" John and Jane Payne have been forced to stake out their Dabee property, day and night to try and stop illegal hunters.
The Hoppynge Farm owners, who breed Boer goats on their 500 acre property outside Rylstone/Kandos, have been targeted three times in the last ten days.
“We found two kids who were dead and it looks like signs of neck wounds, which is unusual, they don’t appear to be consistent with firearms and we surmise that they have been shot with a crossbow or similar,” Mr Payne said.
“Two nights later, last Thursday, we found six kids in the paddock, all had been shot through the neck – some of them multiple times, and on Friday night we found yet another one had been shot and they trussed it up with some wire.
“It’s not sport because there’s no sport in killing little kids, three months old, sitting in the paddock,” he said. “In all these cases, they’ve just been shot through the neck and left.”
“All of this has been within 200 metres of the house and even though we have cameras everywhere” Mr Payne said.
“The thing that’s really sad is that they are senselessly killing animals for no reason, especially little defenceless animals.” "
NT " The independent hydraulic fracturing inquiry draft final report was released on Tuesday with 120 recommendations for the Gunner government, which continues to feel federal pressure to lift its onshore gas ban.
Inquiry chair Justice Rachel Pepper said it was not her role to recommend whether Labor should end its moratorium on the controversial shale gas extraction method, but to advise on how to mitigate the risks to an acceptable level if it did.
The report advised that a two to three year study to gather baseline regional data must be completed before any fracking production licences are granted or the industry developed, but exploration can start beforehand.
This assessment would investigate human health, ecosystems and groundwater impacts.
Only land that is environmentally, socially, and culturally appropriate should be released for development, the report said.
It said the reinjection of waste water into aquifers must not be permitted until investigations can determine whether risks can be managed to acceptable levels.
The report calls for monitoring of methane gas concentrations to be undertaken for at least one year before shale gas production starts.
It also recommends that an independent regulator should be introduced and the current regulatory framework should be reformed to ensure compliance and strengthen accountability. "
. " Justice Pepper said the recommendations for baseline groundwater studies and increased independence for the regulator were the most significant recommendations in the report. In the Beetaloo Basin — one of the most prospective areas for shale gas in the Northern territory — there was currently not enough information on groundwater resources to assess the risk of excessive use of groundwater from fracking, the report revealed. Justice Pepper said baseline groundwater studies were critical. "The community constantly told us that they were very concerned that those studies weren't in place and didn't exist and they do need to be in place and they do need to exist, and you need to know what you're dealing before you go forward," she said. The draft report also recommends responsibility for regulating the industry be moved from the NT's Department of Primary Industry and Resources, which is also involved in industry promotion. The panel said the dual roles appeared to be fuelling public concern the department was not independent. "The panel has concluded that these two responsibilities must be separated to ensure that decision-making is independent," the report stated. " www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-12/nt-fracking-draft-report-handed-down/9252208
#LonerganSays How much does a farmer make out of a loaf of bread?
The average price of a loaf of white bread is around $3.00. It has to be said there are some extraordinary bread specials in the big supermarkets at present and these can only be regarded as ‘lost leaders’. That is, the product is sold at a loss or break even, to entice customers into the store and hope they will also buy items loaded with profit.
The average loaf of bread has about 400 grams of flour — this is produced from around 535 grams of wheat.
When wheat is at its present price, around $250 dollars a tonne, the flour will represent around 11.35c per loaf of the input costs.
The rest of the price can be attributed to manufacturing, energy and transport costs – plus the margin for the retailer — a closely kept secret but usually around 30% to 50%. So the wheat costs 11.35c per loaf… About 3.4% of a $3.00 loaf.
The $250 a tonne for the farmer for wheat includes inputs for the cost of seed, fertiliser, diesel, labour and machinery – and then the farmer pays a commission for an agent to sell the wheat.
So how much does a wheat grower make from a loaf of bread?
" Border district landholders say they fear they are fighting a losing battle against the invasive Harrisa Cactus despite some positive steps taken in control methods.
NSW Local Land Services senior projects officer Keith Walker said they had taken the learnings from the trials out into the paddocks so landholders could apply that information to their own specific infestations.
“As a cactus it can put up with a lot of things. “It'll have a long root that whilst you can spray the plant itself and kill of the fronds, you've really got to kill that too otherwise it's going to re-shoot. “So it takes about three years to really get through a paddock and kill a plant.”
Richard Doyle, Malgarai, Boggabilla, said there needs to be a far more coordinated approach to the control of Harrissia than what is currently in place.
“It’s having the resources we need to get on top of it,” he said.
“Council, Local Land Services and us landholders don’t have the budget to control it.
Charters Towers residents are suffering from the worst bat plague in living memory, with up to 200,000 flying foxes invading the town. Two parks and the swimming pool have been closed in the city centre, and residents are prisoners in their own homes.
About 170 residents conducted a street march on Saturday, demanding action be taken and a larger protest is planned for this weekend.
Mother-of-five Megan Fitzgerald lives directly opposite Lissner Park and said the bats were making life unbearable.
“The kids can’t go outside and play. There is bat s**t everywhere. I’ve had to throw clothes from the line away, and put a tarp over the washing line. The cars are washed every day, the dog lives inside, it’s crazy,” Ms Fitzgerald said.
“Come about 6.30pm-7pm when they leave we have to close the house up, the stench makes you want to vomit.
“We used to sit outside and eat dinner, we can’t and don’t even want to mow the grass now.”
Ms Fitzgerald said she feared for her children’s health and if nothing was done she’d be leaving town.
Charters Towers Mayor Liz Schmidt said she understood the communities angst but council’s hands were tied due to State Government regulations.
She estimated numbers of little red and black flying foxes had reached 200,000 and said people were suffering not only mentally from the constant screeching and stench, but physically also. “To government I say come and see what we deal with, roll your swag out under the trees. "
In the US, the likes of the Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Association and the editor of this newspaper in Texas have over the last year spoken out against the folly of their national Cattlemen's Association joining the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.
PRA has led the charge against the Australian beef industry joining the global roundtable. In 2012 the attempt to start up the Australian roundtable was successfully stopped. That is one thing incorrect in this editorial, but on the whole this is an correct assessment of the danger of collaboration with WWF.
" Though multi-billion dollar companies are coming together in the name of collaboration with efforts towards efficiency, a free market is sustainable only without collusion. Collusion is the secret cooperation with others to deceive or coerce another person. Collusion is a silent bully. While a meat market may decide they don’t want to purchase beef from a rancher for any certain reason, both the rancher and the meat market are free to keep going about business as usual- with others. But if the meat market gets together with all the other big meat markets in the area and tell the rancher he has to meet some demands before they’ll purchase from him, that is one sure way that a free market dies. The rancher will have to abide by the demands of the retailers or eat his own cows to survive.
These roundtables are looking to implement practices that ranchers will have to abide by in order for their beef to remain in the food chain.
While many solutions can be achieved through collaboration, there are two main concerns: what is the cost of collusion and who sits at the table?
With statements concerned with protecting creeks, rivers and riparian areas and zero deforestation, it should be no surprise to find that the World Wildlife Fund and the Rainforest Alliance also sit at the roundtable. It also becomes clear that more than beef sustainability is on the agenda.
According to the GRSB, sustainability means a wide range of agenda items including reducing air pollution and preventing climate change, where able, and even reducing food and carcass waste. Think green. For a rancher, things like third-party audits and top-down regulations may simply look like dollar signs, but there’s more than operating costs at stake."
. " The environmental group, World Wildlife Fund (WWF aka World Wide Fund for Nature), seeks to fundamentally change the entire beef industry WWF’s website states that their goal is to transform the beef supply chain by influencing the “companies [which] control twenty- five percent of all fifteen of the most significant commodities that threaten biodiversity” (Clay, 2010). In a 2011 BEEF Issues Quarterly interview, WWF Senior V.P. of Markets, Jason Clayclassified producers at the “top” as those belonging to beef organizations. “I think NGOs and producers working together can figure out how to move the top . . . [while] government’s role is probably to move the bottom . . . And that’s where regulation has to come in.” " brianallmerradionetwork.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/12-14-16-cica-global-roundtable-for-sustainable-...
What's the 'thinking' behind the likes of WWF?....."Another product of the Earth Summit in Rio was the Earth Charter, a quasi-religious document that Mikhail Gorbachev, who helped draft the text along with Maurice Strong, referred to as a replacement for the Ten Commandments, and which sought to usher in an era of Gaia worship and global responsibility. Declaring that “[f]undamental changes are needed in our values, institutions, and ways of living,” the document then counsels that we must create a world of “shared responsibility” to the “Earth community,” before concluding: “In order to build a sustainable global community, the nations of the world must renew their commitment to the United Nations, fulfill their obligations under existing international agreements, and support the implementation of Earth Charter principles with an international legally binding instrument on environment and development.” steemit.com/documentary/@corbettreport/how-big-oil-controls-the-environmental-movement
The GRSB website still has Australia as a member and the continuously cash-strapped Cattle Council of Australia always sends a representative or more to their meetings to acquiesse in their philosophy.
There is only RU1 - agricultural land and RU2 - Rural scenic. There is basically no way to identify Prime ag land other than an Ag department report that identifies State and regionally significant farmland based on soil type but this is not zoning. Farmland will only be appreciated when the cities go hungry, until that actually occurs they couldn't care less.
People power - band together and present a united front to government who are allowing this to happen. Get as much publicity as you can - photos - get the farmers to tell their stories on social media. Suggest areas that don't have the same value to food production. Use the words food production - so others will know there will be a loss of food available in the area. Make as much fuss as you can. Good luck!
Build it up high and grow shade tolerant crops like coco. Best of both worlds.
Don't you just love how activist protest groups think they should be allowed to receive international donations so they can lobby politicians to end YOUR industry! It appears they think they can be exempt from any law if they hide behind a 'moral high ground'... A moral high ground that they use for political lobbying. After reading the article, scroll to the comments section and read the tit-for-tat between Forest Scientists - Mark Poynter - and others. This conversation demonstrates precisely why these activist groups need to have their funding cut. The misinformation is rife! theconversation.com/green-groups-and-charities-could-be-collateral-damage-in-governments-foreign-...
From page 54 " As State Government laws they avoid entirely the ‘just terms’ constitutional guarantee. The interference with property rights under this framework also falls short of an acquisition, although the laws clearly have a significant impact on the property rights of individual property owners by substantially restricting what they can lawfully do with their land.
Environmentally Sensitive Areas framework has been described by the President of the Gingin Private Property Rights Group, Murray Nixon, as ‘some of the most complicated and difficult to interpret of any legislation ever’.
For example, the legislation expressly states that the grazing of stock that causes substantial damage to some or all of the native vegetation in an area will be considered clearing. Any native vegetation that is consumed by grazing stock must necessary have been substantially damaged – it has been eaten!
A farmer who finds their property declared as an ESA will effectively be unable to continue using the declared area for farming, at the risk of a criminal conviction. To continue farming they need to obtain a permit, which relies upon a bureaucrat from the Department of Environmental Regulation deciding to exercise their discretion to grant such a permit."
Go to page 62 to read 'The Case Of Peter Swift'
The Conclusion as found on page 66 " There are significant concerns regarding the protection of property rights in Australia at present, based primarily on two significant ‘gaps’ in the s 51(xxxi) ‘just terms’ compensation guarantee. The compensation guarantee does not currently extend to the States, and does not encompass significant restrictions to property rights that are imposed by government policies.
These two limitations are serious gaps in the current protection of property rights in Australia today, and they are starkly highlighted by the ESA framework in Western Australia. While the ESA framework has the laudable public policy goal of ensuring that vulnerable areas of environmental sensitivity are protected, it significantly overreaches and asks private property owners to bear the full cost of protecting land that the community supposedly values. The case of Peter Swift demonstrates the very real and human cost that has resulted from these policies, and the urgent need for some form of compensation mechanism to be implemented. "
" “So many planning issues directly affect the livelihoods of our farmers and primary producers, especially decisions about zoning and land use,” he said. [SA Opposition agriculture spokesperson David Ridgway]
"It is undoubtedly a complex area and farmers have to grapple with the additional complexities of buffer zones, pest animal and weed control and, in a number of instances, just nuisance complaints.
“There are a number of instances in which the interaction between farmers and neighbouring properties have resulted in a dispute.”
“Our food sector employs one in five South Australians, and for this reason our primary producers must be represented on our state’s peak planning body,” he said.
“Our primary producers must have a voice in SA's planning system to deliver a better outcome in the future.” "
A push for an agricultural representative on the State Planning Commission has taken another step forward, after Shadow Minister for Primary Industries David Ridgway introduced the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Amendment Bill into Legislative Council mid-year.