Mediation over intersection
THE Land and Environment Court has ordered Lismore City Council and Champions Quarry into mediation over a dispute concerning the upgrade of Wyrallah Road.
Former Lismore mayor and owner of the Tucki Tucki quarry Jeff Champion lodged a compensation claim against the council in November after the company had to alter plans for a $500,000 upgrade of an intersection at Wyrallah Road.
At a hearing on Friday, the Land and Environment Court ordered the two parties into a Section 34 mediation conference.
Essentially this allows the parties to informally nut out the central issues of the case, saving court time.
Lismore Council’s manager of development and compliance Peter Jeuken said the council has yet to determine its position.
It is understood councillors held a closed meeting on the subject last week.
Neither party will reveal how much compensation is being claimed, but Mr Champion has previously said it would only cover the cost of additional engineering plans.