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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves Beware

15th November 2006 The drought is severe and there are many farmers and graziers suffering incredibly these conditions. There are also now numerous drovers on the road utilising the TSR’s (traveling stock routes) in an attempt to keep their stock fed and hence their business assets alive, or someone else’s. The Webb’s are one of … Read moreGypsies, Tramps & Thieves Beware

Qld may freeze water charges, too

15th November 2006Qld Water Minister, Craig Wallace, says his Government is costing a proposal to freeze irrigation water charges for those farmers affected by drought.He says Acting Premier, Anna Bligh, has given an undertaking to consider water charging rate relief for people who are in exceptional circumstances areas.But he’s warned that Qld wants the Federal … Read moreQld may freeze water charges, too

Starts by capping land rents, to ease pressure on farmers: AgForce

15th November 2006AgForce Qld has renewed its calls for the Qld Government to overhaul the leasehold land rental system in the wake of last week’s comments by the Prime Minister, at the water summit in Canberra.Mr Howard suggested the states waive water charges and introduce a rates rebate scheme to help drought affected farmers.AgForce vice … Read moreStarts by capping land rents, to ease pressure on farmers: AgForce

DNRM Illegal Tree Clearing blitz in South Western Queensland

26th May 2006 The Department of Natural Resources and Mines is currently undertaking an ‘illegal tree clearing blitz’ in South West Queensland. The investigations are occurring at a time when landholders are still feeling the harsh impacts of drought conditions and remain uncertain about fodder clearing permits. DNRM investigators are touring the region and providing … Read moreDNRM Illegal Tree Clearing blitz in South Western Queensland