Department issues $45,000 in fines to major projects in Sydney

Fines worth $45,000 have been issued to developers and major project operators across Sydney by compliance officers from the Department of Planning and Environment, a November Compliance Report shows.

A boat facility at White Bay in Balmain has received a $15,000 from the Department for breaching an approval condition.

Compliance officers found a boat maintenance shed constructed at the Sydney Harbour Boat Storage facility was inconsistent with the approved plans and was constructed in the wrong location.

A spokesperson from the Department said the company cooperated with the investigation and must now pay the $15,000 penalty.

“The developer and a construction company related to the Oakdale Central Distribution Centre in Fairfield both received $15,000 fines,” the spokesperson said.

Compliance officers found developer Goodman had begun works on a distribution warehouse facility before submitting and gaining approval of a Construction Environmental Management Plan from the Department.

Prime Constructions was also found to have started constructing a building at the Oakdale site before a Construction Certificate was obtained. In addition, the required environmental management plans had not been developed prior to the works.

Both Goodman and Prime Constructions cooperated with the Department’s investigations.

Goodman immediately ceased all construction works on the site and has now gained approval of the required Construction Environmental Management Plan.

Prime Constructions has obtained a construction certificate and approval of relevant environmental management plans, allowing them to proceed with further works.

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

“The community is encouraged to contact the Department with compliance concerns. Complaints will be investigated.”

The November Compliance report is available on the Department’s website

https://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Assess-and-Regulate/Compliance-functions/Compliance-reports