Council “opts in” to increase value of infringements
  • Wednesday 26 November 2008

Sunshine Coast Council has considered a recommendation today to increase the value of its infringement notices by 33 percent, in line with the recent decision by the state government.

The increase, which would come into effect from 1 January 2009, was supported by council’s Service Delivery Committee and will now go to the full council for endorsement at next week’s Ordinary Meeting.

The recommendation stems from the state government’s introduction of the “Penalties and Sentences and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2008” into parliament earlier this month to increase the value of a penalty unit from $75 to $100, the first increase since 1999.

The state government has stated that the reforms to the value of penalty units will allow councils the ability to recover revenue lost to the effects of inflation and strengthen the deterrent aspect of fines for those who may consider committing an offence.

Council was given the option by state government of “opting in” to apply this increase to its Local Law penalty provisions, however was cautioned against applying a lesser increase as it would create a two-tired system, leaving council officers in an operationally and administratively difficult position.

Council currently issues infringements and prosecutions for offences under a number of Acts of Parliament and Local Laws.

Council’s Ordinary Meeting will be held at Tewantin Chambers on Thursday 4 December 2008.