PAROO RIVER SHOULD BE ASSESSED ON SCIENCE

19th February 2007 Member for Warrego Howard Hobbs today labeled the call by the Humane Society International (HIS) for the Paroo River to be protected first by the Australian Heritage Council (AHC) as rubbish and Mr Hobbs said any protection should be based on peer reviewed science. “I have written to the former Minister for … Read morePAROO RIVER SHOULD BE ASSESSED ON SCIENCE

Gabrielle Connolly – Fighting for what is ours

16th February 2007 Gabrielle Connolly has entered her story into ABC’s Heywire competition.  The Connolly’s have a long association with PRA.Heywire is about giving regional youths a voice about what it’s like for youth’s growing up in regional Australia.  This is her story;  It started 15 years ago, in 1991, when the National Parks and Wildlife … Read moreGabrielle Connolly – Fighting for what is ours

Dam crackdown leaves farmers high and dry

8th February 2007Up to 30 dams on Kangaroo Island, SA, farms could be deemed illegal for being built without approval from the Native Vegetation Council (NVC).With drought seriously affecting Kangaroo Island’s water supply, residents are outraged that NVC and the Department of Environment and Heritage want the dams pulled down for allegedly breaching the Native … Read moreDam crackdown leaves farmers high and dry

NSW irrigators stoush on $20m compo

29th January 2007Farmers in NSW are seeking urgent clarification on the eligibility criteria for the State Government’s $20m assistance package for southern irrigators, fearing many who planned for drought and carried over unused allocations will miss out.The $20m extraordinary assistance package (EAP) was announced by NSW Minister for Primary Industries and Natural Resources, Ian Macdonald, … Read moreNSW irrigators stoush on $20m compo

NSW irrigators stoush on $20m compo

29th January 2007Farmers in NSW are seeking urgent clarification on the eligibility criteria for the State Government’s $20m assistance package for southern irrigators, fearing many who planned for drought and carried over unused allocations will miss out.The $20m extraordinary assistance package (EAP) was announced by NSW Minister for Primary Industries and Natural Resources, Ian Macdonald, … Read moreNSW irrigators stoush on $20m compo

NSW irrigators stoush on $20m compo

29th January 2007Farmers in NSW are seeking urgent clarification on the eligibility criteria for the State Government’s $20m assistance package for southern irrigators, fearing many who planned for drought and carried over unused allocations will miss out.The $20m extraordinary assistance package (EAP) was announced by NSW Minister for Primary Industries and Natural Resources, Ian Macdonald, … Read moreNSW irrigators stoush on $20m compo

Woolies drought day draws shopper praise

24th January 2007Woolworths’ National Drought Action Day yesterday has drawn praise from the grocery buying public. The nation-wide supermarket chain pledged to donate the entire day’s profit to drought assistance for farming families and research into sustainable farming practices. While the exact figure will be known by 3pm today, Woolies estimated that about $3 million … Read moreWoolies drought day draws shopper praise

Woolies big drought relief day underway

23rd January 2007The National Farmers’ Federation is urging Australians to get behind Woolworths’ National Drought Action Day, today (Tuesday).Woolworths is putting the term ‘retail therapy’ into a new context.Woolworths has pledged to donate all of the day’s profits to drought relief and research.Expected to raise over $3 million through sales at all Woolworths and Safeway … Read moreWoolies big drought relief day underway

Assistance to irrigators yet to flow

22nd January 2007Struggling irrigation farmers with no water allocation are still waiting for the State Government to come good on a commitment of financial assistance.“Specialist irrigators in Central Queensland are really doing it tough,” Fitzroy Basin Food and Fibre Association executive officer Wal McDowall said today.“Even though there is a zero water allocation this season, … Read moreAssistance to irrigators yet to flow

Water meters to cost Qld irrigators $55 million

22nd January 2007Water meters to cost Qld irrigators $55 million AustraliaMonday, 22 January 2007 Queensland irrigators are about to be charged $55 million to pay for infrastructure they will never actually own, according to AgForce Queensland Water spokesperson, Ian Burnett.“And to make matters worse, once irrigators have bought and installed water meters on their properties, … Read moreWater meters to cost Qld irrigators $55 million

Southern NSW irrigators receive $20m for lost water

18th January 2007Southern NSW irrigators receive $20m for lost water By LUCY SKUTHORP and PENNY WATTS – AustraliaThursday, 18 January 2007 The NSW Government, just days after it was threatened by an irrigator class action, is today expected to announce a $20 million drought assistance package for southern irrigators who lost carryover or purchased water … Read moreSouthern NSW irrigators receive $20m for lost water

Drought Bus geared for action

15th January 2007Despite hopes of a waning El Nino weather pattern, the Federal Government says it is still “doing everything we can think of” in terms of ameliorating the effects of the prolonged drought. Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane, says the Government’s Drought Bus, which has been touring rural areas in recent months, is making it … Read moreDrought Bus geared for action

Turnbull orders investigation of new Qld licences

12th January 2007A Queensland Government plan to create new irrigation licences in the south west of the State has prompted an outcry from the drought-parched southern areas of the Murray Darling Basin.And it has prompted Federal Parliamentary Secretary Water, Malcolm Turnbull, to instigate a National Water Commission Inquiry into whether the proposal breaches the National … Read moreTurnbull orders investigation of new Qld licences

Woolworths to donate a days profit to drought relief

10th January 2007Woolworths is holding a national drought action day on January 23, donating its entire Supermarket profits that day to drought relief.Woolworths CEO, Michael Luscombe, says the majority of the money raised, expected to be more than of $3 million, will primarily be used by the Country Women’s Association to provide immediate support for … Read moreWoolworths to donate a days profit to drought relief

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