Council in court for unfair dismissal dispute

2.30PM: THE unfair dismissal hearing between council ranger Wayne Smith and Clarence Valley Council has been adjourned.

The IRC deputy president Harrison has told the parties to reach an agreement among themselves.

He has vacated tomorrow's hearing date, set down for Byron Bay.

If a settlement cannot be reached the matter will come back before him on a date to be fixed.

Lawyers from sides met through the morning and told the hearing after lunch they were close to a resolution.

Council general manager Scott Greensill would not comment on today's proceedings.

12.45PM: CLARENCE Valley Council staff are at the Murwillumbah Court today for the NSW Industrial Commission hearing of an unfair dismissal case.

The case has been brought by former council ranger Wayne Smith.

In the courthouse several of Mr Smith's friends and former colleagues have attended to give him support.

The council staff team led by GM Scott Greensill, is at the court.

Our reporter Tim Howard is at the hearing and said that lawyers from both sides are locked in talks with no hint of when the matter might go back into the hearing.

Updates as we get them.

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