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TEMPORARY WATER UP:

Temporary water prices have climbed above $400/Ml for many irrigation zones along the Murray and Goulburn River.

A dry winter and spring are believed to be contributing to the high demand for traded water.

SOLAR FARMS PROGRESS

Construction on the first of two solar farms proposed for the southern Riverina in NSW could start next year.

Design and construction is being carried out on the Currawarra Solar Farm near Mayrung.

Once construction has started, the owners are planning to start work on the Tarleigh Park project at Blighty.

Meanwhile, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment has approved a $119million solar farm project in Mulwala.

WOOLWORTHS TO AID DAIRY

Woolworths has announced it will extend its dairy farmer drought relief program for up to six more months.

The Drought Relief Milk Program had provided $3.1million in relief payments to more than 280 drought-affected dairy farmers across NSW, Queensland and Victoria since it began in October.

A limited-edition milk range offers customers the option to buy Woolworths full-cream and Woolworths light milk varieties at $2.20 for two litres and $3.30 for three litres, with 10¢/litre going to dairy farmers in drought-affected areas.

MCKENZIE SPECULATION

Federal Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie has not explicitly ruled out vying for the seat of fallen colleague Andrew Broad at the next federal election.

The Victorian senator’s term is not due to expire until 2022, but there is speculation she is plotting a move to the lower house to position herself for a future leadership bid.