Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Firie's Battle Isn't over Yet

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Firie's Battle Isn't over Yet

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Byline: Rodney Stevens rodney.stevens@northernstar.com.au

LEGAL action has been threatened against Woodburn Rural Fire Service volunteer Raylene Davis by Rich River Coffee, where she worked, after she spoke to the media about losing shifts at her casual job.

Ms Davis was one of 54 Northern Rivers RFS volunteers who travelled to Sydney on October 20 to help battle bushfires in the Blue Mountains region.

When she returned and contacted Rich River Coffee owners Jodie and Mark Waters, she was told she wouldn't be getting any more shifts.

Mr and Mrs Waters deny this.

When Ms Davis read a letter from Mr and Mrs Waters's solicitor threatening legal action for defamation last Friday, she was shocked.

The letter states, "our client strenuously denies the contents of the article which was published (sic) is largely about you in the Northern Star on the 29th of October 2013."

"At no stage, we are instructed, were you fired from your position. …

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