Pimlico man fined for dumping waste on property
A PIMLICO man has been fined $21,750 for illegally dumping grease trap waste, waste oil and excavation mud on his property.
Both Jayde and Fiona Rose, owners of Ballina Pumping Service, appeared at Ballina Local Court yesterday charged with development otherwise than in accordance with a consent that had been obtained.
The charges related to using their Pimlico Rd property as a waste facility without approval in 2012 to store 15,000 litres of grease trap waste, 10,500 litres of waste oil and 3000 litres of excavation mud.
The court heard no permanent damage was done to the property from dumping the waste.
The couple had both previously entered guilty pleas in the local court to the charges, which carried a maximum penalty of $110,000 each .
When Magistrate David Heilpern dismissed the charge against Mrs Rose he told the court penalising her would be "doubling the penalty in effect".
Mr Heilpern said Mr Rose was responsible for running the business, and described his actions as a "significant breach" and "a deliberate offence".
"In this case we are dealing with a significant operation with substances that are inherently problematic to the environment," he said.
"There is considerable concern in this community about the environment."
"The obvious motive in this case was financial."
In sentencing Mr Rose, Mr Heilpern took into account his early guilty plea, and his co-operation with council. He ordered Mr Rose to pay a fine of $21,750, plus Ballina Shire Council's legal costs of $1600.