Myalup and Ludlow water prosecution guilty plea
Released 23 Aug 2017
A company with water licenses in the Myalup and Ludlow areas of the South West has pleaded guilty to two charges of taking water in excess of a licensed entitlement.
Galati Nominees Pty Ltd last week pleaded guilty to two charges under the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914 for offences committed in the 2015-16 year and was fined $12,000 in total plus court costs.
The Department of Water (now part of the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation) prosecuted Galati Nominees Pty Ltd for taking nearly 120 million litres of water more than was authorised for use on the licence holder’s commercial vegetable farms.
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s Executive Director Regulatory Services, Water, Paul Brown said the unauthorised taking of water has an impact on the sustainable management of the region’s water resources.
“One charge was for 22,716kL over the legal entitlement, and the other for 97,122kL over the legal entitlement,” Mr Brown said.
In both of the Myalup and Ludlow areas, taking water above the sustainable limits can result in the risk of increased levels of salinity in the Myalup and Ludlow horticultural precincts,” said Mr Brown.
“Increased salinity can adversely impact adjacent users and wetlands, including in this case the Ramsar-listed Vasse-Wonnerup wetland system in Ludlow.
Mr Brown said the Department’s practice is to work with all licensees experiencing difficulty complying with licence conditions before prosecution is considered and this had occurred with Galati Nominees Pty Ltd.
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