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By Country News

WOOL LEVY DECIDED:

Woolgrowers have decided on a 1.5 per cent WoolPoll levy, which will come into effect from July 1 next year. The levy is the rate of gross wool sale proceeds which will fund research and marketing services to the Australian wool industry. The rate will remain in place until the next vote in three years’ time.

NSW BANS MIXED WASTE:

Mixed waste organic material is no longer able to be used on agricultural land in NSW, after an independent report found the use of the materials was having limited agricultural or soil benefits when applied at the previous regulated rates. The ban started on October 26.

WORKING ON DAIRY CODE:

The Australian Dairy Industry Council has put forward its ideas for a mandatory dairy code of conduct, including banning retrospective milk price step-downs and handling contract disputes through a mediation process. A consultation meeting about the code will be held at the Shepparton Swans Football Club at 10.30am on Tuesday, November 27.

HANDS OFF OUR WATER:

A series of meetings have been held across the region, with locals and irrigators calling for no more water to be retrieved from the region under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. A number of Federal Government-led meetings, including one in Rochester on Friday, are being used to develop the neutrality test for the recovery of 450Gl of ‘up-water’ under the plan.

RALLY PLANNED:

The Speak Up campaign is planning a rally in Melbourne on Friday, December 14 to coincide with the Murray-Darling Basin ministers’ Ministerial Council meeting on the same day. Those wishing to attend can phone Peter McCallum on 0408505110.