The private land on the corner of Barolin and Walker streets has a new warning sign erected. Photo: Ashley Clark
The private land on the corner of Barolin and Walker streets has a new warning sign erected. Photo: Ashley Clark

Owners of vacant lot warn off car sellers

OWNERS of the private land on the corner of Barolin and Walker streets have taken a stand against drivers trying to sell vehicles on their vacant block.

A warning sign was erected late last week after a number of vehicles were stationed at the property.

This has come after Bundaberg Regional Council cracked down on offenders at the beginning of this year, warning vehicle owners of the penalties involved in selling a car on council, state or private land.

A council spokesman said issues with the use of private property arise when the site is used for the multiple sale of vehicles, which raises concerns of a material change of use of the land.

"Single sales of vehicles are generally viewed as a domestic use of the property," the spokesman said.

"Owners of private property remain liable for any uses incurred on their properties."

The offence is a breach under the Sustainable Planning Act 200 and may result in hefty fines for vehicle and land owners.

"The current fine is $227, but Council prefers to contact owners of vehicles and provide them with the opportunity to remove their vehicles," the spokesman said.

"Repeat offenders may not be dealt with so leniently."

Council has maintained a number of signs warning against the practice in 'hot spot' areas, including Childers Rd, Enterprise St, Johnston St, Bargara Rd, Woongarra Scenic Dr, Bundaberg-Gin Gin Rd and the Isis Highway.

Vehicle owners have steered clear of the vacant block on Barolin and Walker streets since a warning sign was fixed on the site last Friday.

The NewsMail understands the land is owned by the same owners of the Bundaberg Motor Group car dealership.

They could not be reached for comment at time of writing.