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Follow-up legal session for Parkerville fire victims

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Class action lawyers are set to hold a further meeting with residents and property owners affected by the January 2014 Parkerville bushfire to discuss potential compensation for uninsured losses.

The legal information session, to be held by Slater and Gordon Lawyers on Tuesday April 28, will follow on from a community meeting in March where around 50 people heard about their legal rights.

Bushfire litigation lawyer Kevin Banks-Smith said meeting with property owners who had suffered losses was an important part of investigating legal action and he looked forward to another session in the community.

“We think there is a strong merit for a lawsuit and that Western Power has a case to answer in terms of its possible negligence around the cause of the fire,” he said.

“A significant part of our process is to meet with fire-affected residents, hear about their losses and talk about any needs they have to rebuild their lives after the fire.

“There was a strong call at the meeting last month for us to come back to the community, meet with more property owners and provide an update on our investigations and how legal action could help them.”

The next meeting will be held at 7pm on Tuesday April 28 at the Parkerville Recreation Pavilion, 580 Seaborne Road. Given the sensitive nature of the discussion, the meeting is only open to those impacted by the fire.