Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries MP, has voiced his dismay that the victims of the Wambelong Fire were denied compensation by the NSW Government’s insurer despite findings of incorrect procedures and wrong decisions that were made during the 2013 fire. Mr Humphries via a media release said, “A number of landholders neighbouring the National Park were tragically affected by the actions of government agencies and we have a responsibility to make good on this. Hiding behind the claims manager is not the Nationals way of doing things and I do not accept the response to date.”
Mr Humphries said he will be meeting with the affected local landholders soon and he would not like to see a class action suit. He believes the matter should go back to Premier Mike Baird for the government to make good on recommendation 27 of the inquiry, that says “The NSW Government take all reasonable steps to expedite the process of establishing any legal liability for the losses incurred by property owners as a result of the Wambelong fire, and in the event that it is found liable, expedite the process of paying compensation claims,”. The media release said that three claims had been made by landholders, but the claims manager handling the claims (GIO) denied liability and the claims.