Australia’s fauna extinction crisis SURVEY – TO THE COMMITTEE SENATE Proposed Development of Northern Australia

Farmers Network are saying: There is a Senate Enquiry into “Australia’s Fauna Extinction Crisis”. The loss of extensive areas of native vegetation is the main cause of wildlife decline across the world. The savannas of Northern Australia are internationally significant and ecotourism in these areas is a growing and sustainable use. Agricultural expansion in Northern Australia is inappropriate if the natural values of the north are to be protected.

Potentially, an area almost the size of Victoria, (including the damning of our wild rivers) will be cleared to make way for AGRICULTURE EXPANSION for Cotton, Rice, Sugar Cane and array of cash crops. These crops demand a high uptake of nitrogen, and water usage).

Refer: Website: 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 is conducting a survey is designed to assess your knowledge and opinions regarding the current and future environmental health of Northern Australia and how the "Agriculture Expansion" proposal may affect the current Extinction Crisis of Australia's Wildlife.


HAVE YOUR SAY by completing the SURVEY

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Giant dams could be built in parts of north Queensland and the Northern Territory to turn those areas into major national agricultural food bowls and generate significant economic benefits, a CSIRO report says.

The Federal Government welcomed the report, saying the dams could revolutionise food production and help drought-proof rural areas.

The CSIRO's "world-leading initiative" mapped three key river systems — the Mitchell River in far north Queensland, Western Australia's Fitzroy River and the Greater Darwin area in the Northern Territory — to identify the best sites for potential irrigated agricultural development.

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