2009 November: $9000 Spray Drift Fine to Emerald Farmer

Nov 2009: Biosecurity Queensland officer Dr Sandra Baxendell said an Emerald property owner was recently fined $9000 for damage caused to a neighbouring crop from chemical spray drift. “Direct chemical drift from a spray boom used by the property owner caused partial crop loss on a neighbouring property,” she said. “The owner plead guilty to carrying out distribution of a chemical in a hazardous area and in conditions reasonably intended to do damage to a crop. “This is only a small fine in relation to what offenders could face but we hope this serves as an example to other property owners spraying their crops this season – we are monitoring and we will prosecute.”