Tidy up or pay up, says City

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News -

Kwinana res­i­dents are be­ing urged to tidy up or pay up by the City.

As part of ef­forts to en­hance its neigh­bour­hoods, the City of Kwinana has taken ac­tion against own­ers whose prop­er­ties re­main ex­ces­sively un­tidy de­spite warn­ings.

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said prop­erty com­pli­ance is­sues were taken very se­ri­ously.

“In the first in­stance we al­ways en­deav­our to work with home­own­ers to ad­dress any com­pli­ance is­sues, in­clud­ing al­low­ing a very rea­son­able amount of time to cor­rect th­ese is­sues,” she said.

“How­ever when th­ese is­sues are not ad­dressed, the City has no choice but to take ac­tion.”

Re­cently the City was suc­cess­ful in fin­ing the owner of an Ore­lia prop­erty af­ter they re­peat­edly failed to com­ply with no­tices is­sued un­der the Lo­cal Govern­ment Act re­quest­ing the re­moval of over­grown veg­e­ta­tion, rub­bish, dis­used ma­te­rial and un­reg­is­tered or wrecked ve­hi­cles.

Af­ter the no­tices were not acted upon, the City pur­sued le­gal pro­ceed­ings, re­sult­ing in a penalty of more than $5000 be­ing is­sued by the court against the owner.

The ac­cu­mu­la­tion of dis­used ve­hi­cles, rub­bish and over­grown grass can cause ma­jor is­sues be­yond un­tidy ap­pear­ances, in­clud­ing cre­at­ing fire haz­ards, be­com­ing breed­ing grounds for pests and plac­ing the health and safety of neigh­bours at risk.

“I en­cour­age all Kwinana res­i­dents to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the tidi­ness and safety of their own prop­er­ties, and re­mem­ber that penal­ties can be im­posed for ig­nor­ing no­tices is­sued by the City,” Cr Adams said.

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