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Kilmore East trial brought to an end

By: Mick Bourke

  11.00 AM 15 July, 2014

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It will come as welcome news that the Kilmore East civil trial, which began in March 2013, has come to a close. 

The plaintiff, on behalf of an estimated 10,000 class members, will receive settlement on behalf of energy provider SPI Electricity, the Victorian Government and SPI’s line maintenance contractor, UAM.

Our primary concern throughout this process has always been our people and we know this will come as a great relief to everyone involved in this complex and costly litigation.

I hope that the end of this chapter will allow those affected to move on in their recovery from those horrific fires and the property loss, personal injury and emotional cost they brought. We acknowledge that many of our people are still recovering.

It’s very important to reiterate that the court hearing was not about CFA’s suppression of the fire – that part of the case was dismissed before the hearing began with the consent of all parties. 

The work our people did that day will never be forgotten.

I’d like to thank CFA members for stepping up to the challenge not only through the firefight, but through the difficult times after. Many of you contributed greatly to this case by making statements and being examined in the court room.  

Now that the Kilmore East trial is finalised, it will soon be time for the Murrindindi civil trial.

This case will require the involvement of our people and CFA will provide the same support as provided throughout the Kilmore East Case. 

I encourage you to make the most of CFA’s welfare services, which can be accessed by contacting your Regional Office or CFA’s Organisational Wellbeing team on (03) 9262 8409.

These services are not just for members who have been requested to give evidence but for anyone who has concerns about the trial.

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