Man fined over haz­ardous ma­te­rial on prop­erty

Countryman - - NEWS - Ann Rawl­ings

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.

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