Darling River Action Group Inc v Director General Department of Natural Resources

On 14 September 2007, the Director General of the Department of Natural Resources (QLD) revoked the decision to auction 8000ML of unallocated water from the Warrego catchment.

As a result, the Darling River Action Group Inc, represented by EDO NSW, has withdrawn its case in the Supreme Court of Queensland challenging the auction.

The Broken Hill based group were challenging the auction on the basis that they would be adversely affected by the auction and that they had not had an opportunity to be heard regarding the decision. The auctioning of 8000ML of water - the equivalent of 4000 Olympic swimming pools - would have had significant adverse impacts for the already severely stressed Darling River, which has dried up along much of its length due to overextraction upstream.