Leda Manorstead was convicted and fined a total of $170,000 in the Land and Environment Court last Friday for failing to comply with its development consent for the Cobaki Estate in Tweed.
The charges related to exceeding the allowable maximum exposed bulk earthworks area and working outside of approved areas.
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Director of Compliance Ben Harrison said the Department welcomed the Court’s decision on 26 March 2021 and said the decision will help deter non-compliance.
“We welcome the court’s decision which reinforces how seriously we take compliance in NSW – we have the toughest penalties in the country for planning offences and act swiftly to ensure the rules are being followed,” Mr Harrison said.
“This decision should serve as a warning to proponents that state significant developments are expected to maintain the highest level of compliance or face enforcement action.
“This financial year alone we’ve carried out more than 200 inspections, finalised in excess of 250 investigations including investigating and responding to 180 complaints.
“We’ve also issued 14 penalty notices, 15 official cautions, and successfully completed one prosecution.
“Our compliance officers are on the ground across the state conducting spot checks of state significant developments to ensure they are complying with their strict conditions. We also work with communities and engage with proponents to ensure they are meeting their obligations."
The community is encouraged to contact the Department with any concerns. Complaints will be investigated by our compliance team. For more information on our compliance activities, please visit planning.nsw.gov.au/compliance