Company fined for unlicenced water use

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Michael PhilippsSouth Western Times

A company which used more than 34 million litres of bore water without a licence has been found guilty of three water offences in Bunbury Magistrates Court.

Commercial developer Mermaid Towers Pty Ltd was fined a total of $45,000 for three counts of Unauthorised Taking of Water under the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act (1914).

The offences took place over a five-month period between October 2016 and March 2017 and involved a total of 34,502 kilolitres of water.

The company had previously held water licences for the properties in Myalup.

Magistrate Mark Millington said while the company was unlikely to be able to pay the fine as it was in liquidation, the charges should send a strong message to other water users.

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A company representative was not present in court to hear the verdict.

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