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

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

NSW Farmers support land use inquiry

8th February 2007The NSW Farmers’ Association supports today’s announcement to establish an independent inquiry into rural land use in Central West NSW.President of the NSW Farmers’ Association, Jock Laurie, says issues surrounding Land Use Planning are being felt statewide.“The NSW Farmers’ Association considers it important, particularly in developing areas like the Central West, that agricultural … Read moreNSW Farmers support land use inquiry

NSW Farmers support land use inquiry

8th February 2007The NSW Farmers’ Association supports today’s announcement to establish an independent inquiry into rural land use in Central West NSW.President of the NSW Farmers’ Association, Jock Laurie, says issues surrounding Land Use Planning are being felt statewide.“The NSW Farmers’ Association considers it important, particularly in developing areas like the Central West, that agricultural … Read moreNSW Farmers support land use inquiry

NSW Farmers support land use inquiry

8th February 2007The NSW Farmers’ Association supports today’s announcement to establish an independent inquiry into rural land use in Central West NSW.President of the NSW Farmers’ Association, Jock Laurie, says issues surrounding Land Use Planning are being felt statewide.“The NSW Farmers’ Association considers it important, particularly in developing areas like the Central West, that agricultural … Read moreNSW Farmers support land use inquiry

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

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

Qld vegetation assistance funding must be extended: Nats

12th January 2007The Queensland Nationals are demanding the State Government extend its native vegetation compensation scheme.With only six weeks left before applications close, The Nationals say more than half of the State Government’s $130 million vegetation management assistance package has not been spent.Opposition natural resources spokesman, Ray Hopper, says the assistance package eligibility criteria should … Read moreQld vegetation assistance funding must be extended: Nats

Water Commission gave all clear to Warrego irrigation

12th January 2007Water Commission gave all clear to Warrego irrigation AustraliaFriday, 12 January 2007 The National Water Commission has endorsed the management of water in Queensland, including management plans for the Warrego River, according to the State’s Acting Water Minister, Paul Lucas. The claim comes after Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Water, Malcolm Turnbull, this week … Read moreWater Commission gave all clear to Warrego irrigation

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

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

Australia’s Salinity Crisis- what crisis?

30th May 2006 It’s an apocalyptic story of environmental disaster we all know so well. The Murray Darling basin is being poisoned by salt. Adelaide’s water supply is threatened, along with some of our most productive farmland — and our beautiful rivers are dying. It’s a frightening scenario. But is it true? The Channel 9’s … Read moreAustralia’s Salinity Crisis- what crisis?