Police drop charge against Mandurah Australian of the Year.
POLICE have dropped a charge against Mandurah Citizen of the Year Allison Dixon, claiming pursuing the charge was not in the public interest.
Ms Dixon was charged in June with failing to obey an officer’s request to remain away from a prescribed burns site in Erskine. Mandurah officer-in-charge Darren Hart said no interest resided in proceeding with the charge, although the evidence was quite strong.
“It was dropped based on the fact we didn’t think it was in the public interest to continue with the prosecution,” he said.
Ms Dixon told the Times in June she was ordered to move on by police during prescribed burns in Erskine on May 16.
Ms Dixon, who describes herself as a fauna relocator and carer, visited the prescribed burns area, which was about 100m long and 10m wide, after she saw thick smoke.
She said the prescribed burns were occurring directly behind a wetland ecosystem.
She was ordered to move on from the park and claims she complied, but revisited the area a few hours later that same day.
She said she was helping to move a fire hose to extinguish prescribed burns in a possum-inhabited marri tree at Len Howard Conservation Park.
The charges were dropped on June 27 and were formally dropped in Mandurah Magistrates Court last Friday.
“I expected it – it’s not a badge of honour,” Ms Dixon said.
“What the officer saw that night and interpreted was different to what I did.”
Ms Dixon said she made submissions to the prosecution to drop the charge.
“My submissions made to police were that I wasn’t interfering in putting out the fire in any shape or form,” she said.
Allison Dixon had been ordered to move on by police during prescribed burns in Erskine on May 16. d483485