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RIVERLAND exporters will benefit from
the implementation of the Japan-Australia
Economic Partnership Agreement when it
comes into effect on Thursday.
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said the
free-trade agreement (FTA) would include two
rounds of tariff cuts in the first half of this year.
“This FTA provides an important boost
for businesses and comes on the back of
Australia’s deal with South Korea which came
into force late last year,” he said.
“South Australia’s agricultural, food and
wine exports to Japan total more than $300
million per year and Japan is the state’s third
largest export market for agricultural products.
“The Riverland and Mallee has a number
of livestock producers who will be among the
greatest beneficiaries of the agreement with
standard tariffs to be significantly reduced.
“I believe there is much room to strengthen
the state’s trade with Japan and with the FTA in
effect, the Riverland and Mallee can play a key
role in this.”
LOCALS still have time to make written
submissions to the Murray River Draft Water
Feedback to the plan can be submitted until
5pm Friday, February 27 and SAMDB NRM
Board presiding member Sharon Starick said
any submission was welcome.
A series of three open house meetings was
held in early December, giving the community
the chance to discuss the draft plan in person
“We’ve had a fantastic response to the draft
plan so far in terms of submissions from mem-
bers of the community, but there’s certainly still
time for submissions to be made,” Mrs Starick
“The important thing is for anyone interested
in having their say on the management of the
River Murray water resource to make a submis-
sion before the closing date.”
Copies of the draft plan and supporting doc-
uments can be viewed at the Natural Resources
Centre offices or downloaded from the Natural
Resources SAMDB website at: http://www.
Submissions may be made online at: http://
Written submissions on the draft plan can be
emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent
by post to: Peta Brettig, senior project officer,
River Murray Water Allocation Plan Natural
Resources South Australian Murray-Darling
Basin GPO Box 2834 Adelaide SA 5001.
CASH grants are available to local
individuals and groups employing
innovative practices promoting efficiency
and new technology.
The SAMDB NRM Agricultural and
Fishing Innovation Small Grants program
help primary producers, fishers, indus-
try groups, local businesses, community
groups and research organisations in the
agricultural and fishing sectors adopt inno-
Grants are available to eligible individu-
als, groups and entities currently operat-
ing within the South Australian Murray-
Darling Basin (SAMDB) region.
The grants are jointly funded through
the SAMDB Natural Resources
Management Board NRM Levy and
the Australian Government’s National
Landcare Program (NLP).
The following are eligible to apply for
q All primary producers including
farmers, horticulturalists, graziers and pas-
q Farming systems groups and agricul-
q Agricultural industry groups and
q Fishing industry groups and organi-
q Non-government and not-for-profit
organisations working to improve agricul-
q Research institutions focused on
q Businesses which primarily support
agricultural industry and drive innovation
in the sector.
Funding can be used for trials, demon-
strations and development of innovative
practices and also for the promotion or
undertaking of new ideas.
Projects must be within the SAMBD
NRM region and the practices must pro-
vide a profitability or sustainability ben-
Applications close at 5pm on Thursday,
The grant guidelines and application
form are available from the SAMDB web-
site at /www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au/
For assistance or more information,
please contact Tony Randall, sustainable
farming program co-ordinator, on tony.
email@example.com or (08) 8532 9100.
homeowners are being
asked not to spray or
aggravate sugar ants, as
large colonies emerge
National Parks and
Wildlife CEO Susanna
Bradshaw said the
warmer weather has
caused an increase in
the number of sugar ants
living in the garden.
“During the sum-
mer months, sugar ants
become much more
active as the heat and
wet weather drives them
out of their nests to
explore their surround-
ings,” she said.
“As they wan-
der around enjoying
the summer weather,
the sugar ants will be
growing their complex,
invisible chemical trails
all over your garden.
“Sugar ants are great
little weather predictors,
so if you see hundreds
of ants running around
the place, chances are
they are trying to find
somewhere dry before a
Ms Bradshaw said
while the immediate
reaction of most gar-
deners is to spray ants,
Riverlanders need to
understand that they aid
in keeping the backyard
clean and tidy.
“These ants are harm-
less, native animals
that play an important
role in our natural food
web,” she said.
“They like to eat
sugar and all things
sweet, but they aren’t
fussy and will go for
a wide range of foods,
from insects to seeds.
“They are the great
vacuum cleaners of
our natural world and
without them we would
have plenty of old food
and dead insects lying
to benefit our
Cash grants available for our
creative farmers and fishers
Local individuals and groups are welcome to apply for the SAMDB NRM Agricultural and Fishing Innovation Small Grants.
Dont spray, care for the humble garden ant
Large colonies of sugar ants emerge as the weather gets warmer.
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