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Landholder, contractor fined for illegal wall on river

The New South Wales water watchdog has had one other profitable day in court docket over breaches of the Water Management Act.

On Thursday, the Justice of the Peace within the Deniliquin Local Court accepted the responsible plea of a Moama landholder and a contractor for constructing illegal constructions on the banks of the Murray River.

Grant Barnes, the chief regulator officer with the Natural Resource Access Regulator (NRAR), mentioned the landholder refused to do remediation work on the website, regardless of being instructed to take action by compliance officers.

The property proprietor, cited in court docket paperwork as Mark Cranny, was fined $27,000 and ordered to pay $11,000 in authorized prices.

The contractor, listed as Kennaugh Nominees Pty Ltd, was fined $11,000 and ordered to pay authorized prices of $9,000.

“These are substantial fines in this case and we welcome the court’s decision in this matter and we are very pleased with the outcome,” Mr Barnes mentioned.

This is nearly triple the prosecution charge of these allegedly breaching water legal guidelines in the 2 years previous to NRAR’s institution.

Big circumstances within the pipeline

A man stands next to a water pump.
Grant Barnes is the chief regulatory officer of the Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR).(

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Two high-profile circumstances involving a Moree landholder and two landholders in Griffith are again earlier than the Land and Environment Court in Sydney subsequent week.

They have been individually charged with breaching the Water Management Act 2000 after they allegedly took water in extra of their licences and approvals.

The Moree irrigation firm listed for court docket appearances is located on the Gwydir River.

Mr Barnes mentioned the Moree irrigation enterprise had been charged with 43 offences, the very best quantity in NRAR’s historical past.

He mentioned the alleged offences — together with an allegation of constructing an illegal dam — came about between 2016 and June 2020.

“And it simply displays the breadth of alleged offending and the time over which we consider it is occurred.”

The most penalties vary as much as $2 million beneath the Water Management Act.

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