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2018 Garvoc Fire

The Garvoc fire commenced on the evening of 17 March 2018 burning in excess of 4,000 hectares. The fire caused significant damage to residential and farming properties.

It is alleged that the fire was ignited as a result of the failure of a rotten timber power pole on Powercor’s electrical network.

Maddens Lawyers has commenced class action proceedings against Powercor Australia Ltd in the Victorian Supreme Court on behalf of all persons who suffered property loss and damage, economic loss and/or personal injury (whether physical or psychological).

Powercor filed and served its Amended Defence on 22 February 2019, joining its pole inspection contractor, Electrix Pty Ltd, as a second defendant to the class action. It is Powercor’s position that Electrix undertook inspections of the subject pole in May 2015 and November 2017. Powercor says that if the plaintiff’s allegations as to the inadequacy of the pole inspection are correct, Electrix did not meet its performance requirements under the contract in place with Powercor and is therefore responsible for the damage caused by the Garvoc fire.

The matter has been set down for trial, commencing on 21 October 2019.

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