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Riverlands get briefed on flood potential

THE State Emergency Management Council has met with mayors of the Riverland Councils to discuss the potential risk of inundation in their areas and preparations should that occur.
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Minister for Families and Communities Jennifer Rankine said she welcomed the opportunity to discuss issues with the mayors and looked forward to working co-operatively as this situation develops.

River Murray flow rates into South Australia are now predicted to reach and remain in the range of 80,000 megalitres a day to 90,000 megalitres a day crossing the South Australia-Victoria border for the next few weeks, subject to additional rainfall and changes in River operations.

“The current level of flow is already causing localised inundation in low-lying areas near the River Murray,” Ms Rankine said.

“It is expected that the flow will slowly increase to the peak in late January or early February 2011, and then slowly decrease during March 2011.

“I am advised that a flow of 90,000 megalitres a day is not a threat to towns and this flow is well within the normal historical flow range for the River Murray in South Australia.

“It is nothing like the 350,000 megalitres that we experienced during the floods of the 1950s.

“We are monitoring the situation closely and we are expecting to see increased flows coming down the river system over the next few weeks.

“Areas which could be inundated include campsites, causeways, roads, floodplains and riverfront shacks. Low-lying caravan parks have been fore-warned and are moving cabins to higher ground.

“Our main priority is to minimise the effect on people and their properties, contain the inundated area and then work quickly on any recovery efforts.

“The SES has been working closely with local councils and Mayors in the regions which stand to be affected and today’s meeting was another chance to talk about how we can best prepare for any potential inundation.”

While the high flows continue, the Department for Water will issue weekly Flow Advice Updates as flow projections, levels and timings are reviewed and updated.

Flow Advice Updates and River Murray inundation maps are available at 梧桐夜网waterconnect.sa.gov419论坛

Emergency Services are working closely with other government agencies to monitor the situation and keep local communities informed.

The Minster said she looked forward to continue working co-operatively with the councils during this time.

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Government telling one side of Basin story: Birmingham

AUSTRALIANS angry at the bungling of water reform deserve to know the full story surrounding legal advice over preparation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, Coalition Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said.
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A Freedom of Information application by Senator Birmingham for legal advice, to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, relating to the weighting of economic, social and environmental considerations in preparing the Basin Plan has been refused.

Conflicting legal advice was central to a protracted dispute with water Minister Tony Burke that led to Mike Taylor last month announcing he would retire as Authority Chair at the end of this month. Despite seven weeks having now passed, Mr Burke is yet to announce Mr Taylor’s replacement.

“Thanks to Mike Taylor, everyone knows there’s conflicting advice, yet the Government insists on keeping one half of the story secret,” Senator Birmingham said.

“If it was good enough for Tony Burke last October to release his handpicked advice to suit his own purpose, why not release all of it? It shouldn’t even need a Freedom of Information application.

“All stakeholders, from irrigators and Basin communities to environmental groups, deserve to be fully informed, not selectively informed.

“The Government continues to spend ever more on buying back water licences of various security levels for questionable benefit while failing to progress water saving infrastructure upgrades and is already breaking promises of no delays to the Basin Plan timetable.

“Releasing all legal advice might at least go some way towards restoring confidence in the integrity of the Basin Plan preparation process.”

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Government telling one side of Basin story: Birmingham

Simon Birmingham.
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AUSTRALIANS angry at the bungling of water reform deserve to know the full story surrounding legal advice over preparation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, Coalition Basin spokesman Simon Birmingham said.

A Freedom of Information application by Senator Birmingham for legal advice, to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, relating to the weighting of economic, social and environmental considerations in preparing the Basin Plan has been refused.

Conflicting legal advice was central to a protracted dispute with water Minister Tony Burke that led to Mike Taylor last month announcing he would retire as Authority Chair at the end of this month. Despite seven weeks having now passed, Mr Burke is yet to announce Mr Taylor’s replacement.

“Thanks to Mike Taylor, everyone knows there’s conflicting advice, yet the Government insists on keeping one half of the story secret,” Senator Birmingham said.

“If it was good enough for Tony Burke last October to release his handpicked advice to suit his own purpose, why not release all of it? It shouldn’t even need a Freedom of Information application.

“All stakeholders, from irrigators and Basin communities to environmental groups, deserve to be fully informed, not selectively informed.

“The Government continues to spend ever more on buying back water licences of various security levels for questionable benefit while failing to progress water saving infrastructure upgrades and is already breaking promises of no delays to the Basin Plan timetable.

“Releasing all legal advice might at least go some way towards restoring confidence in the integrity of the Basin Plan preparation process.”

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On the road to rebuild Queensland

AS flood waters recede enough for Queensland farmers to get into their paddock and assess crop and infrastructure damage and find displaced cattle, the state’s agriculture group AgForce is hitting the road to help them rebuild.
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AgForce has teamed up with leading insurance providers, agribusiness banks, financial advisors and property planning experts to deliver ‘On The Road To Rebuilding’ – a one-stop shop of information and services – beginning in Central Queensland next week.

AgForce CEO Robert Walker said the four day tour would go into the heart of flood-damaged regions, giving farmers around Theodore, Moura, Rolleston, Emerald and Rockhampton access to advice and tools to get back on their feet.

“The situation has moved beyond initial flood response and short-term relief in these areas,” Mr Walker. “The challenge is now to rebuild on-farm infrastructure and kickstart production to ensure the Queensland agricultural industry can recover in the long-term and maintain our vital contribution to the economy, environment and society.”

On The Road To Rebuilding gives flood-affected farmers the chance to speak one-on-one with companies for advice on vital services and information such as:

How to rebuild your herd: what producers need to know about livestock health after flooding and procedures for finding and returning displaced livestock.How to rebuild your property: WFI with advice on assessing insurance needs; AgForce’s mapping team to access flood damage and build a pre and post-flood property condition report, property map, and infrastructure rebuilding plan which will be a vital tool is applying for new and revised loans.How to rebuild livelihood: Rural charity Aussie Helpers on how to access volunteers and donated equipment; Fitzroy Basin Association Inc with information on flood rebuilding grants; and the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.How to rebuild: NAB, Commonwealth Bank, Suncorp, Rural Bank, Westpac and ANZ for financial queries; free advice from an independent agribusiness management professional; and QRAA with information on flood relief and recovery assistanceOn The Road To Rebuilding – CQ post-flood tour

Tuesday February 1: Theodore Hotel Motel 8am-11am. BBQ breakfast supplied.Tuesday February 1: Kianga Hall, Moura, 3-6pm. BBQ dinner supplied.Wednesday February 2: Rolleston Town Hall 10am-2pm, BBQ lunch supplied.Thursday February 3: Emerald Town Hall, 8am-12noon. BBQ breakfast & lunch supplied.Friday February 4: DEEDI, Rockhampton 8am-11am, BBQ breakfast supplied.Participants can come at any time during the three-hour sessions, and all are welcome to catch up over a BBQ sponsored by AustSafe Super, with drinks at lunch/dinner events provided by Suncorp.

These sessions are obligation-free and provided at no cost to all primary producers.

Please contact AgForce on (07) 3236 3100 or [email protected]论坛 to RSVP for catering.

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Mandarin supply to be unaffected by Qld floods

AUSTRALIAN grown mandarins will return to supermarket shelves as usual when the season commences in April, with fruit volume, quality and price not expected to be affected by Queensland’s devastating floods.
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CEO of Citrus Australia, Judith Damiani, said the majority of Australian mandarins were grown in flood ravaged central Queensland, however most growers had escaped major crop damage and had good quality fruit remaining.

“About three quarters of Queensland’s commercial mandarin crop is grown in the Gayndah, Mundubbera and Emerald regions which were seriously impacted by the floods, however few crops in the region suffered the major impacts we feared,” Ms Damiani said.

“Whilst there has unfortunately been widespread damage to several orchards, most have large quantities of good quality mandarins still available, which is excellent news for growers and consumers.

“We wish everyone affected a speedy recovery,” she said.

Owner of Glen Grove Orchard at Gayndah, Greg Parr, said approximately 6000 of his orchard’s 65,000 mandarin trees went underwater, with 1500 of these trees severely damaged, however the impact of the fruit losses would be minimal.

“Many growers in the region including us have been experiencing an ‘up year,’ so production wise there will be ample mandarins to meet demand, so consumers need not worry about supply,” Mr Parr said.

“I have spoken to a number of growers in the region and several had sections of their crops damaged, so our focus now will be repairing our infrastructure to protect the mandarins that remain.”

Co-owner of Abbotsleigh Citrus, Michael McMahon, is one of the growers most affected by the floods, with 20 per cent of his Wallaville farm inundated, however will still have plenty of fruit to go to market.

“Our orchard has approximately 50,000 trees in total, so despite the losses suffered the volume we will be delivering to market will be similar to that of the 2010 season,” Mr McMahon said.

“We are confident of being able to harvest most of the fruit that was flooded. However a small number of our trees may take a few seasons to fully recover, and there is also uncertainty regarding the quality of the fruit these trees will produce, so it is likely the effects of these floods will be felt for some time.

“Luckily for most growers however it will be business as usual, and we would like to assure consumers that the quality of the mandarins they will see on the shelves will be of the same high standard that they expect of Aussie growers.”

The Aussie mandarin season runs from April through to October.

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Landcare facilitators to play key carbon farming role

Joe Ludwig.The Gillard Government has announced further consultations with farmers and landholders on the Carbon Farming Initiative, an important initiative to enable rural and regional communities to benefit from climate change projects.
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Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, and Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, said Regional Landcare Facilitators will work closely with farmers, Indigenous groups and other landholders to identify how they can benefit from the Carbon Farming Initiative.

Regional Landcare Facilitators will be invited to a national forum in Canberra in March this year, followed by state and territory based training days from March through to June.

Once the Carbon Farming Initiative legislation is in place, in mid 2011, the Government will support a series of workshops in the 56 Natural Resource Management regions to help communities better understand carbon markets and how to take part.

Indigenous Land Management Facilitators working under the Caring for Our Country program of the Environment Department would also be involved.

“Landcare has a long history of working with farmers and other land managers to benefit from sustainable land management practices,” Minister Ludwig said.

“Regional Landcare Facilitators are in a unique position through their community networks to help land managers understand how the Carbon Farming Initiative will help them.”

Mr Combet said the Government would also look for opportunities to expand the rollout of information on the Carbon Farming Initiative using the expertise of other natural resource management and farming groups.

“The Carbon Farming Initiative will allow rural landholders to reap the benefits of their efforts towards tackling climate change by earning income from undertaking approved emission reduction and sequestration activities,” Mr Combet said.

“Rural landholders will be able to participate in and benefit from the Carbon Farming Initiative by generating and trading carbon credits.”

Many activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or sequester carbon also have the potential to produce benefits for farm productivity, biodiversity and natural resource management.

Under the Carbon Farming Initiative, the Government will invest $45.6 million over the four years from 2010–11 to 2013–14 to establish a carbon crediting mechanism for land-based activities, fast-track development of methodologies for carbon offset projects, and give farmers the knowledge, capacity and confidence to generate, and benefit from, carbon credits.

The Government will continue to work consultatively with landholders and others. Formal submissions on a November 2010 consultation paper on the proposed design of the Carbon Farming Initiative have been extended until 4 February 2011. The Government has also released draft legislation and methodology guidelines for public discussion and comment by 4 February 2011.

For more information on the Carbon Farming Initiative, visit 梧桐夜网climatechange.gov419论坛/cfi .

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Landcare facilitators to play key carbon farming role

Joe Ludwig.The Gillard Government has announced further consultations with farmers and landholders on the Carbon Farming Initiative, an important initiative to enable rural and regional communities to benefit from climate change projects.
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Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, and Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, said Regional Landcare Facilitators will work closely with farmers, Indigenous groups and other landholders to identify how they can benefit from the Carbon Farming Initiative.

Regional Landcare Facilitators will be invited to a national forum in Canberra in March this year, followed by state and territory based training days from March through to June.

Once the Carbon Farming Initiative legislation is in place, in mid 2011, the Government will support a series of workshops in the 56 Natural Resource Management regions to help communities better understand carbon markets and how to take part.

Indigenous Land Management Facilitators working under the Caring for Our Country program of the Environment Department would also be involved.

“Landcare has a long history of working with farmers and other land managers to benefit from sustainable land management practices,” Minister Ludwig said.

“Regional Landcare Facilitators are in a unique position through their community networks to help land managers understand how the Carbon Farming Initiative will help them.”

Mr Combet said the Government would also look for opportunities to expand the rollout of information on the Carbon Farming Initiative using the expertise of other natural resource management and farming groups.

“The Carbon Farming Initiative will allow rural landholders to reap the benefits of their efforts towards tackling climate change by earning income from undertaking approved emission reduction and sequestration activities,” Mr Combet said.

“Rural landholders will be able to participate in and benefit from the Carbon Farming Initiative by generating and trading carbon credits.”

Many activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or sequester carbon also have the potential to produce benefits for farm productivity, biodiversity and natural resource management.

Under the Carbon Farming Initiative, the Government will invest $45.6 million over the four years from 2010–11 to 2013–14 to establish a carbon crediting mechanism for land-based activities, fast-track development of methodologies for carbon offset projects, and give farmers the knowledge, capacity and confidence to generate, and benefit from, carbon credits.

The Government will continue to work consultatively with landholders and others. Formal submissions on a November 2010 consultation paper on the proposed design of the Carbon Farming Initiative have been extended until 4 February 2011. The Government has also released draft legislation and methodology guidelines for public discussion and comment by 4 February 2011.

For more information on the Carbon Farming Initiative, visit 梧桐夜网climatechange.gov419论坛/cfi .

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Grain Growers offloads

THE farmer organisation which founded GrainCorp has quit its $117 million shareholding in the big grain agribusiness.
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In a major push to wipe out its debt and diversify its investment portfolio, Grain Growers Limited has walked away from the big grain company its farmer members built when they bought the NSW Grain Corporation’s silo and port facilities back in 1992.

Melbourne-based Austock Securities offered the shares to institutions at $6.95, and 8.7 per cent discount to the closing price of $7.61, in a deal worth about $116.8 million, according to The Australian Financial Review .

“It’s with mixed emotions that the relationship has ended, but after almost 20 years the GrainCorp child has grown up and moved on,” said Grain Growers chairman, John Eastburn.

“And, it’s not a good idea for us to have 70pc of our assets tied to just one investment – we need a much more diverse and better balanced portfolio.”

After repaying about $50m in debt, the grower body will have about $90m-plus to provide ongoing funds to contribute to grain research, farmer training and other grower “capacity building” initiatives it supports.

Under farmer ownership in the 1990s, the former government-owned GrainCorp expanded into grain trading and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 1998.

It later acquired Victorian grain handler, Vicgrain, in 2000, Allied Mills’ flour milling business in 2002 (in partnership with Cargill), Queensland’s Grainco in 2003, and global malster, United Malt Holdings in 2009.

Until this week Grain Growers was GrainCorp’s largest shareholder, but it sold all its 16.8 million shares (8.45 per cent of the company) on Monday night.

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Spotlight falls on damaged irrigation systems

Counting the cost…………..there could be a run on new parts for many flood-affected irrigation systems.FLOOD-affected irrigators are being urged to assess the damaged equipment to ensure they gain speedy access to replacement parts.
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The Darling Downs regional chair of Irrigation Australia Ltd, David Wigginton, says, as the waters recede, any rush to renew submerged electrical and hydraulic components may place pressure on equipment suppliers.

“Right across Queensland there will be many irrigators with equipment that’s either been completely destroyed, or washed away, by fast-moving floodwater,” he said.

“Pumps on the edges of creeks and rivers may not have been pulled out in time and there may be damage to large irrigation machines, as well,” David Wigginton said.

The point being made by Irrigation Australia is that partially inundated crops may soon need to be irrigated, quickly becoming stressed if water in a farm’s storeage or supply system cannot be accessed.

“Potentially, in the supply sector, there could be quite a demand to replace damaged equipment over the next couple of months,” David Wigginton said.

“It’s going to be very important for growers to give their suppliers an indication of the type of equipment they might need to replace – even if they are not in a position to make an order, providing some idea of their potential needs will help ensure stocks are available.”

As the Queensland irrigation industry gets back on its feet, the talk already is of sourcing irrigation components from Western Australia.

David Wigginton says the flood impacts around Theodore and Emerald are “particularly bad,” also there has been “quite a lot of damage” across the Downs – especially along the Condamine – with Lockyer Valley irrigators certain to have been especially hard hit by the flash floods that ravaged the district.

Meanwhile, Irrigation Australia says its website may provide flood-affected irrigators with the latest government and industry support programmes.

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On the road to rebuild Queensland

AS flood waters recede enough for Queensland farmers to get into their paddock and assess crop and infrastructure damage and find displaced cattle, the state’s agriculture group AgForce is hitting the road to help them rebuild.
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AgForce has teamed up with leading insurance providers, agribusiness banks, financial advisors and property planning experts to deliver ‘On The Road To Rebuilding’ – a one-stop shop of information and services – beginning in Central Queensland next week.

AgForce CEO Robert Walker said the four day tour would go into the heart of flood-damaged regions, giving farmers around Theodore, Moura, Rolleston, Emerald and Rockhampton access to advice and tools to get back on their feet.

“The situation has moved beyond initial flood response and short-term relief in these areas,” Mr Walker. “The challenge is now to rebuild on-farm infrastructure and kickstart production to ensure the Queensland agricultural industry can recover in the long-term and maintain our vital contribution to the economy, environment and society.”

On The Road To Rebuilding gives flood-affected farmers the chance to speak one-on-one with companies for advice on vital services and information such as:

How to rebuild your herd: what producers need to know about livestock health after flooding and procedures for finding and returning displaced livestock.How to rebuild your property: WFI with advice on assessing insurance needs; AgForce’s mapping team to access flood damage and build a pre and post-flood property condition report, property map, and infrastructure rebuilding plan which will be a vital tool is applying for new and revised loans.How to rebuild livelihood: Rural charity Aussie Helpers on how to access volunteers and donated equipment; Fitzroy Basin Association Inc with information on flood rebuilding grants; and the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.How to rebuild: NAB, Commonwealth Bank, Suncorp, Rural Bank, Westpac and ANZ for financial queries; free advice from an independent agribusiness management professional; and QRAA with information on flood relief and recovery assistanceOn The Road To Rebuilding – CQ post-flood tour

Tuesday February 1: Theodore Hotel Motel 8am-11am. BBQ breakfast supplied.Tuesday February 1: Kianga Hall, Moura, 3-6pm. BBQ dinner supplied.Wednesday February 2: Rolleston Town Hall 10am-2pm, BBQ lunch supplied.Thursday February 3: Emerald Town Hall, 8am-12noon. BBQ breakfast & lunch supplied.Friday February 4: DEEDI, Rockhampton 8am-11am, BBQ breakfast supplied.Participants can come at any time during the three-hour sessions, and all are welcome to catch up over a BBQ sponsored by AustSafe Super, with drinks at lunch/dinner events provided by Suncorp.

These sessions are obligation-free and provided at no cost to all primary producers.

Please contact AgForce on (07) 3236 3100 or [email protected]论坛 to RSVP for catering.

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