THE Ratepayers Association’s legal challenge against councillor Kevin Duffy’s position on Orange City Council has again been delayed, this time because of objections from one of the parties involved in the action, according to the group’s representative Lindsay Johnston.
The association began legal proceedings before the Administrative Decisions Tribunal (ADT) in January claiming Cr Duffy lives in Borenore in Cabonne, making him ineligible for a seat on the Orange council.
The case went before the tribunal on January 22 and was again listed for directions yesterday, but an ADT spokeswoman said the case had been put off until Thursday.
Mr Johnston would not say which party had objections or what the objections were.
“I will not comment on it because it’s a matter before the court. All I will say is that it’s been stood over until Thursday,” he said.
“As the public officer for the ratepayers association I appeared for them.”
The case was originally in the name of association member John Da Rin, but is now listed as the Orange Ratepayers Association versus Kevin Duffy.
Cr Duffy said his solicitor was yet to advise him of the details of yesterday’s telephone link-up and said he did not know what the objections were.
“I’ve left the matter in the hands of my solicitor,” he said.