Failed Belongil challenge cost ratepayers more than $100k

OPPONENTS to a rock wall at Belongil may have abandoned their legal challenge, but not without first costing Byron ratepayers more than $100,000, the council says.

The start of work on the wall was briefly delayed by a legal challenge from the group Positive Change for Marine Life. However, the challenge was withdrawn after the Land and Environment Court rejected an interim injunction on the work.

"This means that the matter is no longer before the Court and the construction works can continue as planned," Byron Shire Council legal services coordinator Ralph James said.

"While we are pleased that the matter is not going to proceed before the court, unfortunately Council has incurred significant legal costs of well over $100,000 through defending a case that Council successfully argued had little merit.

"Unfortunately these costs will be borne by our ratepayers; funds that could have otherwise gone towards much needed infrastructure upgrades such as road maintenance. It's disappointing."



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