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It takes about 1000 litres of drinking water to produce $1000 of steel roofing: allocation policies should favour higher-value uses over lower-value uses

Posted by waterweek on 17 October 2007

According to Graham Kraehe, sensible water pricing and allocation policies should favour higher-value uses over lower-value uses. Nevertheless, BlueScope Steel’s Port Kembla steelworks in NSW has more than halved its drinking water use in the past year since implementing a major water recycling project reported The Age (12/7/2007, p. 1)

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Brandy-flavoured bogong moth, a new bush-tucker sensation

Posted by waterweek on 17 October 2007

They were a scourge across NSW but bogong moths have become a tasty gourmet treat, reported The Daily telegraph (13/10/2007, p.3).

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“Rednecks” to go green and hold hands-out for carbon credits for land action or non-action: NSW Farmers Association plan

Posted by waterweek on 17 October 2007

The NSW Farmers Association’s annual conference called for research to quantify agriculture’s ability to sequester carbon, and for a wide range of policies to address climate change, including more flexible environmental and natural resource legislation, reported The Land (26/7/2007, p.14).

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Eco-Carbons to convert cereal-grain ‘seconds’, husks, fruit stones, nut shells, even straw, into renewable energy

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

A pilot factory based in Gunnedah, NSW, and perhaps a second unit in Toowoomba, Queensland, could spearhead the emergence of an industrial process able to turn farm wastes into charcoal beads, providing a new source of renewable energy, wrote Graham Fuller in Queensland Country Life (4/10/2007, p.23). Read the rest of this entry »

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Turnbull plays different tunes on Chaffey upgrade grant issue – calls fed grant for Chaffey upgrade ‘contingent’ in parliament but changes tune to ‘all clear’ after angry response from local electorate

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

According to Lenore Taylor, in The Australian Financial Review, (26/09/2007, p.11), the federal government appeared to be saying one thing in Canberra about its tough stance on protecting the Murray Darling and another to voters in the NSW electorate of New England over the issue of federal grant for work to increase the capacity of the Chaffey Dam near Tamworth, where the Nationals were seeking to win back from long-serving independent Tony Windsor. Read the rest of this entry »

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9 October: Lismore hit by hail the size of tennis balls as supercells form over NSW Northern Rivers and parts of Northern Tablelands

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

Lismore, on the state’s Far North Coast was hit 9 October, by hail the size of tennis balls. It was the second day that severe thunderstorms and hail caused havoc in the northeast of the state. Windows and skylights at the local police station were smashed and an its vehicles suffered major damage, police reported. Several car crashes were also reported, along with a tree falling on a car and a skylight at the hospital smashing, exposing wards to rain, reported The Daily Telegraph, (10/10/2007), p. 13.

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Fixed water charges for irrigators should be waived in EC drought areas, says NSW Farmers Association

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

Fixed water charges for irrigators should be waived in areas granted exceptional circumstances (EC) drought status, the NSW Farmers Association believed, reported The Land (26/7/2007, p.15).

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Chaffey Dam augmentation project to improve water supply security for Tamworth and Peel Valley irrigators: contingent on NSW government and other stakeholders meeting funding shares

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

Malcolm Turnbull MP (Minister for the Environment and Water Resources) answering a question from Tony Windsor MP (Independent) as to whether the minister could guarantee to the people of Tamworth that the upgrade to the Chaffey Dam would proceed, stated that the contribution of $6½ million to the Chaffey Dam augmentation project would improve water supply security for Tamworth and Peel Valley irrigators.

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No takers for water: Goulburn offers at $850.00 – $1,250.00; Dartmouth to Barmah $850.00 – $1,050.00 and Barmah to SA $862.00 – $1,150.00

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

The Water Exchange showed a large gap between sell and buy offers.

Water Allocation Offered By Sellers:
Water Allocation Sought By Buyers:

28/9/2007

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NSW Groundwater trade restrictions introduced 8 September 2007 near Hay in the States Central West due to over-pumping

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

Groundwater trading near Hay in the States Central West was restricted by the Department of Water and Energy to ensure enough water remains available for both users and the environment. The decision to enforce trade restrictions came after routine monitoring showed a drop in water levels in parts of the system. Whilst groundwater levels were starting to decline, the number of people wanting to buy groundwater has increased, placing the system at risk of being over-pumped. Over-pumping a groundwater system threatens the community, industry and environment alike by taking out more water than what was sustainable. This was why the Department of Water and Energy have had to restrict trade into parts of the groundwater system in this area; however, licensed users can still trade water out.

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October emergency: dry, hot Murray Darling: no irrigation water, maybe no town or stock water, either – crisis conditions extend, levels lower than 1957

Posted by waterweek on 9 October 2007

MBD

Storages lowest since 1957: At September 30, the total volume of water stored in River Murray System storages was 2130 GL (23 per cent ), which is the lowest for this time of year since 1957, before the construction of Dartmouth Reservoir and Menindee Lakes storage, and the expansion of Hume Dam. At this time last year storage totalled 3350 GL. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fed plan to take water from irrigators to keep in reserve for SA next year is “scandalous and unacceptable”, says Vic Premier

Posted by waterweek on 9 October 2007

The Howard Government was facing a revolt from Victoria over a radical plan to take water from irrigators to keep in reserve for South Australia next year, wrote Jewel Topsfield in The Age (20/9/2007, p.6).

“Scandalous”: Premier John Brumby said the proposal was scandalous and unacceptable, particularly when Victorian irrigators were on their lowest water allocations. Under the plan, part of irrigators’ water allocations would be held back in dams in Victoria and NSW in 2007-08 to ensure there was enough water to provide dilution flows to SA in the following irrigation year. A dilution flow releases large amounts of water from dams to improve water quality where there were high levels of salinity and algae. “You’re talking about a fair bit of water here, a lot of water,” Brumby said. “I can’t understand, for the life of me, why they would want to take water from irrigators today … to put aside for what might or might not be required.”

“Outrageous”: Sunraysia Irrigators Council chair Danny Lee said the plan was outrageous because it was doubtful that many irrigators would survive the drought. Irrigators in Victoria’s Murray irrigation system have been ensured only 10 per cent of their water allocations – their lowest ever start to a season.

The Age, 20/9/2007, p. 6

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Drought creates new milk-market: top base farmgate prices hit 52c/L mark for those willing to sign up for five years

Posted by waterweek on 8 October 2007

Milk processors were starting to talk longer-term contracts in a bid to prevent their suppliers from being poached, as the top base farmgate prices hit the 52c/L mark for those willing to sign up for five years, wrote Shane Goodwin in The Land (27/9/2007, p.3). Read the rest of this entry »

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NSW state government needs to reject Korean Coal’s longwall coalmining proposal, which could destroy water table in Wyong River area, says Federal MP

Posted by waterweek on 8 October 2007

Issues affecting the area of Dobell on the Central Coast related to the failure of state Labor governments, and in particular their planning, Liberal Party MP for Dobell Ken Ticehurst said in the Commonwealth House of Representatives on 20 September 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

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Eucalypt plantations in NSW, Vic have important role in habitat for endangered bird species, finds DPI study

Posted by waterweek on 5 October 2007

Species of woodland-dependent birds whose numbers have been declining were finding new homes in plantings of eucalypts and shrubs, reported Agriculture Today (27/10/2007, p.7). Read the rest of this entry »

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Increase for high security irrigators in the Murrumbidgee Valley as Snowy Jindabyne release arrives

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

The Department of Water and Energy, on 2 October 2007 advised High security licence holders within the Murrumbidgee Regulated Water Sharing Plan area were advised of an increase in available water determination (AWD) from 60 per cent to 75 per cent of entitlement.

Town water increased to 70 per cent: The AWD for Stock and Domestic licence holders had also increased from 50 per cent to 100 per cent of entitlement and town water supplies has been increased to 70 per cent. These improvements were due in part to additional water from the Snowy Mountains Scheme which can now be delivered into the Murrumbidgee, and in part to inflows into Burrinjuck Dam which have receded more slowly than anticipated.

End of monthly allocations of critical survival water: This increase triggered the end of monthly allocations of critical survival water for high security users, however there was currently still not enough water for an allocation to be made for general security users. High security licence holders may carry over up to 15 per cent of their unused entitlement into the 2008/09 season. Recent rain in the region is still well below average. All water users need to remain conservative with water use and encouraged to remain on level 3a water restrictions., Further information relating to the water availability in the Murrumbidgee Valley will be made on the 15th of each month via the Murrumbidgee Critical Water Communiques.
These communiques are available from the Departments website http://www.dnr.nsw.gov.au via Whats New on the homepage.

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Sunburnt country: 60 to 70 per cent chance of a dry October to December 2007 for South Eastern Australia

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

South Eastern Australia and Tasmania and the far southeastern coastal fringe of the mainland had a 30 to 40 per cent chance of exceeding the three-month median rainfall. This means that below-normal falls have a 60 to 70per cent chance of occurring. Over most remaining parts of the country the chances of accumulating at least average rain for the December quarter are between 50 and 60per cent. Read the rest of this entry »

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4 October 2007: Emergency action: NSW Department of Water and Energy to “review” all NSW dam releases

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

It appeared the NSW Department of Water and Energy had frozen all dam releases. This was believed to result from an unpublished decision of State Minister’s Senior Officials’ Group (SOG). Read the rest of this entry »

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ACT: Capital braces to receive up to 100 severe storms; expected to hit NSW and the ACT between October and March; emergency services urge residents to clean out their gutters “well in advance”

Posted by waterweek on 3 October 2007

According to Sonya Neufeld, in The Canberra Times, (25/09/2007, p.1), Canberrans were being urged to be prepared for up to 100 severe storms, which could include driving hail, cause flash flooding and would have enough force to lift roofs.

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In 2007-08 spending on Emergency Services NSW will reach a record $831 million, an increase of almost 9 per cent

Posted by waterweek on 3 October 2007

Treasurer and Minister for the Hunter Michael Costa said in the NSW Legislative Assembly on 18/6/07 that the devastating floods in the Hunter and the Central Coast were a grim reminder of how much we relied on our emergency services in times of natural disaster and other major emergencies.

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Sydney City, Parramatta and North Sydney councils, working towards greenhouse gas reductions through tenancy fit-outs of older buildings: $1bn in Climate Change Summit retrofit public buildings fund

Posted by waterweek on 3 October 2007

Businesses were very aware that a deteriorating physical environment was not conducive to growth, said Clover Moore, the Member for Sydney, in the NSW Legislative Assembly on 27 June 2007.

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Penalty for competing: corporation with “substantial share” of a market could face financial penalty of $10 million or 10 per cent of annual turnover if it supplies goods or services below cost price

Posted by waterweek on 3 October 2007

A corporation with a “substantial share” of a market would now be liable for a financial penalty of $10 million or 10 per cent of its annual turnover (if that is greater), if that corporation supplied goods or services for a sustained period at a below-cost price for a purpose such as substantially damaging a competitor or preventing entry by another person into a market, reported The Australian Financial Review, (28/09/2007, p.79), quoting Peter Armitage, Practice head, competition and consumer protection, Blake Dawson Waldron, Sydney, NSW.

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Murrumbidgee River, NSW: Towns along Murrumbidgee could face tougher restrictions as government considering diverting supplies from the river to the Murray-Darling Basin, which could run out of water in just six weeks

Posted by waterweek on 2 October 2007

According to Alexandria Smith, in The Sydney Morning Herald, (28/09/2007, p.5), towns along the Murrumbidgee River could be forced back on to greater water restrictions as the NSW Government was considering diverting supplies from the river to the Murray-Darling Basin, which could run out of water in just six weeks.

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Baxter case to return to Fed Court for hearing; trade practices lawyers hit law books to consider how far ACCC’s reach extends after new ruling

Posted by waterweek on 2 October 2007

In a majority decision, the High Court found that the Baxter Healthcare group was not entitled to the shield of the Crown over ACCC allegations that intravenous solution supply contracts between Baxter and the governments of NSW, South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland breached sections 46 and 47 of the Trade Practices Act, which prohibited misuse of market power and exclusive dealing, reported Malcom Maiden in The Age (30/8/2007, p.8).

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Crane Group moves away from residential plumbing sector towards services to large-scale water infrastructure projects: 35pc fall in net profit

Posted by waterweek on 2 October 2007

Crane Group was expecting its move away from the residential plumbing sector towards services to large-scale water infrastructure projects would help it deliver a profit improvement this financial year despite persistent headwinds in some markets, reported The Australian Financial Review (14/8/2007, p. 18).

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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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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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