Development of Northern Australia – (Industrialized Agricultural Expansion of Northern Australia)
FARMERS NETWORK is saying:
The loss of extensive areas of native vegetation is the main cause of wildlife decline across the world which has affects CLIMATE.
This proposal will affect the size of our state of VICTORIA of native vegetation and our wild rivers.
Are we about to destroy the water cycle just like it has done with the South?
These are Australia’s wild places, that our regenerative farming, tourism and fishing industry depends upon. This proposal will destroy the bio-diversity opportunities for indigenous communities.
There are plenty of opportunities to expand dams in the Lockyer Valley, Mareeba, the Ord, and to assist existing farmers to increase their production, and underground basins.
Industrial Agriculture is not suitable for this ancient landscape, which is the 2nd driest continent on the planet. There are already enough extractive industries in the Northern Australia which are affecting the Rivers including the Murray Darling River basin.
INSTEAD – ASSIST EXISTING FARMERS to repair their Water Cycle, Soil, bio-diversity and eco-systems (Survey results in Nth Qld indicate nearly 100% of people support this (Senate Enquiry 2018 campaign into Fauna Extinction campaign)
Australia already has food bowls on productive agricultural land. The Federal Government has allowed (and even advocated) large scale clearing which has affected the rainfall and bio-diversity which we need for future farming regeneration.
Refer: Website: www.csiro.au/en/NAWRA :The Federal Government employed more than 100 scientists at a cost of $15million, to investigate three priority river catchment areas across three states in 2.5 years, to enable expansion of irrigated agriculture. an area almost the size of Victoria These include:
- the Fitzroy catchment in Western Australia
- the Finniss, Adelaide, Mary and Wildman river catchments in the Northern Territory
- the Mitchell catchment in Queensland. This information is taken from the Federal Government Website
Full article in PDF can be downloaded here.
More information about Dr. Jeff Shellberg can be found by clicking this link.
Evidence can be found by clicking this link.