20 May 2019

Technology MAY 20, 2019 4:51 PM AEST Share Twitter Facebook Water quality critical in farm spray application

Technology MAY 20, 2019 4:51 PM AEST Share Twitter Facebook Water quality critical in farm spray application

New South Wales and Queensland grain growers and spray operators are being encouraged to test water quality before using it for the application of herbicides and pesticides.

The advice comes in the wake of a research project by the SOS Macquarie Valley group that investigated the water quality of 180 bores and assessed its suitability for use with farm chemicals.

The project found the water quality varied significantly with 78 per cent of samples more alkaline than desired and 80 per cent recording higher than ideal levels of bicarbonate concentrate, when used to apply pesticides and herbicides.

While the samples for this research project were taken from a relatively small geographic area west of the Newell Highway and north and east of the Bogan River in central western New South Wales, the issue of water quality is relevant across all farming areas of Queensland and NSW.

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16 May 2019

Moree Plains Shire Council investment in water infrastructure ensures secure supply

Moree Plains Shire Council investment in water infrastructure ensures secure supply

Moree Plains Shire residents continue to enjoy an unrestricted water supply, despite the lack of rainfall, thanks to the security of its aquifers and Moree Plains Shire Council's long-term investment in water infrastructure.

Many of Moree's neighbouring shires have some type of water saving measure in place, with permanent water conservation measures in Goondiwindi and Narrabri, level three restrictions in Armidale and level four restrictions in Tamworth, however Moree Plains residents continue to benefit from unfettered access to town water supplies.

And, at this stage, council has no plans to impose restrictions any time soon, despite record breaking water consumption across the shire over the summer quarter.

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14 Mar 2019

HEALTH OF THE GREAT ARTESIAN BASIN SECURED

HEALTH OF THE GREAT ARTESIAN BASIN SECURED
Minister for Regional Water, Niall Blair today announced that a NSW Liberals &
Nationals Government will partner with the Commonwealth Government to invest $26
million in the popular Great Artesian Basin Infrastructure Investment program.

Mr Blair said the investment will see the Government partner with locals to boost their
drought resilience by capping free-flowing bores and installing new water supply
infrastructure such as pipes, tanks and troughs.

“We know that many of the 1400 bores tapping the Great Artesian Basin have stopped
flowing, which is reducing landholder access to water and adding additional pressures
to local councils securing their communities in times of drought,” Mr Blair said. 
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8 Mar 2019

Drought refocuses attention on gas industry groundwater take

Drought refocuses attention on gas industry groundwater take
AS dams, creeks and rivers dry up across eastern Australia, the tightening grip of drought is again underscoring the critical value of groundwater to rural communities and agriculture.

Bore drillers like Ian Hansen (left) at Dalby are receiving phone calls almost daily from livestock producers wanting new or replacement bores sunk as surface water runs out, while townships are also tapping further into groundwater to avoid running out of water.

With precious and finite aquifers under considerable pressure, questions are again being asked about policies that grant short-term mining projects priority access to groundwater.
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1 Oct 2018

Draft Great Artesian Basin Strategic Management Plan 2018

Draft Great Artesian Basin Strategic Management Plan 2018

An extension has been granted for the submission. Closing date  9 November  2018 at 5.00pm (AEDT) . 
Reminder: The new plan will be adopted for the next 15 years. Have your say now.

 

If you want to have a say in the use of our greatest resource – The Great Artesian Basin please tender a submission. I know everyone is struggling with the dry but take 5 minutes to think about where you would be without water. Imagine having to worry about sourcing water as well as feed. We are indeed lucky to have a (mostly) reliable source of water and we need to ensure the government realises how important that it is.

PLEASE HAVE YOUR SAY!

Closing date 5pm next Friday 5th October.

 

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