Huge fine for non-compliance

RESIDENTS are again being reminded to adhere to Shire of Mundaring's commercial vehicle parking requirements or face hefty fines.

A Chidlow resident was recently fined more than $28,000 for storing dozens of commercial vehicles on his property.

Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Throssell said a property needed to be appropriately zoned to store a large number of truck and sea containers.

Under Local Planning Scheme No. 4, parking a commercial vehicle on a rural or residential lot requires planning approval.

"This resident stored 22 sea containers, 10 trucks, 15 trailers and multiple truck attachments on his property, which is a serious breach of the Local Planning Scheme and inconsistent with the Commercial Vehicle Parking Policy," Mr Throssell said.

"The resident was given multiple warnings but failed to comply, which resulted in the prosecution.

"While the Shire understands the mining downturn has had an impact on some businesses, the policy is in place to protect residents' amenity including noise and visual impacts."

Council adopted a Commercial Vehicle Parking Policy in April. Changes from the previous policy include generally only allowing commercial vehicles to enter or leave a property between 7am and 7pm Monday to Saturday. Small trucks which can be driven with a 'C' class licence but are rated to carry more than 1.5 tonnes are now considered commercial vehicles.

Residents seeking planning approval are required to complete Form 1. For more information phone 9290 6740 or visit www.mundaring.wa.gov.au

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25/05/2016
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