Maddens Lawyers has launched a class action on behalf of local landowners affected by the Scotsburn Fire.
On 19 December 2015, 4000 hectares of land and 12 houses were burnt in the area of Scotsburn, south of Ballarat in central west Victoria.
The plaintiff alleges that the fire commenced as a result of the first defendant’s operation of a tractor and slasher on a day of total fire ban. The tractor in question is a 2011 Agrison Gen III 50 horsepower model which was powering a 6 foot slasher. The tractor operator (Mr Skimming) and the importer of the Agrison branded tractor, EL Mining Solutions Ptd Ltd, are parties to the proceeding together with the insurer for the first defendant (Auto & General Insurance Company Ltd) and the owner of the property upon which the fire commenced (Ms Johns).
A mediation has been scheduled for 19 February 2019. If the parties do not resolve the matter at mediation, a trial is set down commencing on 13 May 2019.