IS THE CONDAMINE ALLUVIUM WORTH FIGHTING FOR

2nd August IS THE CONDAMINE ALLUVIUM WORTH FIGHTING FOR? Dear Members Last week the Senate standing Committee on Rural Affairs and Transport held hearings in Dalby, Roma and Brisbane. This is a huge issue and one which has farmers locked in a David and Goliath struggle. Never has a disregard for agriculture and property rights … Read moreIS THE CONDAMINE ALLUVIUM WORTH FIGHTING FOR

We are reminded once again this country was formed by drought, floods, and wind and water erosion

15th February 2011  Dear members Weather Here we are in February, many of us with the wettest twelve months in memory behind us.  Our deepest sympathy goes out to all those displaced by flood waters and cyclones and those industries suffering substantial damage (and that’s most). We are reminded once again that this country was … Read moreWe are reminded once again this country was formed by drought, floods, and wind and water erosion

Merging Qld councils make no sense: economists

17th August 2007Queensland Premier Peter Beattie should ditch his plans to slash the number of councils from 156 to 72 on economic grounds, according to three experts. Throughout the controversial process, Mr Beattie has maintained the state needs stronger councils to deal with growth. Advice received by the government showed that at least 40pc of … Read moreMerging Qld councils make no sense: economists

Amalgamation plans slammed by Qld rural mayors

27th July 2007The worst fears of many rural mayors have been realised when Queensland Premier Peter Beattie this morning produced a wall-sized map of the State detailing far more extensive knife wielding than many had predicted. “157 shires in Queensland will become 73,” the Premier said, his words almost drowned by an audible gasp around … Read moreAmalgamation plans slammed by Qld rural mayors

Young farmers forum heading to Griffith

31st May 2007One hundred young Australians will have the chance to set new directions for Australia’s rural industries at the second National Young Farmers Forum, to be held in Griffith in July. The focus of the forum is innovation in water use and management. Minister for Agriculture, Peter McGauran, today called for nominations of young … Read moreYoung farmers forum heading to Griffith

Class action haults as cash dries up

25th May 2007Drought pressures and dwindling bank balances have stopped hundreds of southern irrigators joining the fight for compensation after drastic water cuts to groundwater and carry over allocations last year. Irrigators say financial pressures are forcing them to pull out of plans to launch class actions against the State Government’s water cuts, despite their … Read moreClass action haults as cash dries up

Vital data for irrigated industries goes online

24th April 2007The National Agricultural Monitoring System (NAMS) website this week has been expanded to provide vital information for irrigators – from stream flow data to climatic conditions and water availability. Minister for Agriculture, Peter McGauran, who launched an extension to the site, said the additional information would be of great benefit to farmers in … Read moreVital data for irrigated industries goes online

Beef industry at risk from water cuts

23rd April 2007Uncertainty surrounds the Federal Government’s Murray Darling water cuts, with conflicting messages about whether water will be available for livestock causing angst within the beef industry. Prime Minister John Howard announced last Thursday that without big rain in the next six weeks, all extraction entitlements would be slashed to zero, with water only … Read moreBeef industry at risk from water cuts

AgForce critical of one-size-fits-all approach to water

20th April 2007AgForce water spokesman, Kim Bremner, says the Prime Minister’s one-size-fits-all approach to cutting allocations to zero for Murray Darling Basin irrigators unnecessarily penalises farmers. Mr Bremner says water use should be determined by availability within individual catchments. Prime Minister John Howard’s announcement yesterday sent shockwaves through the farming sector. But Mr Bremner says … Read moreAgForce critical of one-size-fits-all approach to water

Halt to irrigation will be devastating: NFF

20th April 2007National Farmers Federation chief executive, Ben Fargher, says farmers are resilient, innovative people who are able to manage risk. But Prime Minister John Howard’s announcement yesterday to halt irrigation in the Murray Darling Basin could devastate thousands, Mr Fargher says, along with the rural and regional communities dependent on irrigated agriculture. Mr Fargher … Read moreHalt to irrigation will be devastating: NFF

Already no water for crops in Qlds end of Murray-Darling

19th April 2007The Prime Minister’s release today of emergency water recommendations for the Murray Darling, with a likely zero water allocation for irrigation, in order to secure urban supplies if there is no heavy rain, would have little effect on Queensland, according to Queensland Farmers’ Federation, chief executive officer, John Cherry. “We are pretty much … Read moreAlready no water for crops in Qlds end of Murray-Darling

Cross-border water pipeline idea angers NSW

13th April 2007The Federal Government has been warned it will have a fight on its hands over any proposal to pump water from northern NSW rivers to Queensland’s drought stricken south-east. Federal Water Resources Minister Malcolm Turnbull is releasing a report in Brisbane which concludes a cross-border pipeline would be a cost-effective option to easing … Read moreCross-border water pipeline idea angers NSW

PRA Media Release Valuation Rip-Off

13th April 2007 Property Rights Australia (PRA) welcomes and supports the Belyando Shire landholder group’s action to contest the Department of Natural Resources and Water valuation rises of up to 250% following a similar rise in recent years. PRA Chairman John Purcell says, “It is hoped that other shires such as Bauhinia, Banana, Bowen, Peak … Read morePRA Media Release Valuation Rip-Off

Green light for Warrego, Qld, water sale

28th March 2007The Queensland Government has overcome national pressure to follow through with its plans to auction 8000 megalitres of water on the Warrego River in southwest Queensland. Last month, the auctions were put on hold indefinitely, following concerns of over-allocation from a feeder river of the Murray Darling Basin, during extended drought. But Prime … Read moreGreen light for Warrego, Qld, water sale

Review by Les White (PRA Treasurer/Secretary) – The Bradfield Scheme

21st February 2007 Australia is the driest continent on Earth is the excuse the State and Federal Government conveniently uses to cover up their lack of vision in not constructing the essential water Storage and Distribution Infrastructures required in order to sustain the population growth and encourage food and fibre production we require. The current … Read moreReview by Les White (PRA Treasurer/Secretary) – The Bradfield Scheme