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Failure to control gorse costs landowner $5,700

A Glenlyon landowner has been ordered to pay $500 in fines and costs of more than $5,200 to the Department of Primary Industries (DPI). The landowner recently pleaded guilty in the Kyneton Magistrates’ Court to charges of failing to comply with two Land Management Notices (LMN) issued by DPI. DPI incurred the costs as part of a compliance entry it undertook on the property to ensure the requirements of LMN’s issued by its authorised officer were met. The magistrate informed the landowner that he had been given ample opportunity to have the works completed and had failed in his responsibility to control gorse on his property. He stated that while he understood that the landowner may have experienced some frustrations in dealing with the bureaucracy, it was still clear the efforts he made to get the works completed were inadequate. The magistrate also noted that the landholder had made little or no effort to respond to the numerous letters and notices which DPI had sent him. DPI Biosecurity Officer Jess Siedel said the property was included in a gorse compliance program requested by the Upper Loddon Glenlyon Landcare group. She said a number of landowners were issued legal notices requiring them to carry out gorse control work. Landowners have a legal responsibility to manage pest plants and animals on their properties to ensure they don’t adversely affect agricultural production on neighbouring farms or impact on the natural environment. Ms Seidel said landowners who failed to meet the requirements of Land Management Notices will be prosecuted under the Catchment and Land Protection Act. “In these cases we need to protect the investment in gorse control made by the wider community by enforcing legal requirements to control gorse.”

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