Denmark Shire councillor wins legal battle against Shire

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Rob Whooley has won a case against the Shire of Denmark.
Camera IconRob Whooley has won a case against the Shire of Denmark. Credit: Shannon Hampton

Shire of Denmark councillor Rob Whooley has won a legal case against the Shire for unfair dismissal that could be worth up to $400,000.

The case relates to Mr Whooley’s sacking as the Shire’s infrastructure services director in June 2015.

Mr Whooley began legal proceedings with the WA Industrial Relations Commission in July last year and was seeking up to $400,000 in damages.

Shire chief executive Bill Parker said the decision meant the council could move on.

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“Following the conclusion of the legal action, Councillor Whooley has resumed full duties as an elected member,” he said

“The determination now leaves the Shire of Denmark free to focus on the continued improvement of our operations and performance.”

A media release issued by the Shire indicated that the settlement figure would be much less than $400,000.

“The settlement awarded to Mr Whooley is expected to be substantially lower than the initial claim and the Shire’s exposure is limited to the excess applicable under its risk financing solution.” the release stated.

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