This morning the case against Universal Metals Pty Ltd (trading as Southern Rocycling) in regard to breaches of the Maroondah Planning Scheme and the Health Act 1958 was heard before the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court.
While Doug Rowe, the Director of the company, did not attend court, Universal Metals did plead guilty to the breaches of the Maroondah Planning Scheme and the Health Act that occurred due to the noise associated with the delivery of pig iron back in January this year.
While no convictions were recorded, the Magistrate fined Southern Rocycling $6,000 and Doug Rowe $1,000 in addition to being required to $5,000 of Council’s court costs.
While the monetary amount may be seen as being low, the penalties prescribed in the Health Act ($1000 a day) are controlled by State Government legislation. The fact that the magistrate found in favour of council demonstrates that residents had a legitimate concern in regard to the excessive noise that was caused by Southern Rocycling in January of this year.
This verdict should act as a deterrent not only to Southern Rocycling but also to other operators who adversely affect the amenity of their community.
I would like to once again thank residents for their patience and cooperation in securing this successful verdict and for the residents who attended the hearing. I hope this result will ensure that they are provided with peace and quiet throughout the night.