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Departmental Media Release

Department fines supermarket giant in September

  • Date: 31.10.2017
  • Type: Departmental Media Release
  • Author: Department of Planning and Environment
Australia's biggest supermarket chain was one of eight operators fined by NSW Department of Planning and Environment compliance officers in September.

Woolworths was issued with a $15,000 fine for failing to plant trees in accordance with approval of their Vincentia store, and install a visual screen for the loading dock.

The Department’s Executive Director of Resource Assessments and Compliance, Dr Oliver Holm, said the Department’s latest compliance report shows 10 penalties totalling $138,000 were issued across the state last month.

“Our job is to enforce the conditions of consent for all projects and take the necessary action when these aren’t followed,” Dr Holm said.

“In the case of Woolworths, the company has to plant the required trees by the end of 2017 and install visual screening at their Vincentia store loading dock.”

The Department visited 97 sites in September, including a range of infrastructure projects, mines, quarries, residential and commercial projects.

“Our compliance officers review reports, conduct audits and undertake spot checks without warning, as well as work with companies to ensure they are sticking to the rules,” Dr Holm said.

“The community is encouraged to contact the Department with any concerns, complaints will be investigated by our compliance team.

“This month a community complaint led to a $15,000 fine at the Eastlakes Shopping Centre redevelopment over dust leaving the site due to demolition works.

“The company cooperated with our investigation and has since implemented a site wide sprinkler system to minimise wind-blown dust.”

The full September Compliance Report can be read on the Department’s website.

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