The State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) are on the Gold Coast this week, cracking down on those who refuse to pay their debts.

Across the city, there are around 70,000 individuals and businesses collectively owing almost $150 million in unpaid fines and penalties.

Officers will be out in force across the Gold Coast including in Southport, Nerang, Robina, Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta to “encourage debtors to pay the money they owe”.

SPER Enforcement Director Kim Easton says they are taking strict action.

“Our officers are visiting debtors at their homes or workplace and those people that refuse to pay their debts will face tough action,” Mr Easton says.

“This includes having money taken from their wages or bank accounts through garnishment powers or having their cars clamped, seized and sold to meet their obligations.”

Anyone with outstanding debt is encouraged to contact SPER before officers take enforcement action.

“SPER has contacted thousands of people in the region to remind them of their outstanding debts and the need to deal with them,”

“One final chance to do the right thing before we’re forced to take strong action.”

The crackdown on the Gold Coast is part of SPER’s ongoing state-wide operation.

Officers have seized a range of property from people across Queensland, including luxury SUVs, hi-spec utes and motorbikes, trucks, boats, trailers and jet skis.

“If you have a SPER debt, you need to pay it now because the consequences are serious,”

“SPER debts don’t go away – they will catch up with you,

“Anyone who is having trouble paying for whatever reason should contact SPER on 1300 365 635 to discuss their payment options and avoid enforcement action.”

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