‘Misleading, deceptive’

Central Pier after closure
Central Pier after closure

Tenants of Central Pier launch legal action.

Businesses at Docklands’ damaged Central Pier have launched legal action in the federal court over claims Development Victoria engaged in “misleading and deceptive” conduct in its role as the landlord of the precinct.

Tenants lodged the action in the Federal Court on Monday, five weeks after the pier was dramatically evacuated and closed due to safety concerns about its structural integrity.

In the statement of claim lodged on Monday, the businesses claim Development Victoria knew when it signed a lease with the tenants in mid-2015 that the pier was deteriorating “at an increasing rate, despite the repair works it was carrying out”.

AHA Victoria declined to comment on the situation.

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