The bankrupt former owner of a Victorian waste facility has been jailed for 90 days after breaching fire safety orders at the debris-laden site.
David McAuliffe immediately lodged an appeal against the custodial sentence at Geelong Magistrates Court on Friday, after magistrate John Lesser deemed a financial penalty would be of little use.
McAuliffe breached Victorian Civil and Administrative orders on three occasions by failing to keep an excavator, bulldozer and water tank on the Lara site for fire prevention.
He pleaded guilty to nine charges, brought by the City of Geelong, of breaching VCAT orders in 2018.
The council is cleaning the site formerly managed by McAuliffe, who is now a declared bankrupt.
His company, C & D Recycling, has become insolvent.
“The whole matter is very regrettable in all sorts of ways,” Mr Lesser said during sentencing.
“In my view there is no alternative but a term of imprisonment in this matter.”
He said McAuliffe had several chances to follow the orders, but he neglected to do so.
Mr Lesser added it was important for people in McAuliffe’s position, dealing with waste products, to follow the rules.
McAuliffe was also ordered to pay the council’s legal costs of $27,000.