Water

Expert advice to assist with the access, management, transport and sale of water.

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In recent times, we have seen the introduction of detailed and voluminous water legislation across Queensland, including changes to water licensing and allocation. HopgoodGanim’s expertise lies in interpreting the raft of complex water-related legislation and helping our clients deal with the resulting practicalities.

We work with both private and publicly listed companies, including resources explorers and producers and urban developers, to plan effective water management strategies and secure water entitlements for their projects.

Our team of experts assist our clients to access, manage, transport and sell water, and to implement water management strategies in line with relevant regulations.

Areas of Expertise

  • Water projects and regulation
  • Coal seam gas (CSG) water
  • Water-related contracts
  • Ownership
  • Water supply, infrastructure and use, including beneficial use
  • Dam and pipeline construction
  • Licensing and allocations
  • On-sale and commercialisation
  • Water treatment - including Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants
  • Environmental considerations, including water quality
  • Managing overland flow (stormwater management)
  • Advising Carabella Resources on water capacity solutions associated with SunWater’s Connors River Dam and Pipeline Project. 
  • Advising BP Australia on water supply to and from the Bulwer Island oil refinery. 
  • Acting for Monto Minerals in the negotiation, completion and implementation of an agreement for the transport of water from the miner’s water bores to the mine. This involved the negotiation of agreements, security for the agreements, and access and compensation for local landowners, including settling compensation deeds for the provision of compensation by way of water. 
  • Acting for a major player in the CSG industry in an action brought by an aggrieved land owner, who sought injunctions and compensation arising out of an agreement to cease discharging water on land from a coal bed methane mining operation. 
  • Advising D’Aguilar Gold on obtaining and negotiating water licences for a gold mining project.
  • Advising the Queensland Department of Infrastructure and Planning on the interrelationship of the Water Act 2000 and the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 in respect of quarry material. 
  • Advising LinkWater on the review, negotiation, registration, transfer and acquisition of easements, and on the development approval regime for their capital works program. 
  • Advising Northern Energy Corporation and Metallica Minerals on water licensing and allocation requirements under the Water Act 2000 and relevant water resource plans. 
  • Assisting urban developers to negotiate infrastructure agreements for water supply with local government and water authorities. 
  • Acting in proceedings in relation to lawful point of discharge for stormwater and nuisance.