Carnar­von grower slammed with $1200 wa­ter fine

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A Carnar­von grower has been fined $1200 for unau­tho­rised wa­ter use.

The WA Depart­ment of Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­men­tal Reg­u­la­tion pros­e­cuted Domenico Condo and he was found guilty in Carnar­von Mag­is­trate’s Court on Oc­to­ber 22 of tak­ing more wa­ter than per­mit­ted from the Gas­coyne River.

The court was told Condo took 4551 kilo­litres above his monthly en­ti­tle­ment for his Carnar­von prop­erty in Septem­ber 2017.

DWER ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Paul Brown said it was depart­ment prac­tice to work with all li­censees hav­ing dif­fi­culty com­ply­ing with li­cence con­di­tions be­fore con­sid­er­ing pros­e­cu­tion.

“The ground­wa­ter re­sources of the Gas­coyne River are care­fully man­aged to en­sure all wa­ter users can ac­cess their li­censed en­ti­tle­ments,” he said.

“Over-pump­ing can de­grade the wa­ter re­source for both the user and neigh­bours, which is why the depart­ment closely man­ages us­age.

“The court’s de­ci­sion recog­nises the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing the wa­ter se­cu­rity of all ir­ri­ga­tors and the depart­ment’s role in man­ag­ing the re­source.”

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