NSW Greens water spokesman Jeremy Buckingham said:
“It’s smokescreen that these prosecutions have been announced on the day when the Ombudsman will table a damning report on how Water NSW provided false figures in an effort to cover up the lack of enforcement.
“This government has been dragged kicking and screaming into actually having to enforce water law. The lack of compliance has undermined public confidence in the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
“Water theft has real world consequences for the environment and downstream communities. The Darling River is bone dry or suffering blue-green algae breakouts because of over extraction by upstream irrigators.
8 March 2018