Richard John Hopley, who operates Hopley’s Transport, pleaded guilty in the Land and Environment Court to one count of employing a person to transport dangerous goods without having a relevant licence and one of water pollution. The charges were brought by the Environment Protection Authority.
A driver employed by Hopley was unloading a 1000 litre container of pesticide when it fell off the forklift and split open. The pesticide was Farmoz Electra 225, a chemical used by cotton farmers to kill insects. In water its impact is toxic, killing fish within hours.
“The pesticide killed most, if not all the fish it came into contact with, including bream, mullet, eels, carp and a variety of native gudgeons. More than 3.4 tonnes of dead fish were recovered from the creek,” she said.