A RAINBOW Beach business man whose annual Christmas party annoyed residents with loud music and cars doing burnouts was fined $600 in Gympie Magistrates Court this week.
When officers charged Rob Rye, 62, with contravening a police direction to abate excessive noise, they said at his age he should be over doing burnouts.
Rye said he would still be doing them at 80 and explained that he had run these parties for 20 to 30 years without any issues. The court heard Rye’s mechanical business specialised in performance vehicles and it was likely new residential developments nearby had resulted in the noise no longer being acceptable.
To his credit, after the first warning from police on December 18, Rye locked the gates to the yard so guests could not take their cars out on the road but the music continued into the morning.
The magistrate said being young-at-heart didn’t mean acting like a 17-year-old and listed five driving offences on Rye’s traffic history.