Mackay Regional Council is seeking an order to enter a Slade Point property on Keswick Street
Mackay Regional Council is seeking an order to enter a Slade Point property on Keswick Street

Council seeks court orders against Slade Point property

A Slade Point ‘hobbyist’ has argued against orders allowing council workers to enter his property and tidy up.

Mackay Magistrates Court heard there were hundreds of tyres, numerous car bodies and other materials scattered throughout the Keswick Street yard prompting complaints to Mackay Regional Council.

“This had been ongoing for a number of years,” solicitor Kate Bone, acting for the council, said.

But property owner Laurie William Genrich, who self represented in court, claimed he had taken steps to remove the clutter.

Mackay Regional Council has sought court orders to enter the property, with police help if needed, and tidy up.

“At Mr Genrich‘s cost,” Magistrate James Morton said.

“That’s right,” Ms Bone said.

Ms Bone told the court a council officer had gone to the property on Monday and taken photos from the front yard.

Mackay Regional Council is seeking an order to enter a Slade Point property on Keswick Street
Mackay Regional Council is seeking an order to enter a Slade Point property on Keswick Street

More stories:

‘It’s just a rotten number that you’ve drawn out of the hat’

Mackay man’s frank message for COVID-19 anti-vaxxers

“As you can see there’s numerous car bodies on the property,” she said.

“There’s also photos of many loose objects and materials.”

Ms Bone said the council had previously obtained warrants to inspect the back yard which was piled with “hundreds of car tyres and … materials, various motorbikes and parts”.

“The issue for council is … it‘s received complaints previously about the property,” Ms Bone said.

“Numerous periods have been given for the property to be tidied and to date that hasn’t been complied with.”

The court heard there was a section under local laws that dealt with unsightly residences “which are likely to attract and harbour reptiles”.

But Mr Genrich said he had already had a conversation with the council about the tyres.

“They will be removed,” he said, adding he had recent photos from Monday as well showing improvements to the address.

Mackay Regional Council is seeking an order to enter a Slade Point property on Keswick Street
Mackay Regional Council is seeking an order to enter a Slade Point property on Keswick Street

Subscriber benefits:

How to activate your free Courier-Mail subscription

Your dose of Harry Bruce cartoons

“There was a car body there and that has since been removed.”

Mr Genrich said he had another car body that had been put on a trailer “over the last weekend” and now all the vehicles on his property were ”all on wheels and drivable”

Magistrate James Morton asked if Mr Genrich was running a car yard from his house.

“No no I’m just a car hobbyist,” Mr Genrich said, adding he had BMWs, RX7s and an 82 Camaro.

“There‘s two I’m in the process of selling, they’re old utes … and they’re going to be gone off the property.”
Mr Genrich said some of his other vehicles would be moving to a property at Kingaroy.

Matters were adjourned until April so council workers could return to the property to see if court orders were still necessary.


FREE: Your guide to ANZAC Day services across the Maranoa

FREE: Your guide to ANZAC Day services across the Maranoa

FREE TO READ: Find out all the times and locations for ANZAC Day services across...

UPDATE: Driver appears uninjured after cattle truck rollover

Premium Content UPDATE: Driver appears uninjured after cattle truck rollover

Police say the driver of a cattle truck appears to be uninjured after the vehicle...

‘Big, big news’: Cop-killer’s chilling warning

Premium Content ‘Big, big news’: Cop-killer’s chilling warning

A day later, he would shoot and kill Senior Constable Brett Forte