June 25, 2013
Five landowners were fined in the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court last week for failing to control serrated tussock on their Melton properties.
One property, which has four owners, was found guilty of not complying with a legal notice to control serrated tussock.
The land owners were ordered to pay over $17,000 in costs and received a $2,000 fine.
Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) Biosecurity Area Manager, Chelsea Wardrope said the Department was forced to undertake the serrated tussock control works on the property after the landowners failed to do so.
The landowner of a second property was also found guilty of not complying with a legal notice in the time specified and was fined $250.
Ms Wardrope said that in each case, the landowners were fined because they failed to meet their obligations to control serrated tussock on their properties.
“Landowners have a legal responsibility to manage pest plants and animals on their property.
“This is to protect neighbouring farms and minimise the impacts of pest plants and animals on agriculture production and the natural environment,” she 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.”