The State Liberals are deeply concerned that South Australian irrigators will start the 2016-17 water year on July 1 with just 36 per cent of their water allocation– the lowest opening allocation announcement since 2010-11.
Acting Shadow Minister for Water and River Murray Tim Whetstone said the minimum opening allocation for holders of irrigation entitlements was lower than expected and will impact heavily on communities all along the river.
The State Liberals have expressed their disappointment that the Weatherill Government has failed to include the northern suburbs in its consultation process regarding its highly controversial recreational fishing review.
“The public consultation process ends tonight with a meeting at Port Noarlunga but without a meeting in the northern suburbs,” said Shadow Minister for Recreation and Sport Tim Whetstone.
As the Premier and Minister for Trade embark on a trade mission to China, statistics released by the ABS today show the value of South Australian merchandisable exports to China have decreased by more than $500 million in the 12 months to February 2016.
South Australia’s merchandisable export values with China for the month of February 2016 were the lowest since 2010.
A 25 per cent drop in expiations for fishers caught doing the wrong thing highlights the failed approach of the State Government to protecting fish stocks.
Freedom of Information documents show that inspectors from Fisheries SA fined or issued just 290 expiation notices in 2014/15 compared with 390 in 2013/14. The amount in fines dropped from nearly $86,000 to $69,000 in the same period.
The State Liberals are urging recreational fishers to attend the only meeting in metropolitan Adelaide tonight to have their voices heard on a range of proposed measures, including changes to size, bag and boat limits.
The State Government has put forward a proposed reduction in bag limits for several species including Garfish, Blue Swimmer Crabs, Tommy Ruff and major changes to the way King George Whiting can be fished.
Public concern at the Weatherill Government’s controversial new bag, boat and size limits for recreational fishers has forced a change of venue for the first public meeting to be held in Port Lincoln tonight.
Originally planned for the Lincoln Marine Science Centre, the meeting has been moved to a bigger venue, the Port Lincoln Hotel, to accommodate a much larger than expected crowd.
The State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Labor Government to put forward a tangible business case to access more than $90 million in Commonwealth irrigation funding which has been untouched since 2011.
The Private Irrigation Infrastructure Program for South Australia (PIIP-SA) was created in 2009 with $110 million allocated to the program and almost $20 million was expended in the early rounds.