West end compo

North West Telegraph - - News - Robert Dougherty

Jim Hen­neberry is seek­ing ad­vice for a class ac­tion to claim com­pen­sa­tion for home­own­ers whose prop­erty val­ues have dived as a re­sult of a pol­icy lim­it­ing de­vel­op­ment in the west end of Port Hed­land.

The prom­i­nent real es­tate agent was ap­pointed chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Port Hed­land Com­mu­nity Progress As­so­ci­a­tion along­side sec­re­tary Rosie Vran­cic, pres­i­dent Jan Ford, vice-pres­i­dent Roger Higgins and Brad Young as trea­surer at the PHCPA an­nual gen­eral meet­ing last Thurs­day.

“The first or­der of busi­ness is to ac­tu­ally save the west end of Port Hed­land — we don’t want to see it sac­ri­ficed for the prof­its of BHP,” he said.

“We are in talks with a na­tional firm of lawyers who are giving us ad­vice on cre­at­ing a class ac­tion to com­pen­sate prop­erty own­ers . . . af­fected by the State Gov­ern­ment bring­ing in a special con­trol area as rec­om­mended by the dust task­force. Peo­ple who have suf­fered losses on prop­er­ties, peo­ple have bought prop­er­ties for two mil­lion and now they are sell­ing them for $200,000 — we are see­ing a 75 per cent drop in prices. That’s not mar­ket loss.”

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