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MDBA Audit finds reporting of water prices falls short

An audit by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) of reporting of the prices paid for water when it is traded in the Murray–Darling Basin has found that much more needs to be done to ensure robust administration supports the water market. The MDBA Executive Director of Compliance, Brent Williams, said several straightforward steps were required.

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Agri Investor Weekly Letter – May 29th 2019

Visibility n seeded as ‘mixed’ sentiment hits east-coast Australian grains The first wheat imports to Australia in years raise concerns about the sector – but there is still interest in cropping properties. Australia is getting its first female agriculture minister when Bridget McKenzie is sworn in with the rest of prime minister Scott Morrison’s cabinet.

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Progressive Agriculture Newsletter: May 2019

Water market wrap Almond Board water policy  The Almond Board of Australia has released a significant policy statement calling for a halt on greenfield hort developments below the choke, to mitigate against deliverability risk for their water thirsty growers. There are will be increasing demands from maturing almond crops over the next five years, and.

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Murrumbidgee Irrigation Newsletter : May 2019

During the upcoming 2019 winter works our focus will be on system efficiency and minimising impacts to water supply where possible. The modernisation works, combined with WaterNSW restoration works at Berembed Weir, mean that we will be maintaining a modified irrigation supply from 27 May through to mid-August. We will continue to work with WaterNSW.

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2018/2019 water season trade closing dates

Murrumbidgee River Murrumbidgee regulated water interstate closes 11:59pm 30th April 2019 (to VIC) Murrumbidgee regulated water intravalley closes 11:59pm 31st May 2019 (all Murrumbidgee trades except to NSW Murray) Murrumbidgee regulated intervalley closes 11:59pm 30th June 2019 (River to NSW Murray) Coleambally Irrigation closes all trades on the 31st of May 2019 Murrumbidgee Irrigation internal trades.

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Groundwater allocation update: possible reductions for 2019/2020 season

DOI Water issued a groundwater allocation updated on Wednesday the 22nd of May 2019 in regards to possible reductions on 2019/2020 season groundwater allocations. Click here to read the whole statement … NSW Groundwater Water allocation update The extreme dry conditions across most of inland NSW appear set to continue. Surface water resources are dwindling.

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Public drought consultation sessions

  DOI Water issued the below media release on the 21st of May 2019. Click here to read the whole release   Given the drought is intensifying across the state, the NSW Government continues to implement drought management measures in consultation with communities. The Department of Industry-Water and WaterNSW are holding public forums in drought.

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Almond Board of Australia Water Policy Position

The Almond board of Australia has came out with a Water Policy Position in regards to the Murray-Darling Basin. It’s objective is to ensure the Murray Darling Basin river system and its environs are healthy and can sustainably support a prosperous, diverse irrigated agricultural sector and its communities. It sets actions such as a moratorium.

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The Guardian: Murray-Darling irrigators file class action seeking $750m from basin authority

Fury over water allocations has led irrigators in south-eastern Australia to file a class action in the New South Wales supreme court, seeking $750m in damages from the federal government’s Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA). The chairman of the Southern Riverina Irrigators Council (SRI), Chris Brooks, alleges the MDBA’s negligence has led to severe financial losses for “thousands”.

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National Irrigators’ Council – Monday 20th May 2019

Congratulations to the Morrison / McCormack Government on their re-election on Saturday.  We look forward to continuing to work with them, and, in particular,  water Minister David Littleproud, and energy Minister Angus Taylor, over the next term – a term of Government that will include a vital period in the implementation of the Basin Plan.

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