West Australian dad faces jail time for building a bridge on property trends now

West Australian dad faces jail time for building a bridge on property trends now
West Australian dad faces jail time for building a bridge on property trends now

West Australian dad faces jail time for building a bridge on property trends now

A prominent real estate agent accused of breaching cultural heritage laws by building a concrete bridge on his rural property could face jail time and a $20,000 fine for allegedly disrupting the 'Rainbow Serpent' in the area.

Tony Maddox allegedly broke cultural heritage law when he built the creek crossing on his sprawling property in Toodyay, 85km northwest of Perth

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage charged the Western Australian man with breaching the state's Aboriginal Heritage Act last February. 

The department claims the concrete bridge disturbed Waugul – a rainbow serpent central to mythology for Noongar people - after the landowner removed a large amount of silt from the creek running through his property. 

Mr Maddox has spent a year off work to fight the charge, arguing he had no prior knowledge that a cultural heritage act applied to the creek on his property. 

He has decided to fight the charges, despite admitting the year-long legal battle had 'knocked the hell out of me as a human being'. 

'I literally haven't worked all year, I've been fighting this for a year. This just destroys your heart. Destroys your head, destroys your soul,' the agent told Sky News

'And what is the outcome? The outcome is going to be an awful lot of money piling up. For what? 

'Even if I am found guilty, there is nothing in the Act that tells them they have the power to ask me to remove the crossing.'

Tony Maddox (pictured) allegedly broke a cultural heritage law when he built a creek crossing at his sprawling property in Toodyay, about 85km northwest of Perth, Western Australia

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage claims the concrete bridge (pictured) disrupted Waugul – a rainbow serpent central to mythology for

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