The class action settlement over the bushfire in Victoria’s northeast is almost complete. The fire destroyed 38 homes and claimed 2 lives. Residents and landholders affected sued an electricity company and government agencies over the 2009 Beechworth-Mudgegonga fire. The two lead plaintiffs, Paul Mercieca and Amelia Coombes, are claiming damages for their personal injuries and for property damage to their rented residential and farm property.
A trial was to begin on March 5, but the court was told it was likely there would be a settlement. The proposed settlement is now substantially agreed upon. Barrister Lachlan Armstrong said some changes still need to be made. Then, they will send the notice to the class action members informing them of the proposed settlement and their rights. The class action group includes all those who suffered property damage in the fire.
They are suing SPI Electricity Pty Ltd, Eagle Travel Tower Services Pty Ltd, the Department of Sustainability and Environment and Parks Victoria.