According to documents, released under Freedom of Information laws, the Northern Territory government secretly negotiated with an investment company to change its water allocation rules. The aim of these talks were to allow the latter to develop one of Australia's biggest fruit farms in the Central Australian desert. The NT government says there has been no preferential treatment for company in question
Traditional owners and environment groups who are challenging the government's decision to grant the Northern Territory's biggest-ever water license to Fortune Agribusiness on Singleton Station south of Tennant Creek are horrified and feel it shows the process has been unfair.
The revelation comes as stakeholders await Environment Minister Eva Lawler's review of the decision to award the water license, which was requested by the NT Environment Centre before the documents came to light.