A class action was filed on 8 July 2014 seeking compensation for financial loss or damage caused by the negligent operation of Wivenhoe and Somerset dams in the lead up to and during the January 2011 flood. The class action alleges that the negligence of the dam operators contributed significantly to the downstream flooding experienced in Brisbane, Ipswich and surrounding areas.
Current Stage of Case
On 29 November 2019, the Supreme Court of New South Wales found that the claim for negligence, brought by the representative plaintiff against each of the defendants, was proven.
The court has determined the issues that are common to all or a sub-set of the group members. The court’s findings therefore provide the basis for the group members to pursue and recover the loss caused to them resulting from the defendants’ negligence.
View the Supreme Court Judgment here
- Supreme Court of New South Wales
- Rodriguez & Sons Pty Limited as representatives for the Group
- Queensland Bulk Water Supply Authority, SunWater Limited and State of Queensland