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MURRAY DARLING BASIN PLAN VOTES UNDER QUESTION

Both the New South Wales and Victorian Water Minister are pleading with the Federal Opposition to support the Murray Darling Basin Plan tomorrow. It comes amid fears of a potential back-flip on agreements by the South Australian government…. A move labelled by the New South Wales Minister for Regional Water, Niall Blair, as a ‘mongrel act.’ “We have had basin states working together since 2012. Politics being put to the side to get the best outcomes on a triple-bottom-line approach for all of our communities,” Minister Blair said. If the plan is voted down, $180-million committed to environmental projects in the northern Basin will be at risk. That includes 28-gigalitres of buybacks in northern New South Wales, resulting in the loss of 56 farming jobs at Moree and 11 at Narrabri.   NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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SITE NOT SUITABLE FOR PROPOSED ORGANIC RECYCLING FACILITY

Plans to build an organic waste facility on the outskirts of Tamworth have hit a hurdle. A specialist consultant has advised the proposed site on Duri – Wallamore Road near the airport is not suitable, due to increased risk of a bird strike. Tonight councillors will consider withdrawing the development application and investigate alternative sites for the project. The $1.3-million facility is designed to reduce landfill at the city’s Forest Road site, by recycling all domestic food scraps and garden waste. (vision only)

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LANDHOLDERS TO BE CONSULTED ON INLAND RAIL PROJECT

Narrabri farmers affected by the Inland Rail project will have a chance to meet one-on-one with representatives from the Australian Rail Track Corporation. Over the next three months the organisation’s members will meet with about 300 individual landholders, as planning continues for the Narromine to Narrabri stretch of the project. So far a two-kilometre wide rail corridor has been identified, which will be refined to around 50-metres wide over the next two years. The central and north western parts of the state are set to see a $480-million economic boost from the inland rail project. (vision only)

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