Cropdusting company loses appeal

A CROPDUSTING company forced to pay more than $460,000 for damaging a neighbour's cotton crop in 2005 has lost again after fighting the decision in the Supreme Court.

Meandarra Aerial Spraying and its managing director Lachlan Hill appealled the 2011 decision which found that spray had travelled from the targeted wattle trees to Ash Geldard's property some 20km away.

Within days the cropped had yellowed and the cotton's yield began to fall.

Hill and the spraying firm appealled on the grounds that the first trial judge had made a mistake on what duty of care the sprayer had when cropdusting.

However, all three judges last week dismissed the appeal with costs.



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