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Qld millionaire fined for chopper landing

AAP logoAAP 29/08/2016 Alexandra Patrikios

One of Queensland's richest men has been slapped with a $1000 fine for landing his chopper in a Brisbane park.

Multimillionaire Neill Wagner faced Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday after being charged by the Brisbane City Council with undertaking a prohibited activity.

The charge related to an incident in which Mr Wagner, one of four brothers in a family that owns a multimillion-dollar Toowoomba-based construction company and an airport, landed his helicopter at Downey Park, in March 2015.

The court heard Mr Wagner was told to land immediately by air traffic control and given permission but when he got to the spare field at Ballymore, in Brisbane's inner-north, there were people on it so he made the decision to land at the nearby park instead.

The businessman pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined $1000 plus $845 in court costs.

He did not speak to waiting media as he left the court precinct.

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