Secret Council Business Today: Class Action Lawsuit
BYRON SHIRE councillors and staff will be in a confidential session today, July 14, to presumably thrash out the implications of ‘legal options and likely impediments to the implementation of planned retreat, so as to identify the processes and the challenges.’
Planned retreat is currently being overturned by the majority councillors in an effort to give legal passage to unnamed and an unknown number of Belongil landowners, many of whom bought on that erosion hotspot in the knowledge they could not rely on the council to protect their property.
Additionally, staff and the council’s insurers will table options for a pre-court settlement with 16 Belongil landowners.
The class action is being brought against the council in October.
Cr Dey told The Echo, ‘It will be one of the biggest decisions councillors will make, but we can’t share.’