COUNCIL DISPUTE DROPPED
SDRC walks away from $1.8 million case against Brisbane company
Regional Council has discontinued legal proceedings against the company it holds liable for the 2016 Civic Centre blaze.
In March 2016, the Stanthorpe Civic Centre was left in ruin after a fire tore through the iconic facility.
There was extensive damage to the kitchen along with fire, smoke and water damage to the supper room and smoke damage throughout the stage, change room and foyer areas.
The council began legal action against Brisbanebased Northern Lifestyle Sports Floors in May this year.
They sought close to
$1.9 million in restitution, arguing a company employee’s actions were “directly causative” for the fire.
The council had demanded recompense of $1,881,902, including
$1.72 million for building costs, $69,000 for contents, business losses of $11,000, $64,000 in consultancy expenses, as well as some extra for miscellaneous and court costs.
An SDRC spokesperson would not reveal why the council had opted to walk away from the Supreme Court proceedings last week.
“As this relates to legal proceedings and our insurer, council is unable to comment,” they said.
Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove officially opened the renovated facility in March last year.
Remodelling of the centre was already under way when the fire broke out.
Northern Lifestyle Sports Floors would not comment on the issue or why court action had been dropped.
DONE: Council has dropped legal proceedings over the Civic Centre fire.