Water rebates system now in place: AgForce

8th March 2007Queensland irrigators can now apply for up to $10,000 a year to offset the cost of paying for water they will never receive, according to AgForce water spokesperson Ian Burnett.“AgForce lobbied hard to ensure this inequitable situation, where farmers were paying for something they were not receiving, was recognised by the State Government,” … Read moreWater rebates system now in place: AgForce

Cobb thinks water plan will increase farm production

5th March 2007The new assistant minister for Water, John Cobb, hopes the government will use money from its $10 billion plan for water to help farmers “keep doing what they do best”, rather than sell irrigation licences to make water savings.The former farm lobby boss from Condobolin, NSW, believes the Federal Government’s water plan will … Read moreCobb thinks water plan will increase farm production

Release of national water charging stocktake

28th February 2007The first national stocktake of water charging policies in urban and rural water sectors was released today by the chairman of the National Water Commission, Ken Matthews.The stocktake is the first step in developing consistent approaches to the way water charges are set across Australia—a key objective of the National Water Initiative (NWI).Mr … Read moreRelease of national water charging stocktake

Rural investment schemes put extra pressure on water use

27th February 2007The NSW Farmers’ Association has called again for the Federal Government to stick by its decision to remove tax concessions for agribusiness managed investment schemes (MIS).The renewed attack is timed to coincide with the current political summit on national water management.Chair of the association’s Conservation & Resource Management Committee, Louise Burge, says, “Upfront … Read moreRural investment schemes put extra pressure on water use

Qld farmers call for commonsense on water plan

23rd February 2007Queensland Farmers Federation has called on Federal and State Governments to agree on a “commonsense” approach to water reform that provides more effective national leadership on the Murray Darling Basin while providing certainty in arrangements at the farm level.QFF chief executive, John Cherry, said that a successful reform agenda would need the Commonwealth … Read moreQld farmers call for commonsense on water plan

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

Water plans thwarted by land tenure insecurity

16th February 2007Plans to develop agricultural production in northern Australia via the Federal Government’s $10 billion water reform package may be halted by the inability of farmers to own and control their property in the north of Western Australia.Pastoralist and Graziers Association grains policy director, Slade Brockman, says lack of land ownership is a major … Read moreWater plans thwarted by land tenure insecurity

PM accused of misleading Parliament on water compo

15th February 2007Groundwater irrigators in NSW who were compensated for cutbacks to their entitlements will face an income tax bill on the payments after all.Prime Minister John Howard has confirmed the payments will be treated as taxable income, prompting accusations from Independent MP, Tony Windsor, that Mr Howard has previously misled Parliament over the issue.Mr … Read morePM accused of misleading Parliament on water compo

Qld farmers apprehensive on Federal water takeover

15th February 2007Queensland farmers are apprehensive about details emerging from Canberra about how far the Federal takeover of water management of the Murray-Darling basin is proposed to go and the impact this could have on water planning and the security of entitlements.Queensland Farmers Federation chief executive officer, John Cherry, says irrigators do not want to … Read moreQld farmers apprehensive on Federal water takeover

Irrigators input key role in water plan

14th February 2007Despite claims by farmers and irrigators that the government has been short on detail, the government insists the reform process has included a lot of input from irrigators in the past 12 months.Deputy Prime Minister, Mark Vaile, says irrigators have already contributed significantly to the government’s reform plans for the Murray Darling Basin.Mr … Read moreIrrigators input key role in water plan

PM must act on water tax after payments to irrigators delayed

12th February 2007Payments to NSW irrigators have not been paid because no ruling has been made on the taxation status of entitlement payments for lost groundwater.NSW Irrigators Council chief executive, Doug Miell, said Prime Minister, John Howard, “must act immediately” and have the groundwater entitlement payments’ taxation status clarified.Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has advised the … Read morePM must act on water tax after payments to irrigators delayed

Irrigators want water rights honoured under $10 billion plan

8th February 2007Irrigators are demanding the Federal Government honour existing property rights agreed to under the National Water Initiative (NWI) in the new $10 billion plan for water.They have warned anything less than that will risk an election-year backlash from the Coalition’s rural heartland after the Government confirmed that water allocations, secured by the NWI … Read moreIrrigators want water rights honoured under $10 billion plan

Irrigators want water rights honoured under $10 billion plan

8th February 2007Irrigators are demanding the Federal Government honour existing property rights agreed to under the National Water Initiative (NWI) in the new $10 billion plan for water.They have warned anything less than that will risk an election-year backlash from the Coalition’s rural heartland after the Government confirmed that water allocations, secured by the NWI … Read moreIrrigators want water rights honoured under $10 billion plan

Irrigators want water rights honoured under $10 billion plan

8th February 2007Irrigators are demanding the Federal Government honour existing property rights agreed to under the National Water Initiative (NWI) in the new $10 billion plan for water.They have warned anything less than that will risk an election-year backlash from the Coalition’s rural heartland after the Government confirmed that water allocations, secured by the NWI … Read moreIrrigators want water rights honoured under $10 billion plan

NSW Oppositions Native Vegetation policy positive: NSW Farmers

31st January 2007The NSW Farmers’ Association today welcomes the NSW Opposition’s Native Vegetation policy announcement.The association’s president, Jock Laurie, says, “The NSW Farmers’ Association has raised concerns about the current Native Vegetation regulations. “The Opposition’s policy addresses those concerns.“If implemented, it would see the system become less rigid and prescriptive.“It would allow farmers to efficiently … Read moreNSW Oppositions Native Vegetation policy positive: NSW Farmers