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Murray Darling Basin temporary trading of allocation water from licences upstream of ‘Barmah choke’, to downstream users, until 15 December 2007

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

The states, through the Murray Darling Basin Commission, have generally agreed to a temporary suspension of the rule that banned the temporary trading of allocation water from licences upstream of the Barmah choke to downstream users In the current circumstances, it was agreed that there was a need to widen the market in temporary trade and make water as freely tradeable as possible. Initially, suspension of the rule will last until 15 December 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian Greens could hold balance of power in the Senate after the next election, Liberal Senate leader Nick Minchin says

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

The Greens would hold the balance of power in the Senate after the next election, even on the strong primary vote being recorded for Labor at present, the government Senate leader Nick Minchin had warned, reported to Laura Tingle in The Australian Financial Review (12/7/2007, p.5). Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunwater changes rules: Paradise Dam, Queensland Bundaberg water users may top up with temporary transfer from Kolan

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

SunWater was now able to allow the Temporary Transfer of water from the Kolan Subscheme to the Burnett Subscheme subject to any operational constraints of the channel system. SunWater was advised by the Department of Natural Resources and Water, that Stage One of the Critical Water Supply Arrangements (CWSA) for the Bundaberg WSS were updated. SunWater Corporate Strategy Manager Tom Vanderbyl said under the updated arrangements, new Burnett Water High Priority and Medium Priority water allocations committed up to and including June 30, 2007 were to be included in the water sharing rules. Read the rest of this entry »

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GE Water, Veolia and Degremont will compete for South Australia and Victorian desalination plants

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

A public-private partnership is the most likely financial arrangement but the VictorianGovernment will not announce the funding deal until later this year reported The Age (7/7/2007). Read the rest of this entry »

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NSW Murrumbidgee Valley Water Report: 27 September 2007 shows Snowy flow-order saved the day

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

The Snowy release to the Murrumbidgee Valley for 2007/2008 was currently less than half of the normal volume. There was little rain fall across the Murrumbidgee Valley in the past 8 weeks and natural inflows into the major storages, Burrinjuck and Blowering dams, have receeded to low levels.
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Murrumbidgee towns may now ease water restrictions from Level 4 to Level 3a but emergency conditions remain:Water Sharing Plan still disabled

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

The NSW Department of Water and Energy, September 2007 Murrumbidgee High and General Security licences will be allowed to carryover up to 15 per cent of entitlement, as was permitted last water year. Carryover for High Security will be permitted until the Water Sharing Plan was reinstated. Read the rest of this entry »

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Flow to South Australia slow: September 2007, Lowest flows since 1968, downstream of Euston Weir, and no flow at all from from Kiewa and Ovens

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

The pattern of flows to South Australia over the remainder of the season will be critical in managing river salinity in SA and for meeting increasing diversion requirements and losses said David Dreverman General Manager in the River Murray Report For The Week Ending Wednesday, 19 September 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

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Emergency conditions: NSW withholds river-flow to southern states; had it not, it “would not have had any water for any purpose at the start of the season”

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

River levels
The NSW Department of Water and Energy said things were bad, very bad and only “critical water” was available; and there was the risk that event that supplied could fall so low essential services could not be provided. Read the rest of this entry »

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Murray Valley Water Report: September 2007- historical low, catastrophic dry feared for 2008/2009

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

Water availability to users in the Murray Valley continues to deteriorate – it has now reached an historical low, said The NSW Department of Water and Energy, September 2007. There was “Virtually no chance of a NSW Murray Valley allocation increase in September without immediate heavy rain…There was little rain across the Murray Valley in the past month and water supply continued to worsen. Without further inflows in the coming months there may not be any additional water available for use this year”. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 2007: All water held in accounts may be traded in NSW Hunter Valley

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

NSW Department of Water and Energy, September 2007 said all water held in accounts may be traded, including all water made available in 2007/2008, as well as account water carried over from 2006/2007. Read the rest of this entry »

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New policy-plan: NSW towns to purchase water on the open market in deal to go level 4 to level 3a, others must plan to truck water, open channels banned

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

The NSW Department of Water and Energy, said sufficient water will be provided to all towns to meet demands under Level 4 restrictions. Level 4 restrictions would continue until allocations of at least 20 per cent for high security licences were announced.MBDC flows

New idea: An option was currently being considered that would allow towns to purchase water on the open market if they wish to ease the level of restrictions from level 4 to level 3a. This would be on the basis that towns acquire 20 per cent of the volume to meet level 4 restrictions for that month. Read the rest of this entry »

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Queensland offers Darling-tributary, Condamine River irrigators 163 megalitres allocation from Sandy Creek, to Cecil Plains, when river is a dust-pile

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

According to Brad Pfeffer, in a report to Queensland Country Life, 27/9/2007, p. 9, “last week, the Department of Natural Resources and Water (NRW) posted letters to irrigators on the Condamine River in southern Queensland, calling for interest in 163 megalitres of medium-priority allocation. This was on a river where irrigators across this stretch of the river had no allocations from Leslie Dam for six years. The last dribbles of water sold at $2000/ML; and if allocations sold at that value the income at 163 x $2000/ML, would go to government. Read the rest of this entry »

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Armageddon mode: South Australia stops River Murray water flow into Lake Bonney, as moves to disconnect 27 wetlands, to secure downstream flow

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

According to townspeople in Barmera, the State Government’s stoppage of River Murray water flow into Lake Bonney on Tuesday was the “death knell” for Barmera, reported Doug Robertson, in The Advertiser, (27/09/2007, p.18).

Residents contemplate class action: Save Lake Bonney Group organiser Mark Beech, who ran Barmera Backpackers, said business people in the town were considering a class action against the Government for economic loss. He said Lake Bonney would be “dead” if the fresh water supply was cut off for several months.

Supplies cut: Earthmoving equipment moved in on Tuesday, making a 20 metre “temporary” earth barrier across Chambers Creek near Nappers Bridge, about 5 kilometre from the town centre. The Government had cut off River Murray water at 27 sites.

Govt defends action: State Water Security Minister Kaylene Maywald said discontinuing River Murray water from wetlands and lagoons was an emergency response to the drought.

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Qld opens sale of coal-zone; Surat, Surat-East acquifer allocations calls for registrations of interest for general reserve unallocated ground water

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

The Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Water calls for registrations of interest for general reserve unallocated water available under the ‘Water Resource (Great Artesian basin) Plan 2006‘ According to a public notice in The Courier Mail, (13/09/2007), the Department of Natural Resources and Water (the Department) intended to make available unallocated water held as General reserve water identified in North management areas. See storage levels in the regions, below.

Qld map

Specifics of area available with department: The water would be available through granting of water licences to take water under the Plan. The exact location of the boundary of the Area was held in digital electronic form by the Department of Natural Resources and Water and may be inspected at the department’s office at 203 Tor Street, Toowoomba.

Call for registration of interest: The Department was calling for registrations of interest from those having standing to apply for a water licence under section 206 of the Water Act 2000.

Release as per ROP: The water would be released through the process identified in the ‘Great Artesian Basin Resource Operations Plan 2000’ (the ROP). In accordance with the Plan, water may be granted, as far as practicable from the management units.

Licenses subject to provisions of the Act:
Any entitlement granted would be a water licence under section 212 of the Act and would be attached to land. The water licence would be subject to the provisions of the Act. This included that the water licence-

• must be granted for a specified period;

• must state the location from which water may be taken; and

• could be renewed.

No restrictions on numbers: There was no restriction on the number of water licences that could be attached to a particular parcel of land; therefore existing water licence holders could register interest for a water licence.

Approved land and water management plan required: An approved land and water management plan would be required before water could be taken for the purpose of irrigation under the water licence. The application to register would he assessed in accordance with section 15 of the ROP. It stated that some applications could be refused if they did not meet the requirements of the Plan or the ROP.

Unallocated water could be available: Following an assessment of application to register, unallocated water could be made available through either a tender or fixed price process as outlined in the ROP. Alternatively, no unallocated water could be made available.

Selection criteria: Selection of the process would depend upon-

• volumes available;

• volumes for which interests were registered; and

• any other relevant matters.

Requisites: It was required that interested parties wishing to register an interest for unallocated water were not bound to be part of any subsequent release of unallocated water through either a tender or fixed price process.

Mandatory expression of interest: However, to be eligible to apply for unallocated water that could be released through a tender process it was MANDATORY TO REGISTER AN INTEREST FOR GENERAL RESERVE UNALLOCATED WATER.

Applications: For an application form to register an interest in unallocated water or for any related enquiries, please contact: Adrian McKay, Department of Natural Resources and Water,203 Tor Street, Toowoomba; Telephone: (07) 4688 1000;

Fees: Applications to register an interest must be submitted in the approved form and must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of $168.50 and submitted by 4.30 pm on Friday 12 October 2007.

The Courier Mail, 13/9/2007

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Pulp mill planned for southeast SA will require 189MW/yr: more electricity than giant Olympic Dam mine, say Greens

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

A controversial pulp mill planned for South Australia’s southeast would require more electricity than the giant Olympic Dam mine, the Greens claimed, wrote Nick Henderson in The Advertiser (25/9/2007, p.11).

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Badly needed – an independent national level assessment process whereby Aus govt able to declare a project of national significance, says Tas Lib Senator Barnett; will help escape controversies and time lag

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

A formalised, independent, objective assessment process for projects of national significance was needed just in line with the independent, objective assessment process for projects of state significance the states had, said Guy Barnett, Senator for Tasmania, Liberal Party of Australia, Commonwealth Senate, 18 September 2007.

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Qld: Department of Natural Resources and Water calls for registrations of interest for general reserve unallocated water available under the ‘Water Resource (Great Artesian basin) Plan 2006’

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

According to a public notice in The Courier Mail, (13/09/2007), the Department of Natural Resources and Water (the Department) intended to make available unallocated water held as General reserve water identified in, Schedule 5 of the Water Resource (Great Artesian Basin) Plan 2006 (the Plan), in the Surat, Surat East and Surat North management areas.

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White (APW) wheat fetching $376/t, up $15 from previous trading day; staggering $61/t increase in fortnight

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

As price uncertainty continued, Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) December 2007 futures — already at an all-time record for this time of year — hit US843c a bushel last Friday, according to Colin Bettles, reported Farm Weekly (13/9/2007, p. 1).

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Labor targets 16 Federal seats while Coalition lags in naming candidates

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

Labor had stepped up its campaign to wrest at least 16 federal seats from the Howard government by confirming a new candidate in a key rural seat, as the Coalition belatedly named its contenders in a dozen NSW electorates, according to political correspondent David Crowe, reported The Australian Financial Review (25/9/2007, p. 10) .

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Former ACCC chair attacks Fed Govt reforms of predatory pricing laws: swinging pendulum too far in favour of small business

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

The former chair of the Aus­tralian Competition and Consumer Commission, Allan Fels, attacked the Federal Government’s reforms of predatory pricing laws, and said they have swung the pendu­lum too far in favour of small business and may drive up con­sumer prices, wrote Steven Scott in The Australian Financial Review (25/9/2007, p.8).

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New theory explains strange events during 2003 Canberra fires: changes in pressure create shock waves, lead to explosions

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

The Canberra firestorm that ravaged Australia’s capital in January 2003 surprised everyone, reported New Scientist (4/8/2007, p38).

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Benefits of improved technology for seawater desalination wiped out by swift rise of energy costs

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

Great complexities bedevilled the task of getting comparable cost figures for water produced by desalination compared to other water production or savings methods, according to the WWF’s Phil Dickie.

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South Australian farmers begin walking off their land amid warnings of national disaster that will force 20 per cent to leave within a year

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

According to rural editor Nigel Austin, farmers ravaged by drought have begun walk­ing off their land amid warnings it is the start of a national disaster that will force up to 20 per cent to leave in the next year, reported The Advertiser (15/9/2007, p. 1).

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Vic’s new Treasurer, John Lenders, decides on $1bn-plus PPP for state’s first desal plant

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

He’s had a long apprenticeship, and now Victoria’s new Treasurer planned to keep the state growing, wrote Duncan Hughes in The Australian Financial Review (27/9/2007, p.69).

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Turnbull announces government funding of $1.25 million to support development of first cash to water markets to group in own electorate

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Malcolm Turnbull in a report entitled “Support for Water Markets” announced on 6 September 2007 government assistance to the formation of water markets.

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National Farmers Federation funded legal action begins; Tasmanian farm­ers to overturn State Gov­ernment’s water management plan

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association has added its voice to a dispute over access to irrigation water in the Central Highlands, according to The Mercury (14/9/2007, p. 9).

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WWF wants conditions set for large scale desalination projects: option of last resort

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

The pioneering work of the World Commission on Dams pointed the way to an assessment process for large scale water infrastructure projects generally, according to the WWF’s Phil Dickie.

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Much going wrong with water use in Arabian Gulf: saner counsels need support against unsustainable development

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

In theory, the long established desalination industry on the relatively enclosed seas surrounding the Arabian peninsula should have provided the ideal real world laboratory for examining some of desalination’s environmental impacts, according to the WWF’s Phil Dickie.

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Torrential rain hits 18 normally driest countries in Africa: 1.5m people affected; linked to ocean temp-rise

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

Months of torrential rain devastated 18 of the poorest and normally driest countries in Africa, and meteorologists expected more of the same, reported The Age (21/9/2007, p.11).

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Gunns wants 2 million GMt/a of hardwood supply from native forests for its Tas pulp mill

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

As at June 2005, there was a total of 403,256 hectares of gazetted Private Timber Reserves. In addition, excluding Gunns’ owned or managed plantation estate on private land, there was 50,000ha of hardwood plantation and 76,000ha of softwood plantation on private land in Tasmania, reported erisk.net (2/4/2007). Because of the speculative nature of negotiating and purchasing a supply of wood from third party landowners, the average planning horizon for third party private wood supply was typically less than 12 months.

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