COUN­CIL DIS­PUTE DROPPED

SDRC walks away from $1.8 mil­lion case against Bris­bane com­pany

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SOUTH­ERN Downs

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.

PHOTO: FILE

DONE: Coun­cil has dropped le­gal pro­ceed­ings over the Civic Cen­tre fire.

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