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Calls for "fair dinkum" review of the basin plan

Murray River Group of Council have called for a ‘‘fair dinkum’’ examination of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan at the upcoming Ministerial Council meeting.. Chair of the six council group, and Campaspe Shire mayor, Adrian

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Alana Christensen
Dec 15 2017
News

GALLERY: The 1974 Floods

Following last weekend's wild weather and flooding throughout the Goulburn Valley, the Country News has thrownback to another much talked about flood event - the May 1974 floods.. Hundreds turned out to fill sandbags, as the community worked

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Alana Christensen
Dec 08 2017
News

VIDEO: Farmers find positive side of floods

The weekend's torrential downpour may have left crops under water and many farmers with a big clean up, but two Moama farmers decided to make the best of a bad situation.. Kate Dixon and Evan Catlow, took to their farm to have a bit of fun in

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Alana Christensen
Dec 08 2017
Water

Ryan: govt stagnant on water theft

Tougher penalties for water theft could be on the way with Victorian Water Minister Lisa Neville drafting new laws in the wake of a report into water compliance within the Murray-Darling Basin.. Yet despite the plans, Shadow Water Minister Steph

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Alana Christensen
Dec 06 2017
News

Hay! Check out this art

Tarrington locals have been treated to an art show with a difference with art and sculptures made out of hay.. The creations lined the Hamilton Highway through the town throughout the week, with everything from roast turkeys to buses and Santa's

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Alana Christensen
Dec 06 2017
News

GALLERY: The October 1993 Floods

In the early days of October 1993, floods swept the Goulburn Valley region with towns affected by rising flood waters, leaving behind a trail of destruction and millions in repair bills.. These images, taken from the pages of Shepparton News'

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Alana Christensen
Dec 01 2017
Cropping

Retractable roof aids Lancaster tomato growers

A multi-million dollar project to install a retractable roof at La Manna Premier Group's Lancaster greenhouse facility has officially completed its first stage.. The three-stage project will ultimately facilitate 25 hectares of under-cover

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Alana Christensen
Dec 01 2017
Cropping

Retractable roof aids Lancaster tomato growers

A multi-million dollar project to install a retractable roof at La Manna Premier Group's Lancaster greenhouse facility has officially completed its first stage.. The three-stage project will ultimately facilitate 25 hectares of under-cover

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Alana Christensen
Dec 01 2017
Cropping

Farm is building better soils

A desire to build organic carbon within his soil has driven Pine Lodge farmer David Cook to introduce livestock back onto his property for the first time in years.. After undertaking a holistic management short course program funded through Landcare

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Alana Christensen
Nov 30 2017
News

Call to split up the water and agriculture portfolios

South Australia have called on the federal government to split up the water and agriculture ministries, labeling the decision to tie them together a ‘‘failed experiment’’.. South Australian Minister for Water Ian Hunter said

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Alana Christensen
Nov 24 2017
Livestock

Guinea fowl rounds up the sheep

When the Jewell family makes the trek out to the paddocks to herd sheep, it’s not just the trusty working dogs that follow.. Having accidentally adopted a guinea fowl almost two years ago, the feathered friend — who they’ve dubbed

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Alana Christensen
Nov 21 2017
News

Demand drives wool prices higher

Strong export demand is continuing to fuel rising wool prices, delivering record highs last week and leaving producers with plenty to smile about.. The industry’s price benchmark, the Eastern Market Indicator, jumped 58¢ on the previous

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Alana Christensen
Nov 21 2017
News

Dairy crisis drives up higher G-MW debts

Northern Victorian irrigators have racked up almost $12million in debt to Goulburn-Murray Water as the full impact of the dairy crisis continues to reveal itself.. The figures, revealed in the irrigation authority’s annual report, have largely

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Alana Christensen
Nov 21 2017
News

Fabric art on show

When Picola textile artist Linden Lancaster first purchased a sewing machine it was for one simple reason — to repair her husband’s clothes.. Now, more than 20 years later, the former music teacher has found a different use for her

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Alana Christensen
Nov 17 2017
Livestock

Virus test results soon

Farmers who have had mobs tested for bluetongue virus can expect to find out the results by early next week, Victoria’s chief veterinary officer says.. Charles Milne said the results of 2500 samples taken from 98 mobs of cattle surrounding

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Alana Christensen
Nov 14 2017
Water

Region ignored

Six permanent local engagement officers have been appointed across the Murray-Darling Basin but none are based near the Goulburn Valley.. Announced by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder last week, the officers will be based in Wodong

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Alana Christensen
Nov 14 2017
Viticulture

Sniffing out a simple solution

A University of Melbourne lecturer is turning to dogs to protect wine from a type of yeast, training them to detect it in wine barrels.. Sonja Needs has spent the past year training her border terrier Keely and her German shepherd-husky cross Quinn

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Alana Christensen
Nov 09 2017
News

In the run for fun

Challenge Shepparton holds a special place in former triathlete Belinda Granger’s heart, as it was the last professional race she competed in.. With many fond memories of competing in the event professionally, Ms Granger said she was looking

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Alana Christensen
Nov 08 2017
News

Farmers feel power pain

Goulburn Valley producers are being stung by skyrocketing power prices as many attempt to renegotiate their power contracts, with some rates more than tripling.. Mooroopna farmer Michael Gaffy, who maintains a 141ha farm producing lucerne, hay and

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Alana Christensen
Oct 31 2017
Cropping

Shock announcement for Girgarre

Northern Victorian milk processor, ACM, has announced plans to build a multi-million dollar milk processing factory in the small town of Girgarre.. ACM chairman Michael Auld said the work should start on the site, next to the old Girgarre cheese

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Alana Christensen
Oct 27 2017
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