Australia — A legal firm says an inquiry’s findings has “encouraged” it to pursue compensation for Lithgow bushfire victims.
An inquiry into the State Mine Fire revealed a military officer authorised a dangerous training exercise using exploding ammunition at the Marrangaroo firing range on a day of high fire danger in October last year.
Senior litigation partner at Maddens Lawyers, Brendan Pendergast, says 25 people have already registered to take part in the legal action but the firm is trying to contact more landholders affected by the fire.
“That report is a damning one and highlights any deficiencies in bushfire prevention and fire risk prevention that was prevalent out at that facility on the day of the fire,” Mr Pendergast said.
Mr Pendergast believes the matter will be resolved before reaching a court room. “I expect that common sense will prevail here and we won’t actually have to issue the class action,” he said.
“That we will enter into properly structured negotiations with the Department of Defence and avoid the delays and the costs of formerly bringing a class action.”