Wilson on behalf of Gurrungar Environment Group v Bourke Shire Council and Ors

Represented by EDO NSW, Bruce Wilson on behalf of the Gurrungar Environment Group appealed against a consent for a cotton farm at “Beemery” near Bourke on the grounds that it was not ecologically sustainable.

The development included a large water storage facility for irrigation and, due to the risk of salinity, had a limited lifespan. The matter finalised with the parties agreeing on stringent consent orders including conditions for groundwater monitoring, controls on clearing and the ban of the use of herbicides in the irrigation area.

These conditions set the standard against which future cotton developments will be measured.