Residents slapped with $40k costs order
A group of Wollongong residents challenging the legality of Gujarat NRE’s mining operations at Russell Vale
says a recent court decision ordering the group to put up $40,000 before the case proceeds could halt its action
However Gujarat lodged a motion seeking to have IRRM provide $75,000 as ‘‘security for costs’’
in case the group loses the challenge and is ordered to pay the legal costs Gujarat incurred to fight the court case.
IRRM spokeswoman Kaye Osborn said the Land and Environment Court judge confirmed the challenge was in
the public interest, but still ordered the group to put up a reduced sum of $40,000 before the case proceeded to a hearing.
Ms Osborn described the judge’s decision as ‘‘disappointing’’ saying she hoped the costs order would not prevent the case
from being heard.
This is a very disappointing outcome for people who care about the impact of this expanding mine on the environment and the
surrounding residential suburbs,’’ she said.
‘‘It would be a great shame if this matter never sees the light of day in court due to Gujarat’s security for costs order.’’
Ms Osborn said the group was considering its options on whether to appeal the decision, try come up with the money,
or drop the case altogether.
council ‘needs’ to raise rates
a rates variation above next year’s 3.4 per cent rate pegging limit.
While the decision is yet to be made, most councillors see rate rises as the only way to rein in the city’s $45 million maintenance backlog without cutting services to the community.
Figures revealed last month showed increases of up to 42 per cent by 2016-17 would be needed to bring the city’s asset renewal in line with the state average.
Average homes would be slugged with a $414 increase over four years under the proposal, taking the average general rate from $976 to $1390.
Adgenda 21 moving foward ,, sighh ,, resistance to tyrrany is obedience to you childrens future
Your Servants who spent the Future Fund are hitting you in the hip pocket vide their corporate connections to pay the alledged bill to bankers for their profits, Me thinks we should make our Servants Volunteer their duties to their respective countries until such time as They Repay the Debt/Bill they Racked, ( ie Your being Racketerred.!) up alledgedly for and on behalf of the poeople , Wheres their Mandate for that one ???
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