Driller fined for Gnangara bore construction offences
Released 04 Jul 2013
A bore water driller has been fined in Joondalup Magistrate's Court for constructing illegal bores.
A Malaga based driller, Dung Huu Tran, was convicted on four charges under the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act (RiWI Act) relating to the construction of two illegal bores on separate properties that accessed Gnangara groundwater system aquifers.
Mr Tran pleaded guilty to two counts of constructing a non-artesian well without a licence, and two counts of failing to submit a bore log to the Department of Water.
He was fined a total of $2200 in the Joondalup Magistrate's Court and ordered to pay $656.15 in costs.
Department of Water Executive Director Regional Delivery and Regulation Paul Brown said the prosecution sends a message that enablers of unlawful water use would be prosecuted.
"If you have drilled an illegal bore, you may be assisting someone in the unlawful taking of water," he said.
"This is a concern because it can put other water users' licensed entitlements at risk by over-drawing, particularly in an already fully allocated water area like Gnangara that is vital to Perth's water supply.
"We work closely with the drilling industry and they are fully supportive of our efforts to investigate incidents of illegal drilling of bores as part of the department's ongoing compliance and enforcement work."
The Gnangara system supplies around 50 per cent of greater Perth's total water use including half of its drinking water supply and is under pressure from the drying climate in the South West of Western Australia.
"It is in the public interest that we reduce unlawful water use that risks the Gnangara water resource," Mr Brown said.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848