THE developers of a troubled Leederville apartment block — including lord mayor Lisa Scaffidi’s husband — are contesting charges over excessive noise.
Last year, neighbours living beside 275 Vincent Street complained to council about work being done outside approved hours (7am to 7pm, Mondays to Saturdays) and the council issued a $250 fine for excessive noise caused by dewatering equipment, threatening a $25,000 fine if the din continued.
Joe Scaffidi, Gareth Lindegger, the company they’re shareholders in PBS Build Pty Ltd, and Mr Predrag Jedinko Turibaka were in court Friday (April 7), all charged with using “equipment which emits unreasonable noise”.
Mr Scaffidi, Mr Lindegger and PBS Build were also charged with failing “without reasonable excuse to comply with noise abatement”.
Mr Scaffidi and Mr Lindegger pleaded not guilty and Mr Turibaka requested more time from the court to seek legal advice.
Magistrate Edward De Vries ordered that Vincent council disclose “documents” to Mr Scaffidi and his associates.
The court has scheduled a trial allocation date—a pre-trial hearing—for July 11.
by DAVID COHEN and DAVID BELL