Brock Sensitivity Report

In August 2009, the Goondiwindi, Tenterfield, Gwydir and Balonne Councils engaged the Institute for Rural Futures at the University of New England, and Tim Cummins & Associates to conduct a socio-economic sensitivity analysis relevant to reductions in access to water for irrigation in the Border Rivers catchment, due either to climate change and ongoing drought, or Government policies (such as water buyback schemes and increasing environmental flows). The Councils wish to preserve as much as possible of this fertile region’s productive capacity, while ensuring that the health of river systems is maintained. . Click on the link below to download the full report .BROC_Sensitivity_Report REDUCTION IN WATER AVAILABILITY (pdf 14.8 MB) ....

Bush Telegraph Podcast

Calls for more investment in rural roads By Greg Muller Tuesday, 01/02/2011 . From the gravel outside the farm gate to the freeway into the city, every kilometre of road is vital to getting goods to market. . The Australian Rural Roads Group is an alliance of 114 rural local governments which represent only seven per cent of the country’s population but almost half the agricultural output. . But more importantly their areas contain a quarter of all Australians roads. And they’ve just published a report, ‘Going Nowhere: The Rural Local Roads Crisis, Its National Significance and Proposed Reforms’. It calls on the Federal Government to spend an extra three billion dollars on roads. . In this report: Luke Fraser, consultant and author of the...

Minutes 14-6-2010

Australian Rural Road Group Inc Minutes – 14th June 2010 DRAFT MINUTES »» Download Minutes – 14th June – Canberra Inaugural Meeting Agenda Australian Rural Road Group (Incorporated) Date: Monday 14th June 2010 (3.00pm) Location: Swan Room National Convention Centre 31 Constitution Avenue CANBERRA ACT 2601 Attendees: Colac Otway Shire Council Cr Lyn Russell (Mayor) Corangamite Shire Council Cr Ruth Gstrein (Councillor) Cowra Shire Council Cr Bruce Miller (Councillor & President of Shires Association and Vice President of the Australian Local Government Association, or ALGA (elected November 2008).) Etheridge Shire Council Cr Warren Devlin (Mayor) Gunnawarra Shire Council Ms Rosanne Kara (CEO) Gwydir Shire Council Cr John Coulton (Mayor), Cr Catherine Egan...

Poor Roads & the Food Chain

DEBRA JOPSON REGIONAL AFFAIRS Sydney Morning Herald April 7, 2010   COUNCILS from the nation’s richest rural areas have banded together to lobby for more federal funds because the roads which cover the ”first food mile” are often too degraded to ensure that produce will always get from the paddock to the city plate, they say. ”The food chain is as strong as its weakest link and if we don’t improve the funding for that first mile, the whole chain will collapse,” said Max Eastcott, general manager of Gwydir Shire Council which, with its neighbour Moree Plains Shire Council, is setting up a body to argue the case for more infrastructure. Twenty councils voted recently at a Canberra meeting to set up the Australia Wide Rural Road...