A company which failed to keep public roads surrounding its residential complex development in Tweed Heads clear and clean from dirt transported by its construction trucks has been fined $15,000.
The fine to Property Project No 88 Pty Ltd for failing to meet a condition of project approval at the Fraser Drive project in Tweed Heads, came after a joint investigation by the Department Planning and Environment and Tweed Shire Council.
Council officers had observed a significant amount of dirt deposited by the construction vehicles on public roadways surrounding the site..
A joint investigation by the Department of Planning and Environment and Tweed Shire Council found public roads used by the company’s construction vehicles were not kept clear and clean.
Council officers observed a significant amount of dirt deposited by construction vehicles on public roadways surrounding the site, found to be a result of unauthorised vehicle access to the site and not cleaning the vehicles before leaving the site.
A departmental spokesperson said that as a condition of project approval, the company had to ensure surrounding roads used by construction vehiclesweare kept clean.
‘Property Project No 88 Pty Ltd and the contractor, Boyds Bay Landscaping, both cooperated with the compliance investigation,’ the spokesperson said.
‘In response, the company has cleaned the roads and restored authorised vehicle access to the site.
‘In addition, the department issued an official caution to Boyds Bay Landscaping for breaching the same condition.
‘Our compliance officers review reports and conduct audits, undertake spot checks without warning, as well as work with companies to ensure they are sticking to the rules.
‘The department can issue the highest on-the-spot fines in the country for breaches of conditions.
‘Companies can also be prosecuted in court for breaching conditions, with the most severe breaches attracting fines of up to $5 million.
‘Community members are encouraged to contact the compliance officers with concerns about major projects in their neighbourhood,’ the spokesperson said.