Qld police issue fine over super-yacht border breach

POLICE have issued an on-the-spot fine to those on board the super-yacht which sailed from Melbourne to the Gold Coast.

An investigation was launched after it was revealed Melbourne millionaire Mark Simonds and his family made several stops along the east coast before arriving in Queensland.

The seven people on board the Lady Pamela were initially granted an exemption to travel into the state to have repair works done on the yacht, providing they spent the 14-day quarantine period at sea.


The Queensland Chief Health Officer revoked their exemption following widespread outrage from the community and after learning they may have docked six times in New South Wales.

The group were instead ordered into hotel quarantine at their own expense.

On Thursday, Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski confirmed they had only issued one fine over the incident but more penalties could be on the way.

“With respect to the investigation of Lady Pamela we have issued an on-the-spot fine at the moment, however, that investigation is ongoing,” Commissioner Gollschewski said.

Asked if more fines were likely to be handed out, he refused to comment further.

“There remains a criminal investigation as well and that may take some time to work through.”