i­tude 16 was orig­i­nally charged with 10 of­fences but the court dis­missed seven of them when the prose­cu­tion de­cided not to press them and of­fered no ev­i­dence.

Christo­pher and Lorna Duffy also faced the Cairns Mag­is­trates’ Court on 13 charges each but the Court again dis­missed the bulk of them when no ev­i­dence was of­fered.

The com­pany and the di­rec­tors were found guilty of two counts of mak­ing false or mis­lead­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion that per­son mak­ing the rep­re­sen­ta­tion has a spon­sor’s ap­proval or af­fil­i­a­tion and one count of an Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer fail­ing to en­sure cor­po­ra­tion com­plied with re­quire­ments of the Property Agents and Mo­tor Deal­ers Act 2000.

The com­pany was fined $16,000, Mr Duffy was fined $3000 and Mrs Duffy was fined $5000. No con­vic­tions were recorded.


Lorna and Christo­pher Duffy

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