Tag: Murray-Darling

Plibersek has a golden opportunity to lead on Murray-Darling Basin Plan

It requires more than just “repair” it needs future proofing;

After the Coalition sabotaged the Murray-Darling Basin for profit, the Labor Government has a chance to repair the damage done, writes Tyler Rotche.

Plibersek has a golden opportunity to lead on Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Going Nuts: Murray Darling’s “unbelievably beautiful story” for investors a nightmare for farmers, environment – Michael West

Duxton Water executives have been boasting about “beautiful” structural imbalances in Australia’s water market, and potentially dazzling profits from drought. Corporate nut farming is thirsty business and the proliferation of almond farms is poised to whip up prices and crush traditional agriculture in Australia’s food bowl, reports Callum Foote.

Source: Going Nuts: Murray Darling’s “unbelievably beautiful story” for investors a nightmare for farmers, environment – Michael West

Barnaby Joyce simply passed the buck

From this morning’s Good Weekend, The Age. “Fishermen ride their camels to catch fish in what is left of the Aral Sea, once the worlds 4th largest lake. The Aral Sea teamed with life until Soviet planners in the 1960’s diverted water for cotton, wheat & other irrigated crops. Former United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon called it “one of the worst environmental disasters of the world””

SIX decades later, here in Australia, we’re surprised that irrigation, mainly for cotton, is depleting us of water. We are very slow learners & don’t seem to learn from mistakes.
What’s the definition of insanity attributed to Einstein?

Photos reveal Queensland cotton farms full of water while Darling River runs dry | Australia news | The Guardian

Over the border in NSW, the Barwon and Darling rivers are a series of muddy pools, and fish are dying

via Photos reveal Queensland cotton farms full of water while Darling River runs dry | Australia news | The Guardian

Cotton grower Anthony Barlow pleads guilty to illegal pumping of Murray Darling water – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Cotton growing in a field.

A cotton farmer has pleaded guilty to illegally pumping water from the Murray-Darling Basin, after he was charged following an ABC Four Corners investigation.

via Cotton grower Anthony Barlow pleads guilty to illegal pumping of Murray Darling water – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)