Wivenhoe Dam

Wivenhoe Dam

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.
View the Supreme Court Judgment here.

On 26 February 2021, a conditional settlement was reached with two of the defendants, the State of Queensland and SunWater, for $440m. This covers 50 per cent of the liability (as determined by the Court of first instance) for the damage suffered by group members in the class action. The settlement is subject to a deed of settlement and approval by the Supreme Court. A notice to group members approved by the Court can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

2011 QUEENSLAND FLOODS CLASS ACTION NOTICE OF PROPOSED SETTLEMENT

The other defendant, Seqwater, is not part of the settlement. The appeal proceedings involving Seqwater will continue.

Proceedings

Court
Supreme Court of New South Wales
Plaintiff/Applicant
Rodriguez & Sons Pty Limited as representatives for the Group
Defendant/Respondent
Queensland Bulk Water Supply Authority, SunWater Limited and State of Queensland

Contact Details

Omni Bridgeway Client Liaison Team
1800 016 464
[email protected]