On February 9 2014, almost 23,000 hectares of land between Mickleham and Kilmore was burnt after a large tree fell on powerlines alongside Mickleham Road.
This blaze also destroyed 20 houses, hundreds of cattle, thousands of sheep and more than 2000km of fencing from Mickleham to Kilmore.
On Monday 28 August 2017 the Supreme Court made orders approving the settlement of the Mickleham bushfire class action. A copy of the Notice of Settlement, which contains further information regarding the settlement, can be accessed in the Resources section of this page. Please feel free to contact Maddens Lawyers with any queries in respect of the settlement.
On Friday 31 March 2017 the Supreme Court made Orders for the publication a Notice Of Proposed Settlement outlining the terms of settlement of the Mickleham – Kilmore Bushfire Class Action. The approval hearing in respect of the Proposed Settlement has been referred to the Honourable Justice Emerton and will be heard in the Supreme Court at Melbourne on 4 July 2017. Group members with any queries in relation to the Notice of Proposed Settlement should contact us or seek other independent legal advice.
Following extensive deliberations, the parties in this Class Action have reached an "in principle agreement" to settle the proceedings. That development was announced in the Supreme Court of Victoria on 8 February 2017 before His Honour Justice Terry Forrest. As a result, the trial, which was scheduled to begin on Monday 13 February 2017, has been vacated. More information will be provided to all group members as the Terms of Settlement are negotiated and finalised.
Anyone who suffered loss or damage as a result of the Mickleham-Kilmore bushfire on 9 February 2014 should take notice that a Class Action has commenced in the Supreme Court of Victoria
This has been commenced on behalf of all persons who, as a result of the Mickleham-Kilmore bushfire, suffered:
- personal injury (physical or psychiatric)
- loss of damage to property
- economic loss not resulting from loss of damage to property.
Anyone who fits that description, including any legal personal representatives of the estates of any deceased person who would have otherwise qualified, are defined as 'Group Members' in the Class Action. If you are, or think you might be a Group Member, you should download and read the notice of a class action in the resources section of this page as it may affect your rights. If you lost property in this fire please register your interest in the Class Action.