Council may have lost documents

LISMORE City Council yesterday said documents relating to a disputed Land and Environment Court case brought against it by a resident, may have been destroyed.

On Saturday The Northern Star published that McLeans Ridges resident Vivienne Myler had copies of a 1988 court decision that showed the council was charging her the wrong higher rural/residential rate for her two-hectare property which she has turned into a flora and fauna sanctuary.

Since the publication of an article in May, the council has steadfastly denied that the issue ever went to court and that it found in Ms Myler’s favour.

Last Saturday’s article was prompted when Ms Myler produced court documents proving her claims. The council at that time said it needed to search its own records.Yesterday Finance manager Rino Santin said staff had conducted an extensive search of available council records, including hard copy subject file, microfiche rating transaction records and the Land and Environment Court website.

“Council could find no written account of the subject Land and Environment Court Judgement in its records,” he said.

“All Lismore City Council records are kept according to the requirements of the State Records Act. It is likely that, due to the age of this matter, the relevant records have been destroyed. This is in accordance with the requirements of the State Records Authority of New South Wales.

“However, the review of microfiche rating transaction records shows that rural rating was applied to Ms Myler’s property in 1988.”



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