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Friday
Jul302010

Beyond Reasonable Drought

Beyond Reasonable Drought is a touring exhibition organised by the Many Australian Photographers (MAP) Group. It features a fantasic collection of images from around Australia cataloguing the effect of the drought on rural people. View Photographs

Drought on Oxley Station by Michael Amendolia 

Thursday
Jul292010

NEW SIX STAR RATINGS

What are Energy Ratings?

A house’s energy equivalence rating is determined by the design of its envelope or ‘shell’—i.e. roof, walls, windows and floors. The rating is out of 10 stars—more stars indicate a more energy efficient and comfortable house. An energy equivalence rating does not take into consideration a house’s fixtures and appliances, such as hot water systems, air conditioners, lighting and fridges.

Will it apply to my new home?

The 6-star requirement applies to all new houses and townhouses (class 1buildings) and enclosed garages(class 10a buildings) attached to class 1 buildings approved after 1 May 2010. The requirement also applies to new work done on existing buildings, such as additions, alterations or re-locations.

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Friday
Jul162010

Water to get more scarce, more expensive

A new study says Australia's water supply problems are only going to get worse as the population soars towards 45 million by mid-century.

The report by Australia's major water utilities estimates demand for water will increase by almost 1 trillion litres by 2056 based on a population of 31 million people.

The worst-case scenario indicates more than 1.5 trillion litres may be needed if Australia reaches 45 million.

Source: ABC News

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Friday
Jul162010

Milk Producers heated over water charges

The big milk producer on the New South Wales far south coast says a recent increase in water charges is another hurdle for local dairy-farmers.

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal has approved a 10 per cent increase in water charges from the Brogo River system.

Bega Cheese says it is an annual increase plus consumer price index charges, which will lead to a 46 per cent increase in water fees by 20-14.

Source: ABC News

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Tuesday
Jul132010

Irrigation water price rise stresses farmers

Dairy farmers are looking for cost savings in coastal NSW, after irrigation water charges jumped 10 per cent with the new season water allocations.

Farmers say that makes coastal milk production more difficult than inland on the Murray River, where irrigation water costs are seven times cheaper for farmers, because there are more producers to share the admin costs.

Bega dairy farmer Steve Guthrey says a 10 per cent water price rise is just the start of rising costs.

Source: ABC Rural

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