More than $30,000 in PINs issued to seven arborists for breaching PHOs - Lake Macquarie

Thursday, 02 September 2021 07:41:46 PM

Police have issued more than $30,000 in Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) to a group of arborists who breached Public Health Orders in the Lake Macquarie area.

Yesterday (Wednesday 1 September 2021), police received reports from members of the public via Crime Stoppers about groups of arborists who have been canvassing the Lake Macquarie area for work.

Police spoke with one of the groups today (Thursday 2 September 2021), who told police they had been working in the region on weekdays and returning to Greater Sydney on weekends, including to LGAs of concern.

Inquiries revealed the 27-year-old company owner’s Service NSW permit to leave Greater Sydney to enter Regional NSW contained untrue and inaccurate information.

Further inquiries revealed that the 25-year-old co-owner of the business did not have a permit to leave Greater Sydney for work purposes in Regional NSW, and that other employees hadn’t had a COVID-19 test prior to leaving Greater Sydney, as required under the Public Health Order.

As a result, police issued seven men – aged between 25 and 61 – PINs totalling $33,000 for the offences of:

* Leave Greater Sydney for prescribed purposes without a permit

* Fail to comply with noticed direction in relation to s 7/8/9 – COVID-19

* Not comply with requirements for testing – workers leaving Greater Sydney

* Not ensure true and accurate information provided to Service NSW

All seven men were directed to return to their homes in Greater Sydney.

Investigations into other reports from the community are ongoing.

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.