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Green & gold springtime in the Murray River Valley

Springtime this year in the Riverland in the South Australian Murray River Valley is green and gold, with fresh green groundcover plants and shrubs across the floodplains and golden cassia bushes lining the roads. This is the strongest flowering season … Continue reading

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Stand up and support delivery of the Murray-Darling Basin

The Healthy Rivers Roadshow has just completed 11 community meetings across the Murray-Darling Basin, from Dubbo and Broken Hill to Goolwa, Meningie and Adelaide. People with a range of interests and backgrounds came together to hear about the state of the … Continue reading

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The Red Centre is not so red just now!

Red sand is in short supply in the Red Centre of Australia just now, rather colours are dominated by dense blond thickets of spinifex, golden yellow senna bushes, silvery blue bush, lilac mulla mulla and green groves of slender young … Continue reading

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River Red Gum Communities in the Northern & Yorke Region are suffering from decline and lack of regeneration

Surveys of the condition of river red gum communities in the mid-north of South Australia from 2008 to 2016 have returned alarming findings. Not only are the mature trees declining in condition, but there is no regeneration occurring to replace … Continue reading

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Making the case for environmental water

I took ABC journalist Tom Iggulden out into the field at Ramco Lagoon near Waikerie to demonstrate the process of returning water to the environment in the Murray Valley. Tom reported this story on AM on Friday, June 30, 2017 08:19:00 The … Continue reading

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Where has the $10 billion gone to save the Murray-Darling Basin?

In 2006, Prime Minister John Howard and Water Minister Malcolm Turnbull put $10B on the table to fix the water problems in the Murray-Darling Basin. This included $6B for improved efficiency of water delivery (closing open channels, etc), $3B for … Continue reading

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The black box sapling that didn’t get the email!

For the drought-tolerant, salt-tolerant species black box (Eucalyptus largiflorens), normally found at higher elevations and outer edges of Murray-Darling floodplains, the accepted wisdom is that young trees need to be 20-30 years old in order to produce seed. This time-span is … Continue reading

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