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					                                NRM Monthly Brief
                                       February 07

                                ‘a monthly snapshot for busy people’



The following Brief is a monthly compilation of salient NRM related information drawn from
various identified sources. Compiled by the AMLR Regional NRM Liaison Officers (DWLBC), it
should be noted that some items have been edited for the sake of brevity.

Comments and or queries pertaining to the format/content of this Brief can be directed to the
AMLR Regional NRM Liaison Officers, their contact details are cited on the last page of this
Brief.

In this edition:


General
      Litter on the increase
      Looking for eco-friendly products?
      Prime Minister's Environmentalist of the Year Award now open
      Reinvigorated Science Structure for SARDI
      Dates for 2007 Landcare and Coastcare Weeks
      Release of National Pollutant Inventory data for 2005-06
      Australian Government Envirofund - Round 9 now open
      New Defamation and Environmental Activism Fact sheet now available
      National survey of volunteering issues
      AMLR Community Awareness Grants – building community awareness to better natural
       resources management


Water
      New Minister for Water Security
      Commonwealth commits millions to South Australian water projects
      Stormwater Pollution Prevention Code of Practice Training
      A national plan for water security
      Changes at the National Water Commission
      Peak groups identify common goals for water reform
      Australian Bureau of Statistics Water Account Australia 2004-05
Greenhouse/Climate Change
    IPCC warns of climate change
    Young people rock against warming
    Issues paper on emissions trading
    Emissions reduction to cause huge increase in electricity costs, says ESAA


Coast & Marine
    Fisheries Bill passes through parliament
    Blue Link ocean forecasting system being trialled
    Acid oceans threatening marine food chain, experts warn
    National Coastal Alliance formed
    Scientist says desalination plant risky for environment
    Electronic copies of PIRSA Fisheries Information Brochures available


Biodiversity
    Are you interested in Australian native plants?
    Are you involved in bush regeneration?
    Bird Explorers
    More money for weeds research
    Introducing the world-class Weeds CRC's Integrated Weed Management (IWM) manual
    Invitation to comment on the National Weed Spread Prevention Draft Action Plan


Landcare/Sustainable Agriculture
    New funding programme, EMS Pathways to Sustainable Agriculture
    Helping spot hazardous substances
    The Mouth Revolution
    Positive outlook for nation's agriculture
General
Litter on the increase

The volume of litter across Australia has increased by 7 per cent over the past year, according
to a national litter index part-funded by the Australian Government. The Keep Australia
Beautiful National Litter Index measures the types and amounts of litter across Australia and is
based on audits conducted between May and November 2006. It has found that highway litter
now accounts for almost half of all litter in terms of volume. And that illegal dumping is a major
contributor to Australia‟s litter problem. Mr Turnbull said it would be worrying to see Australia
follow the UK lead where illegal dumping becomes a major litter and public health issue. “Illegal
dumping poses a threat to humans and wildlife, damages our environment and spoils our
enjoyment of our towns and countryside,” Mr Turnbull said.

For further information visit: www.kab.org.au

Source: Aust Govt DEH – Environment News, 23 February (un-edited)                     Return to index

Looking for eco-friendly products?

For a comprehensive listing of eco-friendly product outlets throughout Australia visit the
EcoDirectory: http://www.ecoshop.com.au/directory.htm

Source: UrbNRM Network Update, 15 February (un-edited)                                Return to index

Prime Minister's Environmentalist of the Year Award now open

The 2007 Prime Minister's Environmentalist of the Year Award represents the broad scope of
environmental issues that are today, the priorities at a national level. Submissions are invited
either from yourself or on behalf of another individual or organisation, for any project, program
or other activity by an individual, organisation or group in Australia or overseas that, included in
its outcome, has:

     made a sustained contribution to the environment;
     influenced understanding or appreciation of the environment and our place in it now and
      for a sustainable future in Australia or overseas, and/or;
     provided leadership or inspiration in environmental management or protection.

For further information visit: http://www.banksiafdn.com/

Source: UrbNRM Network Update, 15 February (un-edited)                                Return to index

Reinvigorated Science Structure for SARDI

SARDI's new organizational structure for science management emphasizes streamlined
delivery and adoption of research priorities that reflect industry outcomes. It was formulated
after extensive consultation with national science leaders, staff, stakeholders and industry
focus groups and realigns the institute' s research capabilities to shifting strategic priorities in
the state and national research agenda.

The new structure introduces a tighter focus on four strategic areas, down from the current five.
Particular features of the new structure are a strengthened focus on food innovation, closer
alignment with industry needs.
Source: Geoff Knight – Message from the Acting CE, 9 February (un-edited)         Return to index

Dates for 2007 Landcare and Coastcare Weeks

Landcare Week will be Monday 3rd - Sunday 9th of September inclusive
Coastcare Week will be Monday 3rd - Sunday 9th December inclusive

Source: Landcare Australia News, 6 February (edited)                              Return to index

Release of National Pollutant Inventory data for 2005-06

Information on emissions to Australia's air, land and water during 2005-06 was made public on
31 January 2007 with the release of the annual data for the NPI. The NPI is a publicly
accessible database containing information on emissions of 90 substances from more than
3800 facilities around the country. This was the eighth NPI reporting year. A total of 47 of the
90 NPI substances reported by industrial facilities decreased compared to the previous year.

A case study of Mitsubishi's Tonsley Park car manufacturing plant in South Australia shows
how one facility is reducing its emissions by installing new pollution control equipment. Further
information is available at: http://www.npi.gov.au/overview/reduction.html The NPI can be
accessed at: www.npi.gov.au

Source: Aust Govt DEH – Environment News, 6 February (un-edited)                  Return to index

Australian Government Envirofund Round 9 now open

The Australian Government Envirofund is now open and closes Friday, 27th April 2007.
Envirofund offers funding for local, on ground projects across Australia addressing all aspects
of the environment. This year it will include special arrangements for projects in drought-
affected and coastal areas.

For more information visit the Natural Heritage Trust at: www.nht.gov.au/envirofund/index.html

Source: Landcare Australia News, 6 February (edited)                              Return to index

New Defamation and Environmental Activism Fact sheet now available

A new Defamation and Environmental Activism Fact sheet is now available from the
Environmental Defenders Office (ED0). This is a new addition to the Community Legal
Education folder, where you can view all of the EDO Fact sheets. For more information visit:
http://www.edo.org.au/edosa/

Source: EDO Website, 5 February (edited)                                          Return to index

National survey of volunteering issues

Volunteering Australia is currently seeking input from volunteers and their organizations for its
2007 National Survey of Volunteering Issues. The results of the survey, to a large extent, guide
Volunteering Australia‟s activities so a high return rate from SA is useful for the influence such
a response can have. The survey takes between 10-15 minutes to complete. It is open to the
end of February and can be accessed by clicking:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=313972724201

And just a reminder that the Office for Volunteers has a number of fact sheets available on a
range of topics, including “Risk Management”, “Incorporation”, “Media Guide for Community
Groups”, “Group Insurance for the Volunteer Community”. For copies, either contact the Office
for Volunteers on (08) 8463 4490, or email: ofv@saugov.sa.gov.authey can also be
downloaded from: http://www.ofv.sa.gov.au/

Source: MCCN’s Wetstuff News, 1February (edited)                                  Return to index

AMLR Community Awareness Grants – building community awareness to better natural
resources management

The Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges NRM Board has grant funding available to assist groups
and organisations undertake awareness and engagement activities with a best practice natural
resources management focus or outcome.

Eligible projects will have as their primary objective, building community awareness and
understanding to the care and management of our natural resources and / or the promotion of
positive actions that will lead to the better management of these resources. Schools,
community and environmental groups, individuals, small business/industry and local
government are encouraged to apply.

All projects must occur within the Board’s area and must be completed by 30 June 07.

Applications must be submitted to the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges NRM Board, 205
Greenhill Rd, Eastwood SA 5063. For more information visit: http://www.amlrnrm.sa.gov.au/

Source: Belinda Portelli - AMLR Central Group Member, 1 February (edited)         Return to index


Water
New Minister for Water Security

The State Government has announced a new portfolio of Minister for Water Security as South
Australia faces a serious water crisis. Karlene Maywald will take responsibility for water
security, including SA Water, complementing her current management of the River Murray. She
will work in collaboration with the Minister for Environment and Conservation on managing the
environmental aspects of the state‟s water resources.

Source: Geoff Knight – Message from the Acting CE, 16 February (un-edited) Return to index

Commonwealth commits millions to South Australian water projects

South Australia and the nation‟s iconic resource, the Great Artesian Basin, will benefit from
$15.39 million in funding from the Howard Government. Last week the Prime Minister approved
funding from the Australian Government Water Fund of more than $220 million for projects that
will improve Australia‟s water infrastructure and the management of Australia‟s scarce water
resources.

South Australia will benefit substantially from this commitment, receiving $7.7 million in funding
from the Water Smart Australia programme and $7.69 million in funding from the Raising
National Water Standards Programme - $15.39 million for projects valued at more than $29.13
million. “On World Wetlands Day, I am pleased to announce that restoring water to wetlands in
the upper south east of South Australia is the focus of up to $7.7 million in funding from the
Australian Government‟s Water Smart Australia Programme,” Mr Turnbull said. More
information can be found at: http://www.deh.gov.au/minister/env/2007/pubs/mr02feb207.pdf
Source: Aust Govt DEH – Environment News, 6 February (un-edited)                   Return to index

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Code of Practice Training

The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board has developed
a training package for local government authorities on the EPA Stormwater Pollution
Prevention Code of Practice for Local State and Federal Government.

The training package will be delivered through the LGA and the Board will also be subsidising
attendance fees for each module. For further info visit:
http://www.lga.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?c=12280

Source: Mark Labaz, AMLR NRM Board, 1 February (edited)                           Return to index

A national plan for water security

In his Australia Day speech to the National Press Club the Prime Minister, the Hon. John
Howard MP launched „A National Plan for Water Security‟ which sets forth his plan to secure
Australia‟s long- term water supply.

He announced a $10 billion, 10-point plan on a national scale to improve water efficiency and
to address the over-allocation of water in rural Australia, particularly in the Murray-Darling
Basin.
The plan has the following elements:
     a nationwide investment in Australia‟s irrigation infrastructure to line and pipe major
      delivery channels;
     a nationwide programme to improve on-farm irrigation technology and metering;
     the sharing of water savings on a 50/50 basis between irrigators and the Commonwealth
      leading to greater water security and increased environmental flows;
     addressing once and for all, water over-allocation in the Murray-Darling Basin;
     a new set of governance arrangements for the Basin;
     a sustainable cap on surface and groundwater use in the Basin;
     major engineering works at key sites in the Murray-Darling Basin such as the Barmah
      Choke and Menindee Lakes;
     expanding the role of the Bureau of Meteorology to provide the water data necessary for
      good decision-making by governments and industry;
     taskforce to explore future land and water development in Northern Australia; and
     completion of the restoration of the Great Artesian Basin.
This 10-point plan opens a new chapter of national water management in Australia. It is a large
but prudent investment, especially given the importance to Australia of the Murray-Darling
Basin, and the scale of the water crisis that confronts it.

Source: NWC Newsletter - Distilled, 1 February (edited)                            Return to index

Changes at the National Water Commission

Malcolm Turnbull MP has been promoted to the position of Minister for The Environment and
Water Resources. The Prime Minister, John Howard MP, also announced that he was creating
the role of two parliamentary secretaries as Assistant Ministers. The Honourable John Cobb
MP was appointed the Assistant Minister for The Environment and Water Resources.
Changes will also be made to the names of two departments…The existing Department of the
Environment and Heritage will become the Department of The Environment and Water
Resources.

As a result of these changes the National Water Commission will join the Environment and
Water Resources portfolio from the Prime Minister‟s portfolio. The Commission will remain an
independent statutory body within the new portfolio but outside the Department.

Source: NWC Newsletter - Distilled, 1 February (edited)                         Return to index

Peak groups identify common goals for water reform

The National Water Commission‟s Stakeholder Reference Group, which includes peak water
industry, business, farming, local government and environment groups, have identified a
number of areas where progress needs to be accelerated in order to continue to reform water
management in Australia, these included:
     the need to ensure a robust, secure and NWI-consistent system of water entitlements
      and corresponding investment certainty for farmers and other water users;
     the need to progress interstate water trading;
     the need to improve the security of environmental and consumptive water entitlements;
     the need to urgently improve water accounting, metering, reporting and data sharing;
     the need to properly address over-allocation and overuse of water resources;
     the need to improve water planning for urban and associated rural areas; and
     the need to accelerate uptake of water recycling and more efficient water use.
Members endorsed the Commission‟s recent position on water allocation decisions in New
South Wales, their ongoing role in assessing progress against the National Water Initiative and
the need to continue to provide frank assessments of Australia‟s progress in water reform.

Source: NWC Newsletter - Distilled, 1 February (edited)                         Return to index

Australian Bureau of Statistics Water Account Australia 2004-05

In November 2006 the National Water Commission welcomed the release of the Australian
Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Water Account Australia 2004–05 (the Water Account) which was
partly funded through the Commission‟s Australian Water Resources 2005 project under the
Australian Government‟s Raising National Water Standards Programme.

The ABS Water Account 2004-05 can be found on the ABS website at:
http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4610.0Main+Features12004-
05?OpenDocument

Information from the Water Account will provide the basis of the Water Use component of
Australian Water Resources 2005, the National Water Commission‟s baseline assessment of
water resources under the National Water Initiative. Along with information on Water

Availability and River and Wetland Health, Australian Water Resources 2005 will provide a
snapshot of Australia‟s water resources in 2004-05. The first release of AWR 2005, presenting
high-level water management indicators is available at: http://www.water.gov.au.

Source: NWC Newsletter - Distilled, 1 February (edited)                         Return to index
Greenhouse/Climate Change
IPCC warns of climate change

The Working Group 1 Summary for Policymakers has been released by the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), detailing a bleak outlook on the state of the world‟s climate.
The 21 page report, aimed at policy makers, resulted in a unanimous finding within the IPCC
that human activity is „very likely‟ to blame for global warming, „very likely‟ being defined as
over 90 percent certainty.

Additionally, the report found that human activity was „likely‟ (>66 percent) that man-made
greenhouse gases have contributed to the increase of global temperature and will result in
increased floods, droughts, stronger cyclones and increasing sea levels.

The report found that increases of emission levels will result in substantial climate system
damage that would be very likely be larger than those recorded in the 20th century.
Additionally the report found that regardless of actions taken to reduce emissions, global
warming and sea level rises will continue for more than a millennium, due to the timescales
required for the removal of gas from the atmosphere via the natural process.

However, the report has also found that the Antarctic ice sheet will remain too cold for large-
scale surface melting and is even expected to gain mass due to increased levels of snowfall.
The report identified the Greenland ice sheet to be a larger source of possible increasing sea
levels, observing that the complete destruction of the ice sheet would result in a 7 meter
increase of sea level.

The Working Group 1 Summary for Policymakers is the first of four parts of the IPCC 4th
Assessment Report (4AR) that will continue to be released throughout the year.
The full IPCC report can be found at: http://www.ipcc.ch/SPM2feb07.pdf

Source: Optus Media Group – CO2news, 14 February (edited)                        Return to index

Young people rock against warming

A group of young South Aussies are putting together a compilation CD of original music about
global warming. The primary organiser, 14 year old Alice Mussared, says there was a huge
amount of interest, and 20 bands have been secured to feature on the album, which is due for
release later this year. Carclew Youth Arts are helping the group run workshops for the muso's
involved. For more information visit: http://pic5.piczo.com/rock-against-warming/?g=1

Source: DEH – Emission Climate Change Newsletter, 13 February (edited)           Return to index

Issues paper on emissions trading

The Prime Ministerial Task Group on Emissions Trading has released an issues paper. To view
the paper visit: http://www.pmc.gov.au/emissionstrading/issues_paper.cfm

Source: Aust Govt DEH – Environment News, 9 February (edited)                    Return to index

Emissions reduction to cause huge increase in electricity costs, says ESAA

The Energy Supply Association of Australia has released a report that suggests that cutting
greenhouse emissions by 30 per cent over the next 25 years will see a doubling of electricity
prices.
The peak body for Australia's energy generators has modelled a series of possible futures and
found a 30 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030 will add up to $40 billion in electricity
generation construction costs. According to the report, Australia‟s demand for electricity is
expected to grow, on average, by around 2% each year through to 2030. For gas, the growth is
even faster, at 2.5%. This means that by 2030, electricity load will be 67% more than it was in
2006; a huge increase that will require many billions of dollars of investment in generation,
networks and supporting infrastructure.

The findings of the study has, however, come under fire from Dr Mark Diesendorf, a senior
lecturer in environmental studies at the University of New South Wales, who says the findings
reflect the vested interests of the association's members, who own most of Australia's coal-fired
power stations.

The report can be found at: http://www.esaa.com.au/papers__submissions.html

Source: Hallmark Editions – EnviroInfo, 8 February (edited)                       Return to index


Coast & Marine
Fisheries Bill passes through parliament

Tougher penalties, a new fisheries structure and improved environmental focus… three key
changes that will flow from the Fisheries Management Act 2006 passed by State Parliament.
Key aspect of the Legislation is the establishment of a new Fisheries Council as the peak
management advisory committee reporting to the state government and the delivery of greater
certainty for license holders. The new Act has already drawn acclaim from Industry.

Source: Geoff Knight – Message from the Acting CE, 26 February (edited)           Return to index

Blue Link ocean forecasting system being trialled

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has recently announced its Blue Link ocean forecasting
system is being trailed and is likely to be commercially available by April 2007. The Bureau of
Meteorology, in conjunction with the CSIRO and a number of other stakeholders, has been
developing the system since 2001.

The project will serve to synthesise and assimilate data collected across the world‟s oceans
from centres in the US, France and Australia in real time that will contribute to establishing
accurate, global predictions using data on salinity, winds, ocean temperature and sea level
height.

The forecasts will provide vital information on coastal and ocean currents, surface and
subsurface ocean properties, that impact and are linked to maritime, commercial operations
and defence applications. The technology will also be able to assist in the safety of shipping
and prediction of climate change on both a regional and global level.

Source: Hallmark Editions – EnviroInfo, 22 February (un-edited)                   Return to index

Acid oceans threatening marine food chain, experts warn

The world's oceans are turning acidic due to the build up of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the
atmosphere, and scientists say the effects on marine life will be catastrophic.
In the next 50 to 100 years corrosive seawater will dissolve the shells of tiny marine snails and
reduce coral reefs to rubble, the researchers say. Four leading marine experts delivered this
grim prognosis yesterday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science in San Francisco, California.

The scientists stressed that increased ocean acidity is one of the gravest dangers posed by the
build up of atmospheric CO2. For more information visit:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/02/070217-acid-oceans.html

Source: MCCN’s Wetstuff News, 21February (edited)                                 Return to index

National Coastal Alliance formed

A new national body is being created to unite local governments, environmental organisations
and other parties involved in the management of coastal communities. To be known as the
National Coastal Alliance, the organisation is intended to bring together bodies responsible for
the economic, social and environmental management of Australia‟s coastal regions.

The alliance is expected to serve as a conduit for discussion between the groups about coastal
management issues, and also to play a leading role in compiling research data on coastal
issues.

For more information about the new alliance, email the National Sea Change Taskforce via
info@seachangetaskforce.org.au

Source: Hallmark Editions – EnviroInfo, 8 February (edited)                        Return to index

Scientist says desalination plant risky for environment

A marine biologist says he is concerned about the effect of high levels of salt in the water from
a proposed desalination plant to be built in Adelaide. The South Australian Opposition has
pledged a large-scale desalination plant to produce 45 gigalitres of fresh drinking water - about
22 per cent of Adelaide's consumption - each year.

But Professor Peter Fairweather says the environmental risks of putting salt back into the sea
need to be carefully considered. "The problem with putting it into any water mass is that it
hangs around as this dense, salty layer and doesn't necessarily go anywhere unless it's broken
up by waves or strong currents," he said. "So it can sit there for a long, long time. "Fish and
other things will know that it's there and in many cases when it's too salty, they'll avoid it like
the plague."

Source: MCCN’s Wetstuff News, 1February (edited)                                  Return to index

Electronic copies of PIRSA Fisheries Information Brochures available

Electronic copies of PIRSA Fisheries information brochures are now available free of charge
from the PIRSA Fisheries web site. The brochures include size bag and boat limit information
as well as specific brochures covering rock lobster fishing, intertidal reef protection and
information about how to use the Fishwatch hotline.

The rec fishing guide can also be viewed online and copies of this or any other brochure can
also be requested via the Fishwatch hotline 1800 065 522. For more information visit:
http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/pages/fisheries/rec_fishing/fishfacts_december06.htm

Source: MCCN’s Wetstuff News, 1February (edited)                                  Return to index
Biodiversity
Are you interested in Australian native plants?

Members are vital to the Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC) and its work to
improve plant conservation across Australia. If you are not a member, you might like to join
us. For a membership form, go to: http://www.anpc.asn.au/join.html and join Australia's only
national plant conservation network.

Source: UrbNRM Network Update, 15 February (un-edited)                          Return to index

Are you involved in bush regeneration?

Membership of the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators (AABR) is open to anyone
who has 500 hours or more voluntary or paid practical experience in bushland work under an
AABR approved supervisor over a minimum period of 2 years. You must have completed a
recognized course in Bush Regeneration. Non-standard applicants who do not fulfil these
criteria, but feel they have the member competencies, are also invited to join. A field
assessment at a site of your choosing is required. Membership is $25 per year. For further
information visit: http://AABR.org.au/

Source: UrbNRM Network Update, 15 February (un-edited)                          Return to index

Bird Explorers

Bird Explorers invites you to follow their adventures as they attempt to photograph every
species of bird in the world in an effort to promote the awareness, conservation and astonishing
beauty of our planet's amazing and diverse birdlife. For further information visit:
http://www.birdquest.net/

Source: UrbNRM Network Update, 15 February (un-edited)                          Return to index

More money for weeds research

Australia ‟s war against weeds is escalating. The Minister for the Environment and Water
Resources, Malcolm Turnbull, and the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation,
Senator Eric Abetz, announced funding of over $1.7 million for projects under the Defeating the
Weed Menace programme, again demonstrating the commitment of the Australian Government
to ongoing weeds research and on-ground works. For a full transcript visit:
http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/env/2007/pubs/mr08feb07.pdf

Source: Aust Govt DEH – Environment News, 9 February (edited)                   Return to index

Introducing the world-class Weeds CRC's Integrated Weed Management (IWM) manual

Ten years of study and painstaking data collection by Australia's leading weed scientists have
created a new weapon for farmers in the fight against crop weeds. The new Integrated Weed
Management (IWM) manual, a 250 page "bible", grew out of a concern at the speed with which
unwanted plants are becoming resistant to herbicides.

The manual encourages land managers to use the full range of control methods available and
not rely on a single 'quick fix' solution, such as herbicides alone. The IWM manual contains
specific details of 20 of the worst weeds of Australia's cropping areas and individual weed
management tactics, as well as detailed information on how to develop and assess effective
weed management programs. The manual also contains a comprehensive section on
herbicide resistance.

The Integrated Weed Management manual underpins training workshops for farm advisers
coordinated by John Cameron of Independent Consultants Australia Network (ICAN) who has
described the manual as a world-class publication.

Some 300 farm advisors have participated to date in IWM workshops across the country.
Further information on the manual and workshops is available at the website below.
Order your copy now at:
www.weeds.crc.org.au/publications/iwm_manual_flyer.html

Source: Ben Hyde, AG Facilitator - Bushcare, 9 February (un-edited)                  Return to index

Invitation to comment on the National Weed Spread Prevention Draft Action Plan

The Australian Weeds Committee extends an invitation to you or a member of your
organisation to comment on the consultation draft of the National Weed Spread Prevention
Draft Action Plan. The National Weed Spread Prevention Draft Action Plan is available on the
Weeds Australia website at: www.weeds.org/awcnews.htm. The closing date for public
comment is 2 March 2007.

The aim of the National Weed Spread Prevention Draft Action Plan is to reduce the risk of
weed spread caused by human activity within Australia.

The rationale for the draft action plan can be summarised in four key statements:

     Pathways for weed spread need to be identified and addressed.

     Effective consistent and complementary measures to prevent weed spread need to be
      developed.

     Government, industry and communities need to be encouraged and empowered to
      undertake effective preventative actions.

     The implementation of strategic action (primarily 1.3) of the proposed Australian Weed
      Strategy (AWS) needs to be supported.

Six broad goals have been developed to achieve the aim of the draft action plan.

The draft action plan identifies several outcomes and management actions in order to meet
each goal. It prioritises these management actions and allocates the primary responsibility for
the implementation of each one. Key performance indicators and deliverables have been
developed to measure how well each goal has been achieved.
In this way, the draft action plan will provide clear direction to all parties involved in addressing
the problem of weed spread, enabling them to make the best use of available resources.

You can provide comments directly through the website at: www.weeds.org.au/nwspap.htm or
send them to:

Secretariat - Australian Weeds Committee
16 Flowers Court
LAUNCESTON TAS 7250
Organisations without internet access can receive a copy of the draft strategy by calling the
Secretariat on (03) 6344 9657.

Source: Secretariat - Australian Weeds Committee, 2 February (edited)              Return to index


Landcare/Sustainable Agriculture
New funding programme, EMS Pathways to Sustainable Agriculture

On 22 February, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and
Forestry, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, launched a new one-year $3.9 million funding programme -
EMS Pathways to Sustainable Agriculture. There are two categories of funding aimed at
Regional bodies ($1 million) and Industry ($2.9 million) respectively.

The Australian Government is now inviting applications for funding for projects that achieve the
programme‟s objectives, which are to:

     strengthen the capacity of Regional bodies and industry groups to lead the
      implementation of management systems for producers;
     build and strengthen linkages between regions, industries and research organisations to
      support industry and farmers to report their contribution to regional NRM targets; and
     increase on-ground uptake of EMS approaches to maintain and improve the productivity
      and profitability of producers, in particular by the mixed farming sector.

The programme will encourage Regional NRM bodies and Industry bodies to take a leading
role in supporting EMS approaches. Further information on the programme is available from:
www.daff.gov.au/emsfunding

Source: Ann Price - Aust Govt DAFF, 22 February (edited)                           Return to index

Helping spot hazardous substances

Rural Solutions SA has launched a program for the Vietnamese and Cambodian communities
of the Adelaide Plains to help them recognize and deal with hazardous substances. Targeting
those with low English-speaking or numeracy skills, the program covers domestic, industrial
and farm situations. For more information see:
www.ruralsolutions.sa.gov.au/media/media_releases

Source: Geoff Knight – Message from the Acting CE, 16 February (un-edited) Return to index

The Mouth Revolution

The 'Mouth Revolution' is an international campaign aiming to promote organic food. For
further information visit: http://www.mouthrevolution.com/

Source: UrbNRM Network Update, 15 February (un-edited)                             Return to index

Positive outlook for nation's agriculture

A recently released agriculture report titled Australian Agriculture in Focus, released by the
world‟s foremost agricultural financial bank Rabobank, has found that despite increasing
pressures from drought conditions, the industry is set to prosper if rain levels return to normalcy
this year.
While the report acknowledges that the majority of Australian agricultural industry has started
2007 in severe drought conditions, it is optimistic that if rain levels increase Australia will record
a profitable agricultural cycle. The full report can be reviewed at:
http://www.rabobank.com.au/inside_rabobank/news/media_releases/media_release_290107.a
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Source: Hallmark Editions – EnviroInfo, 8 February (edited)                          Return to index



Please note: comments and or queries pertaining to the format/content of this Brief can be
directed to the AMLR Regional NRM Liaison Officer (DWLBC), whose contact details are cited
below:

Geoff Rogers
Regional NRM Liaison Officer
Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges Region
Mount Lofty Ranges Catchment Centre
Corner Mann & Walker Streets
MOUNT BARKER SA 5251
Ph: 08 8391 7518
Fax: 08 8391 7524
Mob: 0427 604 190
rogers.geoff@saugov.sa.gov.au

				
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