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Unlicensed dealer fined

Brent Ray Willoughby of Trigg has pleaded guilty in the Perth Court of Petty Sessions to unlicensed dealing under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act 1973 and has been fined $1,500 with $15,700 in daily penalties and $300 costs.

Mr Willoughby, who has two previous convictions for similar offences, in 1991 and 1995, applied to the Motor Vehicle Dealers Licensing Board for a salesman’s licence in 1996 but was refused.

The maximum fine for unlicensed dealing is $3,000, plus $100 per day, but legislative amendments will provide for fines of up to $50,000 and penalties of $1,000 per day.

Firewood provider prosecuted

Orange Grove Garden and Wood Supply and its proprietor William Charles Thompson have been prosecuted in the Perth Court of Petty Sessions for supplying firewood that was not of the agreed amount and description.

Mr Thompson and his company were each fined $800 and $500 each in costs.

One customer had allegedly paid almost $200 for two tonnes of firewood, which was underweight by more than 600kg and not of the quality ordered and paid for.

This is the second time in two years that the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection has prosecuted Mr Thompson.

The first offence in May 2001 attracted an $800 fine and $396 in costs.

Holiday trading hours confirmed

Trading hours in the Perth Tourism Precinct and throughout the metropolitan area over the next two weeks are:

• Thursday            17 April     Late night trading to 9.00pm including the Perth

                        Tourism Precinct.

• Friday            18 April     Public Holiday – Closed

• Saturday            19 April     Normal trading

• Sunday            20 April     12 noon to 6.00 pm Perth and Fremantle

                        Tourism Precincts.

• Monday            21 April     Public Holiday – Closed

• Tuesday            22 April     Normal trading

• Wednesday            23 April     Normal trading

• Thursday            24 April     Late night trading, including the Perth Tourism

                        Precinct.

• Friday            25 April     Public Holiday - Closed

The arrangements for Easter and Anzac Day trading do not apply to traders who operate as Exempted General Shops and Special Shops.

Information on retail trading arrangements in regional Western Australia is available from 9282 0841 and 1300 30 40 54.

FuelWatch to expand

FuelWatch will be extended to 25 new town sites and five local government districts next month, following a community survey.

This means prices for an additional 119 sites will be included in the FuelWatch database.

The new districts and towns are: Augusta-Margaret River, Busselton, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Donnybrook-Ballingup, Manjimup; and Cataby, Coolgardie, Cunderdin, Dalwallinu, Denmark, Derby, Dongara Eneabba, Exmouth, Fitzroy Crossing, Jurien, Kambalda/Kambalda West, Kellerberrin, Kojonup, Meekatharra, Moora, Newman, Norseman, Ravensthorpe, Southern Cross, Tammin, Mt Barker, Williams, Wubin, and York.

Towns opting not to be part of FuelWatch include; Gingin, Gnowangerup, Halls Creek, Jerramungup, Katanning, Kalbarri, Lancelin, Merredin, Mt Magnet, Northampton, Ongerup, and Toodyay.

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