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South Australia’s Penola Pulp Mill Authorisation Bill introduced: fast-track for establishment of larger pulp mill by Protavia Pty Ltd

Posted by waterweek on 12 October 2007

Introducing the Penola Pulp Mill Authorisation Bill in the South Australian Legislative Council on 12 September 2007, Gail Gago MP (Australian Labor Party) advised that the Bill incorporated the recommendations of the Select Committee.

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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

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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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Water wizards tell Ministers how to ensure enough Murray Darling water for critical needs in 2008-09

Posted by waterweek on 9 October 2007

The Murray-Darling Basin Dry Inflow Contingency Planning; Overview Report to First Ministers, September 2007 was a report in which the Senior Officials’ Group listed five principles to underpin measures (including the possibility of a reserve) to ensure there is enough water available to run the river and for critical needs in 2008-09. Read the rest of this entry »

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Business Coun­cil of Australia wants SA Water split up and operated like a private com­pany

Posted by waterweek on 8 October 2007

South Australia Water would be split up and operated like a private com­pany under infra­structure reforms. The Business Coun­cil of Australia has un­veiled an infrastruc­ture plan calling for major spending on transport, energy and water infrastructure over the next decade, reported The Advertiser, 5/10/2007, p. 24. The council called for competition in water supply and the re­moval of politics from water as much as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

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South Australia government takes 200 gigalitres of water from River Murray as reserve for critical urban and industrial use in 2008-09

Posted by waterweek on 8 October 2007

According to rural editor Nigel Austin, Riverland citrus growers accuses the State Government of stealing their water and sending them to ruin, as many prepared to stop irrigation and leave their trees to die. Read the rest of this entry »

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South Australia emergency drought measure creates four new weirs and dams to stop water flowing from Murray river, to wetlands and storages

Posted by waterweek on 8 October 2007

In South Australia as part of the River Murray -State Emergency Drought Plan the Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board was to temporarily disconnect the following wetlands from the river channel; Read the rest of this entry »

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SA Murray irrigators fear zero allocations from July 2008, as Vic Premier refuses to give up extra water

Posted by waterweek on 5 October 2007

South Australian River Murray irrigators feared zero water allocations from 1 July, wrote Clare Peddie in The Advertiser (2/10/2007, p.9). 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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Blistering heat ahead for Southeastern Australia – October to December 2007

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

The Government forecast issued 25th September 2007 showed the outlook was for blistering heat across tthe Murray Darling Basin, with the highest heat for South Australia and Victoria. Read the rest of this entry »

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SA based Penrice Soda’s new $500,000 desalination plant: zero waste on salty bore water with $600,000 a year running cost

Posted by waterweek on 3 October 2007

According to Penrice Soda chief executive Guy Roberts, a new $500,000 desalination plant using salty bore water supplied the soda-ash maker with one gigalitre of water since December – 67 per cent of its annual need or enough water for 10,000 Adelaide households for a year, reported The Advertiser, (21/08/2007, p.33).

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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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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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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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Science has established how much water forestry uses, so that use should be part of South Australia’s water allocation policy says MHA

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

Despite some robust debates at times, the Select Committee conducting hearings into the Penola Pulp Mill Authorisation Bill 2007 had come up with a unanimous view about what should be done with the bill, Independent MHA Kris Hanna said in the South Australian House of Assembly on 11 September 2007.

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South Australian pulp mill bill amended to exclude forestry expansion policy

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

One of the problems of which everyone was conscious was the fact that, if the forest expansion policy was left as it was, the NRM board’s hands could be tied behind its back in terms of its adaptive management of water into the future, said South Asutralian MHA R.G. Kerin in the South Australian House of Assembly on 11 September 2007.

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South Australian Parliamentary Committee solves pulp mill water problem by recommending deletion of controversial clause

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

Water and water use had created a significant controversy, South Australian MHA Mitch Williams said in the South Australian House of Assembly on 11 September 2007.

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South Australia’s Penola pulp mill chosen because of cost and site advantages over other locations

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

The pulp mill proposed to be built at Penola was nothing like the pulp mill that had been proposed by Gunns Limited for the Tamar Valley in northern Tasmania, said South Australian MHA Mitch Williams in the South Australian House of Assembly on 11 September 2007.

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Record low River Murray total inflow of nearly 934 gigalitres in 2006-07 56 per cent below previous minimum

Posted by waterweek on 26 September 2007

South Australia’s Minister for the River Murray K.A. Maywald told the South Australian House of Assembly on 11 September 2007 that in 2006-07 total inflows to the River Murray were nearly 934 gigalitres, which was 56 per cent below the previous minimum inflows of 1,676 gigalitres back in 1914-15.

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South Australian Premier dissatisfied with water arrangements: better system being negotiated

Posted by waterweek on 25 September 2007

The new Murray-Darling Basin authority would operate alongside the MDB Commission, which would continue to run river operations, salinity management works and other management initiatives such as the Living Murray initiative, South Australian Premier Mike Rann said in the South Australian House of Assembly on 11 September 2007.

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South Australia demand side policy halves Adelaide city use

Posted by waterweek on 21 September 2007

South Australian Premier Mike Rann praised South Australians for their water conservation efforts while giving details of eased domestic water restrictions to the South Australian House of Assembly on 11 September 2007.

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Murray Darling Armageddon: Ministers agree to drain and block 44 wetlands and build a new weir at Wellington

Posted by waterweek on 21 September 2007

Like the Mayan collapse, it appeared the Murray Darling Basin was in armageddon mode. The long-predicted climatic change appeared to have come early. The Declaration by the the three States, was released by the Prime Minister, who under the just-passed Contingency Planning Overview Report to First Ministers, 20 September 2007.

44 wetlands to die, with more to come: Plans were listed for the death of 44 wetlands with more to come “Senior officials will continue to review the extent to which further wetland disconnection for the purposes of contingency planning is recommended in the Murray System in 2007-08.

Without precedent: “We are facing a spring and summer on the Murray like no other since Hume Dam was completed in 1936,” Chief Executive Dr Wendy Craik AM said today. “The unprecedented combination of both low storage levels and low inflows will require us to operate outside our normal operating regime.”

The Overview Report to First Ministers said: “Disconnection of regulated wetlands to save water in the system continues in each State”:

• The NSW Government temporarily disconnected one regulated wetland (Tareena Billabong) in June 2007. At Euston Lakes evaporation savings will be achieved via lowering of the weir pool. This will have the same effect as disconnecting these wetlands.

• In South Australia, twenty-seven wetlands were closed in January 2007 and two additional wetlands (Ross and Jaeschke Lagoons) were disconnected in June 2007.

The Minister for the Environment and Water Resources determined on 24 August 2007 that the temporary disconnection of a further seven wetlands in South Australia does not need approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) (EPBC Act).

• The Murray-Darling Basin Commission has agreed to funding disconnection of six of these wetlands, including the provision of alternative water supplies for existing users;

• The Victorian Government has completed a preliminary assessment of potential wetlands for temporary disconnection.

Temporary weir near Wellington: After a referral by South Australia, the Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Water Resources has determined that the construction of a temporary weir near Wellington is a controlled action for the purposes of the EPBC Act. The temporary weir is to be assessed at the level of an Environmental Impact Statement. The South Australian Government will make an announcement regarding the weir during September 2007.

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“Serious” says PM: NSW, Vic, and SA argue over dregs of Murray Darling Basin

Posted by waterweek on 21 September 2007

“The 2007-08 water availability outlook for the southern Basin system is serious and has deteriorated through August”, says the Murray-Darling Basin Dry Inflow Contingency Planning Overview Report to First Ministers, September 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

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Australia’s water-wars: PM says Commonwealth does not plan to divert water from Victoria to South Australia: issues water emergency plan

Posted by waterweek on 21 September 2007

On 20 September the Prime Minister published the September Murray-darling Basin Contingency Planning, paper, despite Victorian resistance.  The Prime Minister said “Last week I wrote to the Premiers of New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria and the Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory seeking their agreement to the release of the report. All except Premier Brumby agreed”.  The PM said “Yesterday Premier Brumby publicly announced that Victoria cannot agree to the release of an important report on water availability in the southern Murray-Darling Basin, claiming that it represented an attempt by the Commonwealth to divert water from Victoria to South Australia. The report does no such thing”, wrote the PM, and released the report, to illustrate his point.

The fourth Armageddon plan: When water falls below 3000ML – and its now at about 1500ML – an emergency plan cuts in.  The fourth Contingency Planning Report provides an update on 2007-08 water availability and state water sharing and allocations, an outline of the management of unregulated flows, progress on 2007-08 contingency measures and recommendations for contingency planning in 2008-09.

How the PM sees it:  “ Contrary to Mr Brumby’s claims, the report does not request that Victoria – or any other jurisdiction – divert water to South Australia. Rather, it recommends that measures be taken in 2007-08 to ensure there is enough water available to run the rivers and for critical needs in 2008-09. This includes the possibility – amongst other actions – of a “collective reserve” to be established by the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, about which Premier Brumby expressed concerns to me last week.

Brumby says “No”: Premier Brumby’s actions “follow Victoria’s refusal to join all other jurisdictions in the National Plan for Water Security, on which the Commonwealth has been forced to adopt legislation invoking its constitutional powers”, said the PM. “ Given Mr Brumby’s misrepresentations, and strong public interest grounds for it to be in the public realm, I am releasing the fourth contingency planning report, noting Victoria’s position, in full today, 20 September 2007”.

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More reuse of treated wastewater from the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant and harvesed stormwater, in South Australian project

Posted by waterweek on 21 September 2007

Various different groups in his electorate were looking at a project that involved extending the reuse of treated wastewater from the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant and harvesting stormwater from within the area bounded approximately by the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant catchment, said Labor MP Steve Georganas in the Federal House of Representatives on 14 August 2007.

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Pulp mill but another name: Greens oppose hydrogen peroxide plant in South Australia after German terrorist plot foiled

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

The developers of South Australia’s controversial $1.5 billion Penola Pulp Mill said they may eventually build a hydrogen peroxide plant on site, reported The Advertiser (7/9/2007, p. 12).

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Vox pop: Gardens take miniscule amounts of Murray water but contribute significantly to economy

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

South Australia receives 8 per cent of the Murray/Darling inflows, of which Adelaide uses on average 130 gigalitres for industry, commerce, business and community, houses and gardens, according to John Calder, Hallet Cove, in a letter to the editor of The Advertiser (17/9/2007, p. 17). Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent management of Murray-Darling Basin in the national interest, said Turnbull

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

The Water Bill 2007 was a quantum leap into the future compared to the current lowest common denominator approach to decision making on water management in the Murray-Darling Basin, said Environment and Water Resources Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the Federal Parliament on 14 August. Read the rest of this entry »

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South Australia in full crisis mode as whole Murray river unlikely to get 1 500 gigalitres flow: allocations of 16 per cent

Posted by waterweek on 19 September 2007

Kay Maywald, Minister for Water Security, answering a question in the House of Assembly, South Australia, 11 September 2007, from Adrian Pederick (Hammond) – who asked if the the increase in allocation (allocations of 16 per cent) mean that the state is getting 1 500 gigalitres across the border in River Murray inflows, Kay Maywald said the whole Murray river was unlikely to get 1 500 gigalitres flow.

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1000-year low-flow in Murray River: Murray-Darling Basin report for the week ending Wednesday, 12 September 2007:

Posted by waterweek on 19 September 2007

Murray-Darling Basin Commission general manager David Dreverman told a water summit inflow into the Murray last month was so low as to be classed as a one-in-1000-year. In a report published published 14 September, 2007 he detailed the very low level of the Murray System; weekly inflow of 53 GL for the River Murray system remains well below the average for this time of year of about 380 GL. Read the rest of this entry »

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