Rocky developer ditches high-rise plans after court date
A PROPERTY-DEVELOPER'S bitter dispute over a traffic infringement notice for reversing out of a centre car park ended in Rockhampton Magistrates Court today in favour of police.
James Woolford was issued with a $164 fine for reversing from a car park on East St on August 14 but contested the infringement and took the charge to the courts - only to plead guilty at the first mention.
Mr Woolford said if the charge, which he labelled "stupid", was not dropped, he would withdraw from his voluntary "advisory position within Rockhampton tourism" and drop plans to develop a property on East St for a high-rise development.
"I can say exactly what I mean and that is I will be advising I am going to pull out of all projects in the Rockhampton and Yeppoon area," he said.
"The point of the charge was borderline being ridiculous.
"I think it's absolutely stupid to think they're going to upset tourists to the point of fining them $164.
"It's not a dangerous thing.
"What's the good you're not going to beat them."
The Morning Bulletin understands the property at 20-26 East St was on the market for $2 million several months prior to the initial infringement notice.
The Laidley-based developer said he was not aware of the law and was not able to use a computer to research the rules.
"I went to the library and the only book I could get on the road rules was 'Your Keys to Driving in Queensland' and this does not have a section on parking," a statement Mr Woolford handed up to the Magistrate read.
"As I am unable to use a computer this places me at a disadvantage regarding the rules of the road.
"I would like to place myself at the mercy of the court regarding this matter."
Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll fined Woolford $164 with no conviction recorded.