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Warrnambool mayor spotted having a beer in the street cops $1652 fine

The mayor of a city in Victoria’s south-west has been slapped with a $1652 fine and says he is “genuinely sorry” for breaching social distancing laws after he was photographed drinking a beer on the street with three men.

Police began investigating Tony Herbert, mayor of the City of Warrnambool, after a passerby noticed him drinking outside the Whalers Hotel while talking with some people amid the state’s COVID-19 restrictions.

City of Warrnambool mayor Tony Herbert.

City of Warrnambool mayor Tony Herbert.Credit: 

The picture, taken by the passerby about 9pm last Tuesday, showed Cr Herbert standing next to his mayoral car, which appeared to be illegally parked and facing oncoming traffic.

In a statement later sent to The Age, Cr Herbert said he stopped for a brief and “unplanned encounter” with three business owners after seeing them as he drove along the main street on his way to buy groceries.

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