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Things you need to know - February

By Country News

MDBA REPORT:

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority released a 120-page report called the MDBA ‘evaluation’, examining progress in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan’s five first five years.

The report is available here: www.mdba.gov.au/report

MCKENZIE ELECTED:

Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie, who is based in Bendigo, was elected deputy leader of the federal parliamentary National Party, to replace Fiona Nash who fell foul of the citizenship qualifications.

FONTERRA PRICE LIFT:

Dairy processor Fonterra has announced a small increase in the price it pays its suppliers, but downgraded its end-of-season forecast.

WATER ALLOCATIONS:

The northern resource manager has announced small increases in low-reliability water allocations for several systems. Most of the districts already have a 100 per cent high-reliability allocation.

More information here: www.g-mw.com.au/allocations

MINCO MEETING:

Commonwealth and state water ministers will meet at Wodonga on Tuesday to hear the latest basin plan developments. Ministers expect strong lobbying from South Australia, which is insisting on the delivery of the proposed 450Gl of ‘up-water’.

NEW SRI LEADER:

Southern Riverina Irrigators has elected a new chair, Finley mixed farmer, Gabrielle Coupland.