Fire class action targets Powercor

By Dairy News

A SECOND class action has been launched against electrical distribution company Powercor arising out of the St Patrick’s Day fires, which caused millions of dollars damage and the loss of thousands of livestock in south-west Victoria.

Warrnambool-based firm Maddens Lawyers, who are also undertaking a class action in relation to the Garvoc fire, lodged a second class action with the Supreme Court of Victoria in April in relation to the Terang fires.

Maddens Lawyers class action principal Brendan Pendergast is confident that liability against the electrical distribution company will be established in both the Garvoc and Terang cases.

“Powercor has acknowledged in the media that the Garvoc and Terang fires were caused by electrical assets,” Mr Pendergast said.

He said it was lucky no lives were lost in the Terang and Garvoc fires, yet the devastation of losing houses, livestock and farm production and the general destruction caused by these fires was extremely distressing to the community.

Mr Pendergast said Maddens Lawyers also expected to start similar proceedings in relation to the Gazette and Camperdown fires.

He encouraged any landowners impacted by the fires to register their details with Maddens Lawyers to stay up to date with the progress and what their options are.

For more information or to register your details, phone Maddens Lawyers on 1800 815 228 or email or