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State and Fed Govt financial-reporting harmonised; AASB looks at more onerous standards for private companies, non-profits

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

The accounting standards-setter has agreed to harmonise Federal and State Government financial reporting and progressed talks with New Zealand to ensure the two countries’ standards were “as similar as possible”, wrote Patrick Durkin in The Australian Financial Review (8/10/2007, p.8). Read the rest of this entry »

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Tas gets pre-election Drought Assistance Bus; travelling experts advising farmers

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

The Australian Government Drought Assistance Bus would be advising farmers in Tasmania in September, reported The Mercury (5/9/2007, p.22). Read the rest of this entry »

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Aus Federal Police confirm its officers trained 20 Burmese police in in­telligence gathering; Aidwatch seeks halt to co-operation

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

The Australian Federal Police confirmed three of its officers trained 20 Burmese police in in­telligence gathering, as the inter­national group Aidwatch warned that such co-operation should be curtailed amid the brutal sup­pression of democracy activists, wrote Craig Skehan in The Sydney Morning Herald (5/10/2007, p.6). Read the rest of this entry »

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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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New ‘Meretec’ recycling-process recovers 100pc of zinc coating from galvanised steel: cuts pollution, water use, mining waste

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

The vast majority of steel used in the automotive, building and manufacturing industries was zinc coated (galvanised), to protect against corrosion, according to a statement by Southern Rocycling (28/9/2007). Read the rest of this entry »

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Victoria growing opposition to recent $1 billion plan for irrigation upgrades in the state’s Goulburn Murray region, including a pipeline to Melbourne

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

As the state government attempts to conclude six months of negotiations with the federal government, there is growing opposition to its recently announced $1 billion plan for irrigation upgrades in the state’s Goulburn Murray region, including a pipeline to Melbourne reported The Australian Financial Review (13/7/2007, p. 19). Read the rest of this entry »

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Tax-incentive legislation will assist major corporations, take rural land out of agricultural production, says Greens Party MP

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

Christine Milne MP (Greens Party Senator) speaking against proposed tax incentive legislation, stated that the legislation would result in water and land being removed from agricultural production. 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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Universal pump jack can replace normal windmill function when mill not working

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

Universal pump jacks were lightweight, fully portable and could be installed in about 15 minutes, with their purpose being to replace a normal windmill function when the mill was out of service, or there was a lack of wind, reported Farm Weekly (27/9/2007, p. 20). Read the rest of this entry »

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Milk-powder prices soar 70pc in 2007; wheat, other grains at near-record: growing China, India demand

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

The prices of dairy products, especially milk powder, have led other soft commodities with gains of up to 70 per cent so far this year, and wheat and other grain prices were also at a near record, wrote David Potts in The Australian Financial Review (10/10/2007, p.31). Read the rest of this entry »

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Changing climate allows less agriculture, altering patterns of agricultural investment says Adelaide professor

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

According to renowned expert on water and farming, Mike Young of the University of Adelaide, it looked as if Australia had shifted to a drier climate, similar to that experienced in the 1920s to the early 1940s, wrote rural writer Asa Wahlquist in The Australian (6/10/2007, p. 23). Read the rest of this entry »

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SA govt go ahead for water-saving $4.7m Virginia Pipeline extension; govt to pump funds, scheme to pump 35pc treated wastewater for use of irrigators

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

Ending years of uncertainty for Angle Vale irrigators and almost two years of delays after its announcement, the $4.7 million Virginia Pipeline Scheme Extension, a major water-saving project was given the green light by the State Government with the Government set to match federal funding for extension, announced by Prime Minister John Howard in October 2005, reported The Advertiser, (06/09/2007, p.7). 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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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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Greens MP Milne criticises Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 6) Bill 2007: insufficiently considered; threat to farming, biodiversity; advantageous to emitters

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

Christine Milne MP (Greens Party, Senator) stated she was appalled that the Selection of Bills Committee had decided not to refer the Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 6) Bill 2007 to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport for appropriate consideration. Read the rest of this entry »

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October Murray Darling Report South Australia water to get saltier and saltier as rising seawater splashes over the end-of-river barrages: Lake Alexandrina undrinkable at 2300 to 2500 EC

Posted by waterweek on 9 October 2007

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South Australia water to get saltier and saltier as rising seawater splashes over the end-of-river barrages: Lake Alexandrina undrinkable at 2300 to 2500 EC
Salinity in South Australia’s Lower Lakes was now in the range of 2300 to 2500 EC, with much higher levels immediately upstream of the barrages, where leakage over, under or through the structures had resulted in seawater mixing with the much fresher water of Lake Alexandrina, warned the River Murray System Drought Update No. 10 October 2007.

Monitoring will warn of problems: “Considerable efforts have gone into minimising leakage, but seepage under, and storm waves over, the barrages cannot be prevented and will continue to bring salt in to the lake. Regular water quality monitoring undertaken along the entire River Murray will provide early indications of salinity increases or any other problems, such as algal blooms.

Salted water now a part of life: “All people using the waters of the River Murray should be aware of the increased potential for water quality problems and the difficulty dealing with these issues while flows remain very low. Since May there has been very little flow beyond Wellington into Lake Alexandrina. The lake level was steady over winter due to local rain and low rates of evaporation, but has now begun to gradually fall.

Between Lock 1 and Wellington OK, but to get worse: The water in the reach between Lock 1 and Wellington has been of reasonably good quality, with salinities of less than 500 EC. As water from this reach evaporates or is pumped to Adelaide and other urban centres in South Australia, it is slowly replaced with poorer quality water from upstream,” warned the River Murray System Drought Update No. 10 October 2007.

What’s ahead: Under continuing dry conditions, salinities are forecast to rise, and flows to South Australia will be aimed at maintaining the water quality within levels suitable for human consumption. In isolated areas of the lakes salinity levels may also be higher due to local groundwater inflows.

MDBC will provide further drought updates in coming months. Additional information is available at http://www.mdbc.gov.au and from the relevant Australian and State Government Agencies.

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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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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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Release of water to Clyde River irrigators; Emergency provision of water for Bothwell town, domestic and stock supplies

Posted by waterweek on 8 October 2007

Primary Industries Minister David Llewellyn said in a state­ment that he would make an announcement about the release of water to Clyde River irrigators “later in the week”. In an earlier statement, Opposition Leader Will Hodgman said: “It has been almost a week since the Primary Industries Minister, David Llewel­lyn, announced an emer­gency provision of water for Bothwell town, domes­tic and stock supplies.The Mercury, 3/10/2007, p. 13

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Approval Decision – Gunns pulp mill: Turnbull appoints pulp mill police: if Gunns fails, then tertiary treatment of effluent, and no start without Ministers approval

Posted by waterweek on 8 October 2007

An independent site supervisor (“the Independent Supervisor”) will be appointed to verify action, , managed by an Independent Expert Group, and provided by Gunns Limited with access to all information and locations required, as appointed as an Inspector under the Act with functions and powers under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000 sufficient to ensure appropriate access to all information required for the purpose of the task. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rising sea levels in Asia poses big future-challenge for Aus: mass migration of enviro refugees

Posted by waterweek on 8 October 2007

Rising sea levels posed far wider challenges to regional security than the survival of small island states in the Western Pacific, wrote Bryan Furnass in The Canberra Times (3/10/2007, p.13). 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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If there is no significant rain by the end of this month, there is a 75 per cent chance Murray Darling a dust bowl in 2008

Posted by waterweek on 8 October 2007

According to Selina Mitchell, of The Australian, (6/10/2007), p. 4 the head of the Murray Darling Commission, Wendy Craik had saud “if there is no significant rain by the end of this month, there was a 75 per cent chance the amount of water available for use next year will be even less than the level this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Spikes in pollution acceptable decides Australian Chief Scientist as he sets “averages” controls on pollutants and wastewater from Gunns pulp

Posted by waterweek on 8 October 2007

Parameter Maximum Limit Total nitrogen 2.5 pg TEQ/L Total phosphorus 0.8mg/L Total suspended solids 20 mg/L Biological oxygen demand 11 mg/L

Prior to commissioning, trigger levels for effluent discharge for all phases of development must be included in the EIMP together with agreed response strategies and timeframes if trigger levels are exceeded or maximum limits reached. In accordance with the EIMP, Gunns Limited must obtain (from overseas pulp mills already using technologies similar to that proposed) effluent samples, and conduct chemical analyses and whole effluent toxicity testing to identify the key contaminants and their concentrations and the effluent dilutions needed in the mixing zone for the proposed mill. Gunns Limited must report on the temporal variability in both the contaminant concentrations and toxicity in the effluents from these mills. In accordance with the EIMP, to determine the properties affecting the fate of fine particulate organic matter in effluent, Gunns Limited must undertake laboratory studies, agreed to by the Department, to assess the likely settling and flocculation properties of fine particulate organic materials in equivalent effluent.

Reference: Malcolm Turnbull MP, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, 4 October 2007. Further information, along with the Chief Scientist’s report, and information on the Chief scientist’s panel and Terms of Reference, is available on the Department’s website at http://www.environment.gov.au/epbc/pulpmill

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Gunns ordered to measure pollution keep dioxins and furans in the benthic sediments in Commonwealth marine water below850pg TEQ/kg

Posted by waterweek on 8 October 2007

The Chief Scientist’s report said if results of the modelling indicate that effluent hydrodynamics and deposition will result in chemicals reaching trigger levels, Gunns must change the design and operation of the effluent pipeline and diffuser; and must also: 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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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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Lake Eucumbene storage levels – 2000 and 2007

Posted by waterweek on 5 October 2007

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New TAFE Tasmania course allows graduates to control multi-billion-dollar power stations

Posted by waterweek on 5 October 2007

Designed in a partnership between Hydro Tasmania and TAFE, the Electricity Supply Industry Generation Training Package (GenTech) gives trainees hands-on experience managing massive water and power flows, reported The Mercury, (25/9/2007, p.18). Read the rest of this entry »

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