Bass Coast,

Council Goes To Court

Parking fines, dog related matters, littering, and alcohol possession and consumption were just some of the 120 cases prosecuted by Bass Coast Shire Council in the Korumburra and Wonthaggi Magistrate Courts in 2013/14.

Council’s Acting Community and Ecnonomic Development Director, Antoinette Mitchell, said most cases were for the enforcement of unpaid infringements.

“Local Laws infringements had also been issued to property owners who had failed to keep their land in an acceptable condition,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Unpaid infringements for offences committed under the Food Act 1984 were also enforced in the Magistrates’ Court.

“These included an offence of failing to store potentially hazardous food under temperature control with the operator being fined $1408.”

Ms Mitchell said Council also prosecuted dog owners whose animals had been involved in attacks on persons, sheep and other dogs.

“In the last 12 months, seven dog attack prosecutions have been initiated, with five being found guilty. Two more will be heard in coming weeks,” Ms Mitchell said.

 “One particularly nasty incident occurred when an uncontrolled dog attacked a female person in a wheelchair in McBride Avenue in Wonthaggi.

“The owner of the offending dog was convicted and fined $900.00.”

Council will continue to take enforcement measures in the Magistrates’ Court relating to unpaid infringements and will prosecute owners whose dogs have behaved in a manner that has placed residents or visitors in danger.