Resident found guilty of unapproved property use

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Illegal property use came into focus at the Mandurah Magistrates Court in March where a local resident was found guilty of operating an unapproved motor vehicle repair business from his residential property.

The City of Mandurah proceeded with the investigation, and subsequent legal proceedings, after the residential property was found to have over 20 cars in varying states of repair and extensive activity occurring day and night over an extended period of time.

On March 21, the court sentenced Mathew Gray to $12,000 plus $1745 in court costs after finding the accused guilty of operating an unapproved motor vehicle repair business from his property in breach of the Planning and Development Act 2005.

The City’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Newman advised that these types of businesses are illegal and cause great distress to neighbouring residents.

“The City will take action against operations that are not approved especially where they are clearly not appropriate for the area,” he said.

“The fine and court costs imposed in this instance should serve as a reminder to residents about acceptable property use and their role in helping to maintain a harmonious neighbourhood.”

Illegal property use and unauthorised home occupations can be reported to the City of Mandurah on 9550 3777.