Please attribute the following response to Rebecca Gilsenan, Principal at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers:
Today the Court has found that the State Government and its entities, Seqwater and SunWater, all share responsibility for the negligent operation of Wivenhoe and Somerset Dams in January 2011.
The Court has found that liability will be split as follows: 50% to Seqwater, 30% to Sunwater and 20% to the State Government.
We are pleased that the Court has rejected the State’s position that it was responsible for less than 1% of the damage caused by the 2011 flood. This was an unacceptable positon and we welcome that the Court has recognised this also.
The State Government has accepted the November ruling and announced that it would not appeal the decision.
This decision paves the way for the State Government to settle this matter and to pay our clients the compensation they deserve.
We urge the State to now move on this matter urgently.