Halls Creek: Water supply increased 30 percent

Water minister Mia Davies says four new bores have increased Halls Creek’s water supply by 30 percent.

You can read her media release here:

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Saturday, August 9th, 2014 Government, Halls Creek Comments Off

Jenita Enevoldson on government water plan

The Wilderness Society says the WA government has concealed plans to allocate more water to agriculture and industry.

The Wilderness Society's Marine Conservation Officer Jenita Enevoldsen

The Wilderness Society’s State Director Jenita Enevoldsen

“The new report predicts there is twice the amount of water available for use in the Kimberley region than the predicted sustainable demand scenario from the Department of Water ‘Kimberley Regional Water Plan 2010-2030’,” state director Jenita Enevoldsen said.

“Conservationists say it’s ironic that today Water Minister Hon. Mia Davies has put out a media release calling for aged-care facilitates , sports clubs and schools to save precious drinking water and money – but didn’t deem a recent report ‘Water for Growth’, seemingly doubling previous water allocations for regions like the Kimberley, important enough for a media release.”

You can read that statement here:

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Thursday, June 26th, 2014 Environment, Government Comments Off

Government plan to open up more irrigated land

The state government plans to allow businesses to invest in irrigation projects on pastoral leases under certain circumstances.

This is expected to open up more unallocated crown land for cattle production.

The West Australian [read this story]

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Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 Business and finance, Government Comments Off

Canning Basin: Seismic survey begins

A major seismic survey of the Canning Basin is starting this week.

Trucks will be moving slowly from a point north of Port Hedland, through Broome and up the Gibb River Road.

It will take them two months to obtain data from the full 700-kilometre stretch of road.

ABC [read this story]

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Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 Broome, Oil and gas Comments Off

Cross-country cyclists run out of water

Police have rushed to drop water to two cross country cyclists 220km east of the Eighty Mile Beach.

The men are travelling from Alice Springs to the Eighty Mile Beach, with a water pump and filter to draw water from wells.

They made the distress call when their equipment broke down.

Police say the men are experienced and well equipped and are continuing their journey.

Herald Sun [read this story]

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Friday, May 9th, 2014 Police and courts Comments Off

Lake Kununurra: Dead fish found

Residents say they found large numbers of dead fish at Lake Kununurra earlier this month.

The Water Corporation had lowered the lake’s level by 55 per cent to carry out annual maintenance and repair work.

Work finished a day ahead of schedule, and the lake was full again last Monday.

Kimberley Echo [read this story]

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Monday, March 31st, 2014 Environment, Kununurra Comments Off

Melissa Price on the Northern Australia Beef Forum

Local member Melissa Price delivered a speech about the Northern Australia Beef Forum in Parliament last night.

“The key message to come out of this forum was that Indonesia remains a very willing and valuable trading partner, and the opportunities for our agricultural sector—in particular, our cattle producers—are immense,” Ms Price said.

“This is despite the former Labor Government’s attempts not only to fracture Australia’s cattle industry but to significantly strain our relationship with Indonesia by banning live exports without first mounting its own investigation into claims of animal cruelty.

“It is a credit to the Australian cattle industry and to the Coalition Government that we have been able to rebuild these relationships.”

You can read the Hansard transcript here:

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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 Government Comments Off

Wyndham: Croc farm to close

Wyndham crocodile farm is winding down operations, partly because of lack of water.

Courtesy DEC

Courtesy DEC

Rainfall has been too low over the last couple of years to fill the croc farm dam.

The owner hopes to sell the animals to a potential new crocodile farm in Kununurra.

Otherwise they would have to be sold to a zoo in the south, or worse still, sold for hides.

The West Regional [read this story]


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Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 Business and finance, Fitzroy Crossing, Wyndham Comments Off
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