Former COVID-19 recovery leader sentenced over WA border breach

Western Australian millionaire and former COVID-19 recovery leader Nev Power has received an eight-month suspended sentence for abuse of power over breaching pandemic restrictions.

The 64-year-old former head of the federal government’s post-COVID economic taskforce and his 37-year-old son, Nicholas, were charged with breaching WA’s border restrictions after flying into the state in a private helicopter on October 9 without the mandatory G2G travel passes.

Mr Power then attended the Telethon Ball at the Crown Casino where he mixed with Premier Mark McGowan and Police Commissioner Chris Dawson.

Nev Power arrived at Perth Magistrates court for sentencing for breaching WA’s COVID border rules in 2021. (Trevor Collens)

Perth’s magistrate court said the actions were a “blatant breach that involved no confusion”, adding Mr Power of all people was well-aware of all the issues and rules surrounding the virus in the state.

The magistrate said the father and son “saw any time in quarantine as wasted time” and “tried to rationalise their actions”.

She also acknowledged the heavy fallout on Mr Power’s career since being charged.

He has since quit his chairmanship of the Perth Airport and Royal Flying Doctor Service and stood down from employment services company APM, Strike Energy, and the WA Museum Foundation.

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