Courtroom win: building company fined and convicted on 8 charges


A building company operating in Raymond Terrace has been ordered to pay nearly $30,000 in fines and costs and has been criminally convicted on 8 charges.

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After a long investigation by Port Stephens Council’s rangers, the building company was found guilty of pollution offences and failure to comply with development conditions. The company was ordered to pay fines and costs of nearly $30,000.

The offences took place over a 2 year period while the company constructed a series of residential dwellings in Raymond Terrace.

After submissions from Port Stephens Council rangers and a number of appearances in Court, a plea deal was accepted by both parties and the matters were listed for sentencing.

Council’s Environmental Health and Compliance Coordinator Marc Goodall says it’s a good outcome for the community.

“Port Stephens Council places a high priority on protecting the environment and responding to pollution events.

“This conviction by the Local Court is a great win for Council and the community, and supports our approach to ensuring builders comply with the law,” he said.

“This is a timely reminder to all builders in Port Stephens to act responsibly and protect the environment — or face the consequences.

“If builders are not sure about their responsibilities under the environmental legislation, they can contact us here at Council,” he added.

The building company has taken action to clean up the site and remedy the pollution events.

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