A lengthy court battle has come to an end over the 2005 Eyre Peninsula bushfires, in which nine people died, 90,000 hectares of land was destroyed and 93 homes were lost.
The South Australian Supreme Court has approved a settlement that will see landowners granted a total of $8 million in compensation. The original class action contained claims of more than $60 million, and was against the Country Fire Service, and Mr Marco Visic. The plaintiffs claimed that the Country Fire Service mismanaged their response to the fire that was caused by Mr Visic’s Ute.
The Country Fire Service and Mr Visic continue to deny liability, but have confirmed that their insurer will make the payment in order to give peace of mind to the plaintiffs.