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GMW sued over cherry farm flooding

Wednesday January 23, 2013 - 09:48 EDT

Northern Victoria's big rural water authority is being sued for millions of dollars by the owners of a cherry farm that was flooded two years ago.

The January 2011 floods inundated huge areas of farmland in northern Victoria.

Among the properties affected was a big cherry farm near Kerang.

Three companies associated with the farm have launched legal action against Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW).

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) is hearing the case.

An application last year to have the matter struck out reveals the companies want $13.5 million in compensation because about 25,000 trees were destroyed.

The companies say GMW is liable because the water escaped from an irrigation channel but the authority argues it is not responsible for the floodwater.

VCAT has ruled the case should be heard in full in May.

The hearing is expected to run for 25 days.


- ABC

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