Backlash grows against forced amalgamations

21st May 2007AgForce is calling on the State Government to halt its forced shire amalgamation process and give the community a meaningful say, in the wake of a comprehensive AgForce member survey and more grassroots protests. In a rare political irony, angry council workers chanted union slogans in protest against a the actions of a … Read moreBacklash grows against forced amalgamations

SMALL BUSINESS AND JOBS TO SUFFER UNDER BEATTIE’S COUNCIL AMALGAMATIONS

23rd April 2007 “Regional and Rural Small Businesses and local jobs are set to be decimated under the disgraceful Beattie Labor Government’s plan to force large scale Local Government amalgamations,” Shadow Minister for Local Government and Planning, Howard Hobbs said today. “The vast majority of Local Governments in Rural and Regional areas strongly support their … Read moreSMALL BUSINESS AND JOBS TO SUFFER UNDER BEATTIE’S COUNCIL AMALGAMATIONS

Not all Qld councils against amalgation

20th April 2007While many country mayors are outraged at the State Government’s new process for shire amalgamation, Waggamba Shire Mayor Tom Woods is taking it in his stride. While the Australian Local Government Association is angry that the process of negotiated reform under the Size Shape and Sustainability (SSS) program has been abandoned mid course, … Read moreNot all Qld councils against amalgation

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

PRA Media Release Beattie knows best? Again!

18th April 2007 Beattie believes he knows best for all of us, more ‘Big Brother’, ‘more big Government’. Why?  Beattie’s pledge to restructure and amalgamate Shires, no matter what Shire Councils and rate payers believe.  This action is taken when the Shires are working and are midway through their own review – what a waste! … Read morePRA Media Release Beattie knows best? Again!

Uproar over rural councils merger plan

17th April 2007Rural shire councils are seething that the Queensland Government has ditched a consultation process and will pursue forced shire amalgamations instead. Premier Peter Beattie today stunned local councillors across the state by announcing a new Qld Local Government Reform Commission. It will spend three months considering new boundaries for the long-term sustainability of … Read moreUproar over rural councils merger plan

Cross-border water pipeline idea angers NSW

13th April 2007The Federal Government has been warned it will have a fight on its hands over any proposal to pump water from northern NSW rivers to Queensland’s drought stricken south-east. Federal Water Resources Minister Malcolm Turnbull is releasing a report in Brisbane which concludes a cross-border pipeline would be a cost-effective option to easing … Read moreCross-border water pipeline idea angers NSW

Qld leaseholders to win extensions for environmental work

19th March 2007Queensland farmers and graziers who lease State Government land will be able to get longer leases if they improve the condition of their land, under innovative land reforms introduced in the Queensland Parliament yesterday.Minister for Natural Resources and Water, Craig Wallace, says the Land and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2007 will facilitate the … Read moreQld leaseholders to win extensions for environmental work

What Really Causes Climate Change? By Laurence Hecht

14th March 2007 Dynamics of Earth-Sun orbital relationships, and not statisti- we have just presented. He might also argue that the recent cal trends in greenhouse gases, are the principal cause of cli- decades’ warming trend—that is an upward trend of about mate change, as the past 2-million-year record of Ice Ages one-half degree celsius … Read moreWhat Really Causes Climate Change? By Laurence Hecht

Push for quick fix for Qld land rent dispute

1st March 2007The tricky problem of adjusting Queensland leasehold land rents to meet soaring property values could be resolved by the end of the month.Ahead of a meeting with AgForce on Wednesday afternoon, State Natural Resources and Water Minister, Craig Wallace, forecast a reform package would be announced during March.The issue was brought to a … Read morePush for quick fix for Qld land rent dispute

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

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

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 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