City investigates raided farms

City investigates raided farms

Wanneroo’s city businesses director Chris Morrison said police operations had targeted several properties in Carabooda and surrounding suburbs since Saturday.

‘The city has carried out numerous inspections on various related properties over the years,’ he said.

‘The city’s health services team has taken legal action, under the Health Act 1911, against the Le family and/or their associated companies on one previous occasion.

‘(The team has) issued at least five health notices and is currently undertaking another legal action relating to four separate properties.’ Mr Morrison said the city was reviewing evidence relating to buildings to determine whether the city’s approval was needed and, if so, if it had been obtained and complied with.

‘This work will take some time for the city to complete,’ he said.

‘Over the years, the city has granted various approvals for the respective properties, though it is premature at this stage to release details of those until an exhaustive search has been completed.

‘The city is prepared to provide this information once that data capture is completed.’

Mr Morrison said the city became aware of the operation a few days before the searches through normal inter-agency communication. Mayor Tracey Roberts, who was in Melbourne for the Local Government Managers Australia congress, was informed last Friday evening.

‘This information was distributed to only a few officers at the request of the police to maintain operational security,’ he said.

The director said the city could not speculate on the potential impact it would have on the Wanneroo community or market gardening industry.