Man fined over hazardous material on property
A Pinjar man was fined $6000 in Perth Magistrate’s Court last week for failing to remove hazardous material from his animal enclosures.
The rubbish, which included corrugated iron, wire mesh and wooden pallets, was found within several enclosures on the property in mid-2015 by a Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development inspector.
The 68-year-old livestock owner, who keeps sheep, cattle, pigs and poultry on his property, was subsequently issued with four direction notices in August of that year, ordering him to remove the potentially harmful items.
However, the man was found to have not complied with the direction notices, issued under the Animal Welfare Act 2002, in several follow-up visits by the livestock inspector.
On Thursday last week, the magistrate also ordered the man to pay $4000 in legal costs, directing him to either remove the material or de-stock by November 2.
DPIRD principal compliance inspector Charlotte McIntyre said the successful conviction was a reminder that directions from Livestock Compliance Unit inspectors regarding animal welfare were serious.
“On this occasion, while the state of the enclosures was hazardous to the animals, the offender was given ample time to rectify them,” she said.