Tidy up or pay up, says City
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.