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Dairy farmer fined for taking water from Goulburn River

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A Murchison dairy farmer has been fined $7000 and ordered to pay $1800 compensation for taking water via pumps in the Goulburn River in breach of his entitlement.

Vincenzo Lemma, 54, pleaded guilty to extracting water in February and June 2019, which sent his water account into the negative by 45.1 megalitres.

Shepparton Magistrates Court heard Mr Lemma had both channel and extraction irrigation entitlements, but he had failed to lodge an order for the water and extracted more than he had remaining in his allocation bank account.

Mr Lemma’s lawyer Ashley Richardson said there was no “intention to deprive” Goulburn-Murray Water and his client was acting on the same basis he had for five or six…



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