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District Court Dismisses Application to Review Magistrates Decision on Community Contribution

Published: 30 Oct 2015

The District Court in Adelaide this week handed down its decision on an application to review the Magistrates ruling on the Andamooka Community Contribution Scheme.

The Magistrates Court in May 2015 found the 2012-13 Community Affairs Resourcing and Management agreement and Community Contribution process was valid and that the levy is payable.  In a brief appearance His Honour Judge Boylan dismissed the application to review the Magistrates decision.  The dismissal means that ruling stands.

Cecilia Woolford, Chair for the Outback Communities Authority (OCA) has welcomed His Honour Judge Boylan’s decision saying “This decision will finally clear up any confusion that remains around the validity of the Andamooka Community Contribution Scheme”.

“I believe His Honour, at the hearing in September 2015, went to great lengths to allow each applicant time to express all of their concerns about the levy and its implementation.  Those issues concerning the applicants have now been addressed”. Ms Woolford said.

“This is vindication the OCA has acted in good faith”. Ms Woolford added.

The OCA will now proceed with the matter of pursuing outstanding debts as part of its normal business.  Anyone with an outstanding debt with the OCA is encouraged to contact the Authority and negotiate a repayment plan to avoid further legal costs.