Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Businessman Angry at Expensive Council Case

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Businessman Angry at Expensive Council Case

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Byline: JANINE HILL

A BUSINESSMAN has claimed that the Sunshine Coast Council wasted thousands of dollars taking him to court to achieve what it could have had for free at least a month ago.

Marios Constantinides, managing director of MC Property Investments, reached agreement with the council prior to a court hearing yesterday on a payment plan for almost $72,000 in headworks charges.

His company has paid $10,000 already and will pay the remainder, with interest, in five instalments between now and next year.

The payment plan was agreed upon after hearings in the Planning and Environment Court on February 10 and yesterday.

But Mr Constantinides said he made a similar offer late last year to pay the money in instalments in half the time.

He said the council had wasted money sending two legal eagles to court for two days to achieve what could have been agreed outside court.

aThey've spent $16,000 to get what I asked them to do,a he said. …

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