Media Releases

2019 - 2020 Media Releases - View previous Media Releases here.

20200309_Whats_going_on_in_the_northern_Basin

Posted on 3/9/2020
How the water flows are regulated after the rains.

20200121_IIG_inquiry_RGA_survey_responses

Posted on 1/21/2020
On behalf of the RGA members, the RGA Water policy committee have prepared their responses to the IIG Mick Keelty's survey request. Read them here.

20200106_Have your say on the water sharing plans

Posted on 1/6/2020
Have your say on these water sharing arrangements by responding to the online survey before it closes on Sunday 12th January or registering to attend a Town Hall session near you.

20191217 - RGA Still at the Table

Posted on 12/17/2019
Today the Minco ministers meet to address ongoing concerns about the implementation of the MDB Plan. The RGA were a significant contributor in the setting of these priorities and pressed hard for the inclusion of their member's policies.

20191201_Water_Sharing_Plans

Posted on 12/1/2019
The RGA is outraged that state and federal authorities are planning to ram through NSW water sharing and resource plans by the end of the year, ignoring stakeholder pleas for further consultation – again.

20191126 Further water related job losses in the Rice industry

Posted on 11/26/2019
SunRice announce a further 100 job losses and release an independent report highlighting the eroded water rights for General Security water entitlement holders in the southern Murray-Darling Basin

20190904 The RGA welcomes a new president

Posted on 11/5/2019
“I want to see our rice industry continue to proposer well into the future. There are very few agricultural industries that can boast the complete supply chain and marketing strategies achieved by the Australian rice industry.” - Rob Massina

20191010 Risk of reduced water in draft Murray WSP

Posted on 11/5/2019
Water for production could be reduced to support higher planned environmental water flows, under changes proposed in the draft 2020 NSW Murray and Lower Darling Water Sharing Plan.

20101017 Coleambally Drought Bus

Posted on 10/17/2019
You can visit the Mobile Service Centre near the Community hall, Kingfisher avenue, Coleambally on Tuesday 22 Oct from 10:30 to 4:00 pm

20190916 Welcome News: Nationals reject further water recovery

Posted on 9/16/2019
The National Party’s rejection of further water recovery up to another 450 GL finally acknowledges that our industries and communities cannot endure further negative impacts on our economic viability.

20190822_New Role for RGA President

Posted on 8/22/2019
Jeremy Morton has been elected as a SunRice Grower Director and will be stepping down from his position as president of the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia.

20190819_Murray-Darling Basin Plan Review a NoGo ScoMo

Posted on 8/19/2019
It would appear that the Morrison Government has chosen to abandon Murray-Darling Communities when an opportunity for leadership presented itself. The commentary from Water Minister David Littleproud that the Basin Plan “provides certainly” is quite

20190725 Time for Water Ministers to have faith in Murray Darling Communities

Posted on 7/25/2019
The State and Federal Water Ministers have an opportunity next month to be honest with themselves and the Australian people and admit all is not well with how water reforms of the past 25 years are unfolding.

20190722 Next steps for the rice R&D levy proposal2019

Posted on 7/22/2019
The next step in our submission is to provide all Levy Payers with the opportunity to lodge an objection to the Levy Proposal. The Objection Period commenced on Monday 24 June 2019 and will expire at 5pm on Monday 5 August 2019.

20190709 4Corners Cash Splash - Shallow facts

Posted on 7/9/2019
The RGA has long sought that water be recovered for the environment through Infrastructure Programs rather than direct buy-backs. These programs facilitate communities and irrigation industry adjustment to a future with less water for production.

20190509 Murray Darling outcomes not numbers - stop killing our Rivers & Communities

Posted on 5/9/2019
The ‘450GL Up Water Program’ that Tony Burke wants to fast track is deeply flawed and will not only fail to deliver environmental outcomes, but actually risks significant environmental damage while simultaneously hammering a final nail into the coffi

20190413 Time to Cut the Crap on the Murray Darling Basin Plan

Posted on 4/13/2019
The constant push to highlight the different views rather than focus on the common ground may suit a political outcome but it is ripping Murray Darling Basin communities apart. Time to cut the crap o the MDBP.

RGA encourages growers not to burn stubble during Easter and Anzac Day public holidays

Posted on 4/12/2019
The RGA,, Griffith City Council, Leeton Shire Council, Murrumbidgee Shire Council, and the Irrigation Research and Extension Committee (IREC) remind farmers who are planning to burn stubble, to do so responsibly.

Murray communities shortchanged by increasing River losses.

Posted on 4/2/2019
“The Ricegrowers Association of Australia (RGA) has been concerned about losses required to run the Murray River for some time and this report confirms our worst fears with a 39% increase in losses when compared to similar years.” RGA President Jerem

Basin Communities are Cannon Fodder in Labor's quest for power

Posted on 3/29/2019
The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) is absolutely disgusted that Murray Darling Basin Communities are seen by the Australian Labor Party as nothing more than cannon fodder in its quest to become the next Federal Government. “The media