On 17 December 2009, more than 17,000 acres of farmland between Glenellen and Gerogery, north of Albury in New South Wales, was burnt when a bushfire broke out at a council rubbish tip site in Walla Walla.
The fire destroyed five local homes and damaged another four, killed over a thousand sheep and more than 100 cattle, and decimated sheds, vehicles, fencing and local crops.
Maddens Lawyers advanced a class action on behalf of affected property owners to trial in 2017. The four week trial was presided over by Justice Walton in the NSW Supreme Court. Judgement is presently reserved.