$50,000 council legal bill over helipad fight

March 20, 2024 7:39 am in by
The property in question on King George the Fifth Avenue, Merriwa. Image: Darren Cutrupi

Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Maurice Collison said they had no choice but to back out of a court case over the rejection of a development application for a private helipad.

Sydney town planner John McFadden is now permitted to take off and land on his Merriwa property up to a total of seven times a week following the ‘cave-in’ at the Land and Environment Court.

Councillor Collison said the council was able to add some additional conditions in the process.

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He said the fight had cost $50,000 and could have doubled or even tripled had they fought the case all the way in the court.


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