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$250,000 fine issued for demolition of heritage listed site

In prosecution proceedings conducted by Pikes & Verekers, the Land and Environment Court fined a developer $150,000 and his company another $50,000. The Court also fined the company that managed the development $50,000.

Justice Biscoe said Mr Gertos, the sole director of the company that owned the land, was the "guiding mind" in the decision to demolish the southern facade despite knowing it to be contrary to development consent.

In sentencing Mr Gertos, the Court found that he acted out of financial gain and had not expressed any remorse. The Court also found that the demolition caused "substantial environmental harm" because the facade had "distinctive character and historical value".

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