Farmer fined $36,000 for holding an unapproved party

KEVIN Jenner has copped a $36,000 fine for allowing his land to be used for an unapproved doof party.

His Seery Rd property at Kippenduff, near Busbys Flat, has approval for two events every year for the next five years.

Rabbits Eat Lettuce had sought and been given council approval to hold events at the Kippenduff property.

The doof party he received the fine for was because the organisers did not lodge a DA with Richmond Valley Council and did not have approval for the party.

"I didn't deliberately break council laws," Mr Jenner said.

"The judge is trying to use me as a deterrent to other people."

Mr Jenner is appealing the fine.

He owns three properties and said he had made doofs safe and cleaned up the doof scene.

"The last party we talked to the police about the noise and worked with council," he said.

"I don't have a problem with the council."

It is the judge's five-page report that has Mr Jenner furious.

"I never had a chance to have my say," he said.

Richmond Valley Council general manager Vaughan McDonald said the court had considered the case and there were obviously no approvals in place.

"If you want to hold events you have go through the proper approval process as required by New South Wales law," Mr McDonald said.

"The council will be supportive of this."



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