Published on 24 December 2020
24 December 2020
On 15 December 2020, the Herald Sun newspaper and numerous related news publications and online sites published an article relating to Steve and Sarah Vizard and legal proceedings commenced by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council concerning a property at Arthurs Seat in Victoria. The article quoted Mr Paul Lewis, Planning Compliance Manager, on behalf of the Council.
The statement made by Mr Lewis and Council that Mr and Mrs Vizard, or any other person on their behalf, had undertaken earthworks which “effectively created a dam within Waterfall Creek” is untrue. The Council and Mr Lewis acknowledge the harm suffered by Mr and Mrs Vizard by the making and wide publication of the false statement, and the Council and Mr Lewis unreservedly and sincerely retract and apologise for the false statement.
The Council and Mr Lewis have provided undertakings to Mr and Mrs Vizard and the Owner of the property that they will refrain from making any further public comments in relation to the matter prior to its final resolution.