Costs handed down against Casino childcare operator
A CASINO childcare operator will have to fork out $12,000 in legal costs after being convicted of failing to report hazards that left children at the centre in harm's way, a court has heard.
The operator of Rainbow Station Early Education Centre in Casino, LPN Childcare Pty Ltd ATF Liesl Pyke-Nott Family Trust, was found guilty earlier this year of not protecting children from harm or hazard and failing to notify the regulatory authority about complaints raised.
Its director Liesl Pyke-Nott, 46, was also found guilty at that time of giving false information in an interview, where she was queried about the employment record of one staff member, and two counts of liability when body corporate contravenes.
At a costs application in the case in Sydney on Tuesday, Magistrate Brett Thomas ordered LPN Childcare Pty Ltd ATF Liesl Pyke-Nott Family Trust and Liesl Pyke-Nott to pay $4,000 for each of the matters made out against the respective defendants.
Magistrate Thomas ordered the prosecution, the NSW Department of Education, to pay the defendants $4,000 for each of three matters that were dismissed on an earlier occasion.
"The evidence was insufficient to shoot home responsibility to Ms Pyke-Nott," Magistrate Thomas told Sydney Local Court.
As a result, the court heard that the "net position" of the defendants on costs was that Ms Pyke-Nott would have to pay $4000, while the company that operated the centre would have to pay $8000.
In handing down his order, Magistrate Thomas said he sought to deliver a "just and reasonable" outcome, taking into account that all nine matters were dealt with "globally" at one hearing, the fact that the prosecution succeeded in six matters but not in the other three, that there was one investigation and there existed "huge overlap" between the matters.
In March, the company was convicted and ordered to pay a total of $7000, while Ms Pyke-Nott was convicted and ordered to pay a total of $3000.