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Costly outcome for owner of boats left in Moreton Bay Marine Park

28 September 2017

A boat owner has been fined $2000 plus costs and ordered to remove two vessels from the Moreton Bay Marine Park after a three-day hearing in the Cleveland Magistrates Court.

No conviction was recorded against the boat owner who was found guilty of two offences under the Marine Parks Regulation 2006. In addition to the $2000 fine the boat owner was ordered to pay legal costs of $3,000 and investigation costs of $1,500.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Executive Director GBR Marine Coastal and Island Neil Cambourn said the vessels had been left in the marine park and were observed by rangers in 2014.

"The boat owner was issued with compliance notices to remove the boats but had failed to do so. He was also issued with penalty infringement notices which he elected to contest," Mr Cambourn said.

"This matter has taken a long time to resolve and has involved a large number of QPWS officers, many of whom were required to give evidence to the court.

"This is a welcome result at the end of a long investigation and I’m delighted that the magistrate mentioned the consistency and credibility of the evidence presented by the QPWS officers."

Mr Cambourn said the magistrate had also noted the continuing nature of the offending, as well as the opportunities given to the boat owner to remove the vessels.

The magistrate also said that the fine and costs were discounted to enable funds to be directed at removing the vessels.

The boat owner is required to remove one of the vessels by 9 November 2017 and the other by 21 December 2017.

"This is an important result for the marine park and sends a clear message that leaving unwanted boats and other items in a protected area will not be tolerated," Mr Cambourn said.

Last updated
28 September 2017