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NSW water-mediations fail: back to NSW Land and Environment Court, as three irrigator groups’ class-actions open, against NSW government

Posted by waterweek on 19 September 2007

Mediation between Lower Murray and Lower Murrumbidgee groundwater users and the NSW and federal governments on Monday and Tuesday over com­pensation for drastic reductions in water entitlements failed to achieve a result. But groundwater users in zone one of the Upper Namoi reached an agreement they hope will allow them to withdraw their court action against the NSW Government, reported Alan Dick of The Land, (13/9/2007), p. 25.

Back to court: The mediations, under former High Court judge, Michael Mc­Hugh, were ordered by the NSW Land and Environment Court after the three irrigator groups brought class actions against the governments. Court cases brought by the Lower Murray and Lower Mur­rumbidgee groups are expected to continue.

Irrigators want more landholders paid:The Lower Murray groundwater users say the history-of-use for­mula used to calculate compen­sation payments, under the $125 million NSW and Commonwealth Government achieving sustain­able groundwater entitlements (ASGE) scheme, excluded many users from payouts.

The Land, 13/9/2007, p. 25


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