Petersen and council unable to reach compensation settlement

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ASPIRING councillor Patricia Petersen is still no closer to learning whether her compensation bid against Ipswich City Council has been successful.

Ms Petersen's long running legal battle against Ipswich City Council was mentioned briefly on Wednesday in Brisbane District Court where it was adjourned until Friday week.

Both parties have been unable to reach an agreement over compensation after Ms Petersen successfully appealed a decision made in council's favour.

The Queensland Times understands council offered Ms Petersen $5000 in compensation which she rejected.

Council waged a three-year legal campaign against Ms Petersen over the placement of signs in the 2013 federal election.

Council claimed Ms Petersen was in breach of local laws when her election signs appeared on September 2, 5 and 6, 2013 in the suburbs of Riverview, Collingwood Park and Chuwar.

Ipswich City Council took Ms Petersen to court over the matter, and the trial got underway on April 29, 2015.
Ms Petersen was subsequently found guilty and fined $25,000.

She appealed the decision to the Ipswich District Court on the grounds the magistrate erred as there was insufficient evidence produced at trial to back up council's claims.

Judge Sarah Bradley last month ruled in her favour and ordered the convictions and penalties be set aside and further ordered the charges be expunged.

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