Fine for unapproved feedlot

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A Victorian company has been fined $30,000 for building an unauthorised cattle feedlot at Warradarge in WA’s Mid West.

Kalimpa Park Pty Ltd was convicted in the Perth Magistrate’s Court last week for causing a premises to become prescribed without approval, under Section 52 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.

The court was told Kalimpa started building works for a big cattle feedlot in February 2017.

Kalimpa started to build the feedlot before seeking required approvals from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

The company was slapped with a $30,000 fine and ordered to pay court costs of $578.70 and $9063 to the State Government in lieu of the costs of a works approval.

In handing down his decision, Magistrate Richard Bayly said this was a serious breach of the Act, with the potential to cause serious environmental problems.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the fine should act as a deterrent to people who dis-regarded the laws in place to protect the environment.

“This conviction and fine should serve as a timely warning to remind companies and other commercial enterprises of their responsibility to operate within the confines of the Environmental Protection Act,” he said.

Inspections of the property in July 2017 and November 2017 identified deficiencies in the construction.

This included significant erosion as well as dams and infrastructure built to different dimensions and in different locations to plans previously submitted to the department.

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