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Nominations called for community-members to sit on Executive Committees of Georgina Diamantina and Cooper Creek catchments in Qld

Posted by waterweek on 17 October 2007

Nominations were now being called from the community to sit on the Executive Committees of both the Georgina Diamantina and the Cooper Creek catchments, according to a notice in Queensland Country Life (4/10/2007, p.37).

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Average full-time salary for a male PhD graduate is $84,847 and $74,454 for women, Qld University study finds

Posted by waterweek on 12 October 2007

According to Tess Livingstone in The Courier Mail (20/9/2007, p.72), a University of Queensland Social Research Centre online survey, involving almost 2000 PhD graduates, found they had all obtained their doctorates five to seven years earlier at one of Australia’s eight sandstone, research-intensive universities in Group of Eight. Most of the graduates were satisfied with their jobs and were earning average salaries of $80,000, although some earned double that and some far less, a report of the survey, PhD Graduates 5 to 7 years Out, said.

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By-election snapshot of how ALP will target Greens at national poll: Brisbane Central residents get warning against voting “Extreme Green”

Posted by waterweek on 12 October 2007

A by-election has given a snapshot of how the ALP would target the Greens at the national poll, with election material warning Brisbane Central residents of the perils of voting “Extreme Green” posted to thousands of homes this week, wrote Mark Ludlow in The Australian Financial Review (12/10/2007, p.15).

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Quite possible for an Australian prime minister to refuse to call an election, warns former federal attorney-general

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

According to Michael Lavarch, executive dean of the QUT Law Faculty and a former federal attorney-general, writing in The Australian Financial Review, (5/10/2007), p. 56, the prime minister only needs to go to the governor-general to get the house dissolved if he wants an election called before 15 November 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Health, water and drought the election issues for farmers; only 5.1pc view climate change as important election factor, Qld poll shows

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

A special farmer-only poll revealed they believed Kevin Rudd would be the next Prime Minister of Australia, even though most said they would vote for the Coalition, wrote Lucy Skuthorp in Queensland Country Life (4/10/2007, p.11). Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Queensland’s 1300 big business operations, ordered to cut water-use 25 per cent: face level-six restrictions fines on an ascending scale to $124,875

Posted by waterweek on 8 October 2007

According to Tony Koch, writing in The Australian, (1/10/2007), p. 6, Queensland Water Commissioner Elizabeth Nosworthy said unde the new level-six restrictions, businesses must cut use by 25 per cent over the next year. Read the rest of this entry »

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1 October: Qld starts month with temperatures of up to 6C above average; three-month seasonal outlook is for drier-than-average conditions along east coast

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

Queensland started October with temperatures of up to 6C above average, reported Brian Williams in The Courier Mail (2/10/2007, p.5). Read the rest of this entry »

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Queensland water commissioner outlines level six restrictions, focus is on 1300 big businesses that use 10 megalitres a year or more

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

Queensland water commissioner Elizabeth Nosworthy said householders will not face tougher restrictions under the level six conditions that will come into force in mid-November, so long as they stay under the 140 litres per person daily target, reported The Sydney Morning Herald (1/10/2007, p.6). Read the rest of this entry »

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Qld water: businesses using more than 10 megalitres a year forced to operate under a Water Efficiency Management Plan, expected to achieve a 25pc reduction by November 2008

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

Under level 6 restrictions announced on Sunday, water-guzzling business in Queensland will be liable for fines of more than $100,000 and expected to slash their use by 25 per cent, reported Martin Philip, Tuck Thompson and Rosanne Barrett in The Courier Mail (2/10/2007, p.5). Read the rest of this entry »

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Model planes go mainstream: add a video camera and find powerline breaks, survey wildlife, manage crops

Posted by waterweek on 3 October 2007

Unmanned aircraft developed for military uses were being considered for civilian government applications, including pinpointing remote area powerline breaks, surveying fish and wildlife, monitoring stock movements, managing crops and fighting bushfires, wrote Christopher Jay in The Australian Financial Review (28/9/2007, p.71).

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Former Energex chair Ross Dunning cleared of sex charges; new role as chair of Townsville Port Authority

Posted by waterweek on 3 October 2007

Former Energex chair Ross Dunning has won a boardroom reprieve after being cleared of child sex charges, wrote Steven Wardill in The Courier Mail (28/9/2007, p.10).

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World’s wheat price at A$480/tonne, up 25 percent on the dizzying highs of the last month, “unchartered territory” in period of “agflation” say analysts as Aussie output draws global attention

Posted by waterweek on 3 October 2007

According to Brad Coopper in, Queensland Country Life, (27/09/2007, p.3), the world wheat price continued its sharp trajectory north last week, straining to break A$480 a tonne, up 25 percent on the dizzying highs of the last month that sent the domestic grain trade spinning.

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Off-farm assets limits for access to exceptional circumstances interest rate subsidy increase from $473,000 to $750,000: more farmers and small businesses likely to seek assistance

Posted by waterweek on 3 October 2007

According to Gary Sansom, in Queensland Country Life, (27/09/2007, p.9), an increase in the off-farm assets limits for access to the exceptional circumstances interest rate subsidy from $473,000 to $750,000 would enable an increasing number of farmers and small businesses to access exceptional circumstances (EC) assistance.

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Latest from Queensland’s Jim’s Water Tanks: fuming customers wait up to nine months; not all believe promised Christmas delivery will happen

Posted by waterweek on 2 October 2007

According to Patrick Lion, reported in The Courier-Mail, (26/09/2007, p.19), Jim’s Water Tanks owner Alan Jorgensen, having recently promised the tanks would be delivered by last week, apologised on 25 September for the latest delay in tank delivery.

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Qld Government dumps plans for modified Bradfield scheme to divert water from north Qld; no go ahead without Federal nod, says Beattie, disappointing many supporters of the legendary scheme

Posted by waterweek on 2 October 2007

The Queensland State Government had officially shelved support for the controversial 70-year-old modified Bradfield scheme to divert water through inland rivers to save the Murray Darling Basin, according to Peter Michael in Georgetown, reported The Courier-Mail, (27/09/2007, p.16), quoting Northern Australian land and Water Task Force chair Senator Bill Heffernan.

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Qld defers auction though experts question caps on water use in Murray-Darling basin: States free to continue over-allocating water licences despite commonwealth basin takeover

Posted by waterweek on 2 October 2007

According to Greg Roberts in The Australian, (25/09/2007, p.4), water experts were questioning whether caps on water use in the basin under new federal legislation could be enforced.

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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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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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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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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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Homeowners and home purchasers – especially young ones – will pay for Queensland government’s infrastructure plans

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

The Urban Land Development Authority Bill had been done with quite disgraceful haste, said Queensland’s Liberal leader Bruce Flegg in the Queensland Legislative Assembly on 5 September 2007.

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Greens leader wants plebiscites to allow local input on all major infrastructure decisions: pulp mills, desal, nuclear power plants and Queensland council mergers

Posted by waterweek on 27 September 2007

Amendments to the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Democratic Plebiscites) Bill 2007 deserved support, said Greens leader Senator Bob Brown in the Federal Senate on 17 September 2007.

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Federal Water Resources Minister Malcolm Turnbull urges Queensland to cancel planned sale of 8000 gigalitres of water from Warrego

Posted by waterweek on 27 September 2007

According to Sophie Morris, Federal Water Resources Minister Malcolm Turnbull this week urged Queensland to cancel a planned sale of 8000 gigalitres of water from the Warrego River, reported The Australian Financial Review (15/9/2007, p. 4).

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Qld Bill sets fine of $150, for the littering, of ATM receipts, food and drink packs; and two new offences, litter from vehicle, and dangerous littering

Posted by waterweek on 25 September 2007

In the Queensland Parliament on 4 September 2007, Rosemary Menkens Burdekin member, spoke to the Environmental Protection Amendment Bill – Second Reading. She said “those responsible for littering need to be made to be accountable for their actions and to bear the cost. This bill does place the onus squarely where it should lie: on offenders”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Qld, 8 September: Heavy rains during the past week added 5400 megalitres to the combined storages of Wivenhoe, Somerset and North Pine dams

Posted by waterweek on 21 September 2007

According to The Courier Mail, (08/09/2007, p.7) quoting SEQWater operations manager Rob Drury, a further month’s supplies were added to Brisbane’s dams through scattered rainfall over the past week with last Thursday’s inflows alone adding 5400 megalitres into the combined storages of Wivenhoe, Somerset and North Pine dams.

Combined storage capacity at 20.56pc: A further 5000 megalitres was expected to flow into Somerset in the next two to three days from heavy rain in the far north of the catchment and the Sunshine Coast. The combined capacity of all three dams was 20.56 per cent on 7 September as showers continued in catchments.

Somerset outshines: Somerset Dam had done best, with good rain at the Maleny end of the Sunshine Coast catchment. In the 24 hours to 9am on 7 September, the highest rainfall in Queensland was 129mm at Noosa Heads.

The Courier Mail, 8/9/2007, p. 7

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Qld: Warrego River water licence auction: Private trust backed by six environment groups to attempt to buy new water licences

Posted by waterweek on 21 September 2007

A bid by the Nature Conservation Water Trust backed by six environment groups would attempt to buy new Warrego River water licences due to be auctioned by the Queensland Government next week – the first of its kind in Australia where a private group of conservationists would go head to head with agriculture businesses to buy water for the environment, reported The Sydney Morning Herald, (11/09/2007, p.7).
The last resort: “All other avenues have been closed off,” said Professor Richard Kingsford, a wetlands expert from the University of New South Wales who was advising the trust. “The auction date has inexorably been coming on us with no action to stop it.” The new trust’s backers included National Parks Australia, the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Inland Rivers Network and the Wilderness Society.

Trust raising $2.5m to secure licences: A member of the new water trust had registered to bid at the auction and Kingsford said it was now trying to raise $2.5 million in the next week to secure the licences. Some money had already been collected and local graziers were “handing around the hat”.

Pvt ownership may threaten wetlands: Kingsford was also concerned that if the water licences were bought by private irrigators the survival of the Warrego and the Paroo wetlands attached to it would be under threat from cotton and crop development. The Paroo was considered one of the last natural wetland refuges in New South Wales for many inland bird species, including brolgas, egrets and the speckled duck.

NSW graziers, environmentalists protest: The auction was being held just over the border from New South Wales and was being strongly opposed by New South Wales environmentalists and graziers who feared it would cut flows to flood-plain properties in north-western New South Wales outside Bourke.

Graziers to call upon Federal, Qld Govt: A meeting of local graziers would take place on Thursday where they would again call on the Federal and Queensland governments to halt the auction.

Turnbull urges Beattie to review decision: Last Friday the Environment Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, made a plea to the outgoing Queensland Premier, Peter Beattie, to review the auction. His assistant minister, the National Party’s John Cobb, called for the auction to be delayed, calling it “ridiculous”, while the former deputy prime minister John Anderson described the Queensland actions as “provocative and unhelpful”.

Last auction in the system: The auction of 8000 megalitres of water from the Warrego River on 18 and 19 September, by the State Government, would be the last water licence auction allowed on the Murray-Darling system.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 11/9/2007, p. 7

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Queensland waste company leaked poly­chlorinated biphenyls for three years; Council knew but didn’t tell Environ­mental Protection Agency

Posted by waterweek on 21 September 2007

Caboolture Shire Council knew a Narangba waste treat­ment company was leaking potentially cancer-causing chemicals for three years but did not notify the Environ­mental Protection Agency (EPA), reported The Courier Masil (8/9/2007, p. 3).

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Federal ruling may mean Queensland households lose ownership of the rainwater falling on their roofs

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

Queensland households risked losing control of the rainwater falling on their roofs, reported The Courier Mail, (15/08/2007, p.17). Read the rest of this entry »

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