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Church in Tasmania facing fine over monument damage


The Tasmanian Heritage Council says the Catholic Church could face a substantial fine for damaging an historic monument at Our Lady of Mercy School at Deloraine in the north of the state.

The monument was smashed when bulldozers went to the site on Wednesday, a move which the Tasmanian Heritage Council says breaches a prior agreement.

The Council's chairman, Peter James told that ABC that the monument is a memorial to the district's Catholic pioneers and its destruction could prove costly for the church.

"The Heritage Act provides for penalties of up to $500,000 for any individual who was involved in an act of vandalism like that and up to a million dollars for an organisation," Mr James said.

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ABC

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Our Lady of Mercy, Deloraine
Archdiocese of Hobart
Tasmanian Heritage Council

7 Feb 2003