Class ac­tion call for shat­ter-cane-af­fected sorghum grow­ers

The Chronicle - - RURAL WEEKLY -

LEAD­ING Queens­land le­gal firm Creevey Russell Lawyers is in­ves­ti­gat­ing a class ac­tion on be­half of sorghum grow­ers im­pacted by the ag­gres­sive shat­ter-cane weed pro­duced by con­tam­i­nated seeds.

Creevey Russell prin­ci­pal Dan Creevey said shat­ter-cane grew rapidly and com­peted ag­gres­sively with crop plants, sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing yield, qual­ity and value of seed.

“Creevey Russell Lawyers are presently in­ves­ti­gat­ing a class ac­tion for grow­ers af­fected by this prob­lem,” Mr Creevey said.

“Aus­tralia’s agricultur­al in­dus­try earns more than $155 bil­lion-a-year but cer­tain sec­tors of the in­dus­try could be un­der sig­nif­i­cant threat due to con­tam­i­nated seeds.

“Con­tam­i­nated seeds can carry dis­ease, pro­duce low grade har­vests, which may also in turn pro­duce ster­ile seeds if con­tam­i­nated with weed seed.

“The con­tam­i­nated seed can be re­sis­tant to pes­ti­cides and nor­mal pro­cesses of crop con­trol.”

Mr Creevey said Creevey Russell Lawyers were keen to meet with sorghum grow­ers im­pacted by shat­ter-cane.

“If shat­ter-cane is cost­ing you time and money to con­trol and you are con­cerned about the fi­nan­cial im­pact on you and the value of your prop­erty then Creevey Russell Lawyers are here to as­sist,” he said.

“If you pur­chased seed con­tam­i­nated with shat­ter-cane seed then you may have a claim to fi­nan­cial com­pen­sa­tion.

“If you be­lieve that your prop­erty may be af­fected by seed that has been con­tam­i­nated, please con­tact Creevey Russell Lawyers for a no obli­ga­tion dis­cus­sion on your con­cerns.

“Our ru­ral prop­erty law team have a wide ex­pe­ri­ence in ad­vis­ing pri­mary pro­duc­ers”.

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