June 18, 2013
Two companies were convicted and fined in the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court last week for failing to control serrated tussock on their Melton properties.
Rainn Pty Ltd was found guilty of not complying with a legal notice to control serrated tussock.
The company was ordered to pay almost $11,000 in costs. The company also received a $10,000 fine and a conviction.
Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) Biosecurity Officer Deven McPhan said the Department was forced to undertake the serrated tussock control works on this property after the company failed to do so.
A second company, Update Pty Ltd, was found guilty of not complying with a legal notice in the time specified and was fined $1,000 and received a conviction.
Mr McPhan said the landowners were fined because they failed to meet their obligations to control serrated tussock on their properties.
“Two other landholders in Melton have also failed to meet the requirements of Land Management Notices, and now face prosecution under the provisions of the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994,” he said.
“We have a clear message from the community that they want DEPI to enforce action on priority species such as serrated tussock, and support community led efforts.”