ILLEGAL property use came into focus at Mandurah Magistrates Court when 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 more than 20 cars in varying states of repair and extensive activity occurring day and night over an extended period.
On March 21, the court fined Wannanup resident Mathew Gray $12,000 plus $1745 in court costs after finding him guilty of operating an unapproved motor vehicle repair business from his property in breach of the Planning and Development Act 2005.
City chief executive Mark Newman said such businesses were illegal and caused great distress to neighbours.
He said the council would take action against operations not approved, particularly when they were clearly not appropriate to the area.
“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,” he said.
Illegal property use and unauthorised home occupations should be reported to the City of Mandurah on 9550 3777.