20th November: the Court completed hearing the evidence in our Appeal and now the barristers will prepare their final submissions. It is hoped that the Judge will be available to hear these submissions on Friday 6th December, but that won’t be confirmed until the day before, as it depends on the progress of other Court hearings at which he is presiding. If the presentation of the submissions can’t take place on 6th December, the barristers will most likely have to wait until the New Year. In any case, it is highly unlikely that the Judge will deliver his judgement until late January or February.
I cannot comment on any of the Court proceedings, but very generally, we feel that the way our evidence was presented gave veracity to the arguments we have mounted over this past year, and reflected the public sentiment about this development. We are very thankful to our legal team for all their hard work and expert guidance over these past months, and high praise must also go the members of the FOTTR Committee for giving so much of their time and energy to expedite the Appeal.
It has been encouraging too, to see the ongoing media interest in our campaign and for the way that members of various media organisations have been keen to report it.
Now we must wait until ‘judgement day’ and hope that in the New Year we will be able to deliver good news to our supporters.
By the end of this whole campaign, the legal and expert fees will have amounted to nearly $250,000. We have not paid our Trial bill so any contributions would be welcome – see our website fottr.org for details.
It is salutary to realise that the ratepayers of Toowoomba and surrounds would have spent an equal amount defending the decision to approve the development! To that end, it was very disappointing that none of the Councillors attended the Court in Brisbane to hear the evidence being presented.
With very best wishes and thanks for your ongoing support.