Council, ranger reach agreement in dismissal case
THE Clarence Valley Council has reached an agreement in an unfair dismissal case brought forward by council ranger Wayne Smith who was dismissed from his job more than a year ago.
The NSW Industrial Commission was set down for Murwillumbah Court yesterday but was adjourned after only a minute and negotiations behind closed doors meant the matter was resolved outside the court.
With the details of the agreement confidential, Mr Smith was advised to not comment on the case as it could endanger the agreement.
His barrister, Michael McCall, said under this agreement he could not say if Mr Smith would return to his job as head ranger.
Prior to the confidential negotiations, several of Mr Smith's friends and former colleagues were in the court room to give him support.
The council staff team, led by general manager Scott Greensill, was also at the court.
The hearing was supposed to run for two days.