PRA Office arrangements for Christmas / New Year Period

22nd December 2006 Please be advised the PRA Office will be closed from COB 3pm on Friday, 22nd December 2006, until Wednesday, 3rd January 2007, at 9am. Should any matters of a serious nature arise, Chairman John Purcell will be available at his home phone (07) 4938 9135 or mobile 0419 772 068.  Both have … Read morePRA Office arrangements for Christmas / New Year Period

WorkCover should pay for withdrawn case

5th December 2006NSW Farmers’ Association is demanding WorkCover pay the legal costs of a Canowindra farmer who was forced to spend $300,000 in defending a court action against him which has now been withdrawn.Association president, Jock Laurie, said the blunder by WorkCover must be rectified immediately and the farmer should not be forced to wear … Read moreWorkCover should pay for withdrawn case

Water and rates price relief for drought-affected Qld farms

5th December 2006The Queensland Government will provide a 50pc rebate on municipal rates for eligible drought-stricken farmers, plus a water rebate on management tariffs for irrigators.AgForce president Peter Kenny has welcomed the State Government’s move, saying it is a Christmas present that will ease the financial pressures on many farm businesses.AgForce has strongly lobbied the … Read moreWater and rates price relief for drought-affected Qld farms

Howard Hobbs – Rural and Regional Industry Champion to lead Senate Ticket

4th December 2006 Queensland Rural and Regional Industry Champion Senator Ron Boswell has been given the green light by the Queensland Nationals on the weekend to continue his work representing Queensland in the Senate. Member for Warrego, Howard Hobbs said the National’s Senator Boswell has made an outstanding contribution on behalf of all Queenslanders and … Read moreHoward Hobbs – Rural and Regional Industry Champion to lead Senate Ticket

Fitzroy Basin Food and Fibre – What you can do to stop the negative press about irrigation?

30th November 2006There have been a lot of negative stories in the media about irrigation recently.  If you see or hear any negative stories which are incorrect don’t let it go through to the keeper.  Reply in the defence of your industry. Click on the following links to view Contacts for Letters to the Editor … Read moreFitzroy Basin Food and Fibre – What you can do to stop the negative press about irrigation?

Call to waive Crown lease payments during drought

29th November 2006The Nationals Member for Burrinjuck, Katrina Hodgkinson, wants NSW Minister for Lands, Tony Kelly, to extend the waiver of lease payments to all rural landholders in NSW.Ms Hodgkinson said landholders in the Western Division have had their lease payments waived by the Department of Lands since 2002.She said extending the existing waiver available … Read moreCall to waive Crown lease payments during drought

Labor Rules Out Extra Drought Help For NSW Farmers

27th November 2006The Iemma-Costa Labor Government today ruled out giving graziers access to National Parks to feed their livestock, despite farmers struggling with the worst drought on record, NSW Leader of The Nationals, Andrew Stoner, said. In Parliament today, The Nationals Member for Orange, Russell Turner, asked Environment Minister Bob Debus if he would allow … Read moreLabor Rules Out Extra Drought Help For NSW Farmers

Qld Govt still cool on water charge freeze

23rd November 2006Frustrated Queensland irrigators are still waiting for the Qld Government to freeze charges on their water allocations.Much of the water being charged for won’t be delivered because of the drought – it doesn’t exist, according to Queensland Country Life.And AgForce Qld says irrigators in federally declared Exceptional Circumstances (EC) areas should not be … Read moreQld Govt still cool on water charge freeze

NSW groundwater irrigators start class action

23rd November 2006Murray Valley ground water irrigators are leading a State-wide class action case against the NSW Government and its structural adjustment packages.They’re fighting for “fair market value” compensation for water taken from them.The irrigators are hoping to get leave of appeal to take their case to the Federal High Court.They’re proceeding with their class … Read moreNSW groundwater irrigators start class action

Qld Govt still cool on water charge freeze

23rd November 2006Frustrated Queensland irrigators are still waiting for the Qld Government to freeze charges on their water allocations.Much of the water being charged for won’t be delivered because of the drought – it doesn’t exist, according to Queensland Country Life.And AgForce Qld says irrigators in federally declared Exceptional Circumstances (EC) areas should not be … Read moreQld Govt still cool on water charge freeze

NSW groundwater irrigators start class action

23rd November 2006Murray Valley ground water irrigators are leading a State-wide class action case against the NSW Government and its structural adjustment packages.They’re fighting for “fair market value” compensation for water taken from them.The irrigators are hoping to get leave of appeal to take their case to the Federal High Court.They’re proceeding with their class … Read moreNSW groundwater irrigators start class action

Qld Govt still cool on water charge freeze

23rd November 2006Frustrated Queensland irrigators are still waiting for the Qld Government to freeze charges on their water allocations.Much of the water being charged for won’t be delivered because of the drought – it doesn’t exist, according to Queensland Country Life.And AgForce Qld says irrigators in federally declared Exceptional Circumstances (EC) areas should not be … Read moreQld Govt still cool on water charge freeze

NSW groundwater irrigators start class action

23rd November 2006Murray Valley ground water irrigators are leading a State-wide class action case against the NSW Government and its structural adjustment packages.They’re fighting for “fair market value” compensation for water taken from them.The irrigators are hoping to get leave of appeal to take their case to the Federal High Court.They’re proceeding with their class … Read moreNSW groundwater irrigators start class action

Qld landholders caught up in vegetation red tape

20th November 2006The Queensland Government has been accused of bungling the administration of vegetation management laws with new figures showing more than 1300 landholders are waiting up to two and a half years for property maps.Coalition questioning in State Parliament has revealed 2768 landholders have forked out $795,950 for Property Maps of Assessable Vegetation since … Read moreQld landholders caught up in vegetation red tape

More help for workers in drought-affected areas

20th November 2006The Federal Government has changed the Drought Force program to make it easier for those who have lost their jobs in Exceptional Circumstances areas to do volunteer work on private farms and receive a pay packet from the Government.Minister for Workforce Participation, Dr Sharman Stone, says the changes mean that people in receipt … Read moreMore help for workers in drought-affected areas