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

PRA shows solidarity with Peter Spencer

10th December 2009 10th December 2009 On 24th January 2005, Michael Duffy on ABC Radio National’s Counterpoint began a series of three programmes called The Great White Land Grab. The first one dealt with the case of Peter Spencer’s property south of the ACT border being expropriated in the national interest. Other sessions covered similar … Read morePRA shows solidarity with Peter Spencer

WARREGO WATER SHOULD STAY IN QUEENSLAND – NOT GIVEN TO NSW

17th September 2007“The Warrego Water Auction should continue without further political debate,” Member for Warrego Howard Hobbs said today. “The Warrego water action scheduled for 18th September in Charleville and 19th September in Cunnamulla has now been put on hold for two weeks by the State Government,” Mr Hobbs said. “There is no sense in … Read moreWARREGO WATER SHOULD STAY IN QUEENSLAND – NOT GIVEN TO NSW

Qld irrigators on edge over water deal

25th July 2007Queensland irrigators are on edge, believing it will be “a very tense week” as the implications of Victoria’s failing to agree to Prime Minister John Howard’s $10 billion national water plan for the Murray Darling Basin strike home. The Victorian Government’s refusal to continue negotiations with the Commonwealth might change the whole political … Read moreQld irrigators on edge over water deal

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

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

Stock, northern basin, not affected by irrigation shut-off

20th April 2007Farmers in the Murray Darling Basin will still be able to water livestock under a contingency plan unveiled by the Federal Government yesterday. Prime Minister John Howard triggered confusion among the farm sector when he stipulated water would only be available for “critical urban and domestic” purposes, and not livestock. That prompted calls … Read moreStock, northern basin, not affected by irrigation shut-off

Local farmers support Clarence dam, despite opposition

19th April 2007Plans to dam the Clarence, NSW’s largest volume river, and pipe tens of thousands of megalitres to parched south-east Queenslanders have met with vehement community opposition – and unexpected farmer support. As previously reported, the local mayor and others have labelled the plan ‘a disaster’. Conservationists and Clarence fishermen claim an estuary that … Read moreLocal farmers support Clarence dam, despite opposition

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

Warrego water sale wrong: Cobb

4th April 2007The Queensland Government’s decision to auction off 8000 megalitres of water licences on the Warrego River is wrong and should not happen, according to the Federal Government’s assistant water minister, John Cobb. Despite the water auction getting the thumbs up from Prime Minister, John Howard, last week, Mr Cobb believes in the current … Read moreWarrego water sale wrong: Cobb

Qld irrigators get water entitlements security

30th March 2007The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has welcomed the decision by the Prime Minister to allow Queensland to move to complete its water planning process in the Murray-Darling catchments ahead of the Federal takeover of the process. The plans, which were to be finalised in the next few months after a nine year process, … Read moreQld irrigators get water entitlements security

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

Nationals threaten to spill water plan

12th March 2007The Federal Nationals are pushing to limit the buying back of irrigation licences as part of the Government’s $10-billion Murray-Darling Basin plan, raising accusations that they are trying to scupper the deal.Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile and Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran are insisting purchase of irrigation entitlements should be only a last resort.They … Read moreNationals threaten to spill water plan