The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-06-10T00:50:41Z Kokey Koala’s anniversary just in time for Tokyo Olympics 2021-06-10T00:50:41Z kokey-koalas-anniversary-just-in-time-for-tokyo-olympics The family of Trixie Whitmore has re-published her sell-out children’s adventure picture book, Kokey Koala and the Bush Olympics, 20 years after it was first launched to coincide with the Sydney Olympics, and as a tribute and legacy to the late author.Then nominated as a recommended resource by the NSW Education Department, Kokey Koala and the Bush Olympics is the story of a cute koala who, with determination and courage, participates in a series of Bush Olympics sports with the hope of winning an Olympic Gold Medal.Just in time for the Tokyo Olympics and guaranteed to appeal to a new generation of children, the hardcover book’s exquisite hand-painted illustrations accurately detail fauna and flora that are special in each of Australia’s states and territories.This enables an intricate ‘find and discover’ experience to captivate and educate readers as they follow Kokey Koala on his enduring quest to win ‘Gold’. Answers are provided at the back of the book to confirm the animals, insects and plants are correctly identified.Hundreds of Kokey’s friends can be found including a dunnart, platypus, phascogale, echidna, antechinus, cicada, pademelon and scores of colourful birds.“The book is fun and engaging for children and adults alike with heart-warming rhyming poems throughout,” said Trixie Whitmore’s daughter, Elizabeth Hamilton. “Trixie's love of the Australian bush inspired her to create this book to show off our unique Australian fauna and flora whilst highlighting a variety of Olympic sports including diving, swimming, relay, canoeing, sailing and gymnastics.“Along with the wonderful illustrations and my mother’s rhyming poems, the book contains the overall key message of, ‘Keep trying Kokey, be brave and bold, and soon you’ll win Olympic Gold’.”The poem for canoeing reads: The canoeing was another story, He thought at last he’d found glory.But up from the bottom rose a snake,He screamed, the canoe tipped into the lake.Each story scene is illustrated over a double page and incorporates hundreds of native animals, insects and plants.For example:In New South Wales (swimming event), readers are asked to find 24 friends including two Long-nosed Bandicoots, a Darter, two Brown Gerygones, two crayfish and an Eastern Water Dragon.In Queensland (diving event), readers need to look for 23 inclusions including a Diamond Python, three Northern Brown Bandicoots, a Golden Orb Spider, a Platypus, a Paradise Kingfisher and Golden Bowerbird, and the Cooktown Orchid, the floral emblem of Queensland.In Kosciuszko National Park (medal ceremony!), Kokey’s friends include an echidna, two Corroboree frogs, a Broad-toothed rat, Dusky Antechinus plus many more.The large format book, 305mm (H) x 245mm (W), is illustrated by Claire Yerbury and Marlene Nash and published by Ocean Reeve Publishing. “We hope to bring a bit of Trixie's soul back to life by republishing this book as a tribute to her courageous spirit, determination and infectious go-getter attitude. Twenty years on, we are excited to share ‘Kokey’ with a new generation of children for them to delight in the wonders of the Australian bush,” Elizabeth Hamilton added.Kokey Koala and the Bush Olympics is available from which includes a sneak peek of some of the pages. The RRP is $24.99 (hardcover) and $19.99 (softcover). It is also available from online bookstores in softcover only (reduced size of 280mm x 216mm) and the Kindle e-book is $5.99.The Aussie Ark Conservation Program is receiving five per cent of book sales (excluding reduced-size soft cover version and e-book). handmade, wooden 15-piece jigsaw puzzle, using the Tasmanian scene in the book with answer key on the back, been created by Platypus Puzzles with a RRP of $39.99 and is also available on the Kokey Koala website.endsNote: A book launch is taking place at Dymocks in Chatswood (Sydney) on 1 July at 6pm and you are invited. Register at: review by Pulitzer Prize winner, Geraldine Brooks AO"I love everything about this book, from the gorgeous, intricate drawings of our wildlife to the message of endurance, resilience and sportsmanship. The clever rhyming text suits beginning readers. But it is the fun of finding and identifying four hundred exquisitely drawn native animals and plants that will have parents and kids of every age reaching for it as a favourite bedtime book. Very few picture books are as ambitious as this one, travelling through all our states and territories, offering a primer on the Olympic Games and its diverse sports, and providing a visual feast along the way. I intend to give it to every child I know.Recent review by Assistant Principal East Lindfield Public School NSW (2012-2020), Julie Pitt“As an educator for over 30 years, I was delighted and enthusiastic to put to use the story of Kokey Koala and the Bush Olympics into my classroom program. I was honoured to be given a copy of the book by Trixie for this purpose and it has remained a key component of my classroom literacy resources since 1999. The story provided me with an engaging way of covering not only many aspects of my literacy program such as reading, writing, spelling, phonics etc, but also topics such as self-esteem, resilience and perseverance all pivotal to student wellbeing and a major component of the Department of Education’s PDHPE syllabus. I also was able to incorporate aspect of my science and geography program which allowed my students to really gain a deep knowledge and understanding from tasks set as they made meaningful connections between the text and the task at hand. In summary, the story is easily and effectively embedded into all Key Learning Areas of any primary classroom across all stages. The high standard of work produced by my students based on the text and the delight they had in exploring the book and all it has to offer them gave testimony to me of the high calibre of the collaboration between the author and illustrators and their outstanding end result.”AboutKokey Koala and the Bush Olympics by Trixie Whitmore was published in 1999 to coincide with the Sydney Olympics. A 20th anniversary edition has now been published by the author’s daughter Elizabeth Hamilton and grandchildren Lauren and Grace.Web: Instagram: kokeykoala FB: KokeyKoala.ChildrensBookIf you would like any high res images or would like to interview Elizabeth Hamilton, please contact me. World Environment Day, Saturday 5 June: Aussie chicken and plant-based alternatives: don’t believe the hype 2021-06-04T20:00:00Z world-environment-day-saturday-5-june-aussie-chicken-and-plant-based-alternatives-dont-believe-the-hype By Guest Blogger Dr Stephen Wiedemann, Managing Director and Principal Scientist at Integrity Ag and Environment Pty Ltd Veggie burgers aren’t new, but it’s only relatively recently that marketing of plant-based alternatives (PBAs) has shifted from targeting vegetarian consumers to targeting environmentally conscious meat eaters. Manufacturers of PBAs have not been shy in touting their products as disrupters and market leaders in terms of environmental impacts. The manufacturers of Quorn claim that it has a “70% lower carbon footprint than chicken”,[i] Sunfed chicken-free chicken is marketed as “healthier, both for you and the planet”,[ii] and choosing Beyond Meat over traditional meat products will reportedly “address four growing global issues: human health, climate change, constraints on natural resources and animal welfare.”[iii]But do the claims stack up when they are compared to Australian chicken meat? We investigated this and found lots of reasons to question the claims.Firstly, claims are often vague. If a product is compared to “meat” what meat is being referred to? While some manufacturers have directly compared to beef (i.e. Impossible Burger)[iv] we found no studies that compared to Australian chicken. There is a wide range of differences in the environmental impacts of the different meat types. In fact, chicken meat has a lower greenhouse gas impact than most other meats,[v] so any comparison needs to take this into account before making a claim. To be meaningful, comparisons must compare like with like; if they’re not, they’re potentially misleading.Secondly, the comparisons[vi] are done in overseas markets, where impacts from chicken are typically higher than for Australian chicken,[vii] and where the impacts from PBAs are potentially underestimated if the emissions generated while transporting these products to Australia from the country of manufacture hasn’t been taken into account. While transport isn’t necessarily a large contribution, it all adds up. Alternatively, if PBAs are produced in Australia, then the specifics of Australian manufacturing and greenhouse gas from Australian energy sources needs to be taken into account. These factors need to be considered to make a fair comparison for products on the Australian retail shelf.Lastly, for a typical portion size, the difference between chicken and a PBA is modest.[viii] Using information from the scientific literature,[ix] impacts from a pea-based product compared to Australian chicken meat were less than the emissions from driving a car about 1km. In the full gamut of available measures to reduce a person’s carbon footprint, there are many other factors far more significant than this issue. This year’s Australia Talks research found that 79% of people believe it’s becoming more difficult to know which sources of information to trust. Perhaps it’s time to challenge misinformation which could mislead consumers, unfairly disadvantages Australian farmers and which are a distraction to making real change in sustainability.To learn more about the environmental facts around chicken meat production in Australia, visit About the ACMFThe Australian Chicken Meat Federation (ACMF) is the peak body of Australia’s chicken meat industry, representing both growers and processors. Its members are the five State Chicken Meat Councils (NSW, VIC, QLD, SA and WA), the Australian Chicken Growers’ Council and the Australian Poultry Industries Association. Its blog 'Chook Chat' is aimed at providing an insight into the way the chicken industry does things and why – it is not intended to promote products, but to provide the facts. For more information about Australian Chicken Meat Federation, visit Selby-Jones, Communications Manager at The Australian Chicken Meat Federation (ACMF) is the main contact for all media inquiries.Annabel Selby-Jones, Phone 02 9929 4077, Mobile 0437 002 861, Email [i] Quorn. (2019). Sustainable Development Report 2019. Available at:[ii] SunFed. (2021). A new generation of meat. Available at:[iii] Beyond Meat. (2021). About. Available at:[iv] Khan, S., Dettling, J., Hester, J., & Moses, R. (2019). Comparative Environmental LCA of the Impossible Burger With Conventional Ground Beef Burger. Quantis, 1–64.[v] See de Vries & de Boer (2010) and Wiedemann (2018). De Vries, M. and de Boer, I.J.M. (2010). Comparing environmental impacts for livestock products: A review of life cycle assessments. Livestock Science, 18, 1-11. Wiedemann, S. G. (2018). Analysis of Resource Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Four Australian Meat Production Systems, with Investigation of Mitigation Opportunities and Trade-Offs (Issue November) [Charles Sturt University]. [vi] See: Hsu et al. (2018) for Quorn, Heller and Keoleian (2018) for Beyond Meat, and Khan et al. (2019) for the Impossible Burger. Hsu, K., Kazer, J., & Cumberlege, T. (2018). Quorn Footprint Comparison Report. Heller, M. C., & Keoleian, G. A. (2018). Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger Life Cycle Assessment: A Detailed Comparison between a Plant-Based and an Animal-Based Protein Source. [vii] Wiedemann, S., McGahan, E., & Murphy, C. M. (2017). Resource Use and Environmental Impacts from Australian Chicken Meat Production. Journal of Cleaner Production, 140, 675–684.[viii] This was determined by assuming a 0.1kg portion of Australian chicken meat and the nutritional equivalent of each PBA, and assuming an emissions intensity of ~5kg CO2-e/kg of chicken meat and between 2-5.5 kg CO2-e/kg PBA product. [ix] Davis, J., Sonesson, U., Baumgartner, D. U., & Nemecek, T. (2010). Environmental Impact of Four Meals with Different Protein Sources: Case Studies in Spain and Sweden. Food Research International, 43(7), 1874–1884. Purchasing pre-owned goods given the green light 2021-06-02T21:57:40Z purchasing-pre-owned-goods-given-the-green-light MELBOURNE, Victoria, June 3, 2021 - Warrp, Australia’s newest online marketplace, is encouraging Australians to buy pre-owned goods in an effort to curb the consumer goods industry’s environmental footprint. According to the 2020 Second Hand Economy Report, almost half of all Australians are becoming more concerned about the impact ‘buying new’ has on the planet, up from 39 percent in 2019. Australians live in a highly disposable society where single-use products dominate the consumer goods market, which is why buying second-hand is becoming part of the solution to sustainable consumerism. Warrp Co-Founder and CEO, Matthew Ng, said using online marketplaces to buy pre-owned items helped to reduce demand on consumer goods manufacturing and the size of the environmental footprint that came with it. “The resale market has incredible benefits for everyday Australians both financially and environmentally with bargain buys that don’t cost the earth,” said Mr Ng. “The environmental impact of producing goods is enormous. For example, it requires approximately 12,075 litres of water to produce just one smartphone, from the extraction of raw materials to when it’s packaged and ready to be sold. “Consumer goods traditionally have a linear lifecycle, from manufacture to disposal, but Warrp creates a circular lifecycle that means items are resold and re-loved, reducing waste, pollution and the burden on natural resources.” The Warrp marketplace is a one-stop-shop for thousands of pre-owned items that will make their way into the hands of Australians instead of wasting away in landfill. Electronics make up a sizable portion of resale-friendly goods, from televisions and laptops to headphones and smart devices, but Australians produce more than 465,000 tonnes of e-waste domestically according to the latest ABS figures. Fast fashion is another trending topic of environmental concern with 800,000 tonnes of clothing and textiles sent to landfill every year in Australia, with polyester clothing taking upwards of 200 years to break down. Warrp Co-Founder and CTO, Roman Granovskyi, said it was not just the products themselves, but the packaging that also contributed to waste production. “Buying second-hand goods lessens the environmental impact that packaging generates, which would ultimately end up in landfill affecting wildlife, ecosystems and natural habitats,” said Mr Granovskyi. “We need more people to adopt the mindset that they can save money and the environment by buying pre-owned goods.” Warrp is dedicated to the resale economy in an effort to reduce consumer waste and pollution, and build a more sustainable approach to consumerism. Visit the Warrp website or the Warrp Marketplace today. Warrp is available to download on iPhones via the Apple App Store, and will be available on all other smart phone and web devices at a later date. -ENDS- About Warrp: Warrp is a digitally innovative iOS marketplace app that takes the hassle out of peer-to-peer shopping online with a world-first dynamic marketplace, Trusted Partner program, Loyalty Rewards program, and Secure Escrow facility. Easily list products to sell or browse thousands of items to buy all from the Warrp app. As a proud Australian online start-up company, Warrp’s end-to-end experience is designed to change the way people buy and sell. Currently servicing Victorians but available to download nation-wide, Warrp’s vision is to grow its presence globally as an online marketplace built on strong community values, innovation, safety and ease of use. Discover a marketplace where you are in control of the journey and destination. Media Contact: Room: IMB Bank Community Foundation funding welcomes environmental causes 2021-06-02T18:53:57Z imb-bank-community-foundation-funding-welcomes-environmental-causes Images and vision available here In the lead up to World Environment Day (5 June), the IMB Bank Community Foundation is encouraging all green-minded groups to apply for grant funding to help shape the sustainable future of the country. Australians are more environmentally engaged than ever before, with 78% young people concerned or extremely concerned about climate change.[1] 67% believe that Australia is not doing enough to reduce carbon emissions.[2] IMB Bank Community Foundation grant funding is open for projects with ambitious goals of tackling climate change, through to localised causes that address waste management, land regeneration and sustainable practices. “This year, we are again calling for those people, not-for-profit groups and communities that are taking action and making a real difference in their neighbourhoods and networks to come forward and apply for IMB Bank Community Foundation funding,” says Robert Ryan, IMB Bank CEO. Since 1999, the IMB Bank Community Foundation has supported a variety of environmentally focussed initiatives. Funding has helped local communities rebuild after natural disasters. Solar energy programs, community gardens and environmentally focussed youth programs have also benefited from funding. Environmental projects funded by IMB Bank Community Foundation include: ●       OzGreen’s YOUth LEADing the World - A transformative sustainability leadership program run in the Illawarra and Canberra that enables young people to actively participate in creating fairer, more sustainable futures. ●       Clean Energy for Eternity – Solar power for communities in South East NSW. ●       Revesby South Public School – Sustainable vegetable garden with chicken coop, worm farm and beehives for children in south-west Sydney. ●       Nowra East Public School - Development of a permanent Learning Seating Circle for students and community members in NSW’s Shoalhaven region. ●       Our Community Project Incorporated – Funding to create 4,000 square metres of an urban farm in Wollongong NSW as a new area for food growing.  ●       SAGE - Providing free vegetable beds to those affected by the bushfires in South East NSW. ●       Southern Highlands Botanical Garden - Supporting the propagation and protection of endemic and rare plant species to develop the gardens. ●       Tuggeranong Uniting Church – Supporting garden activities at the Erindale Neighbourhood Garden in the ACT. ●       Tuross Community Garden Inc. - Education and installation of a new roof-on-the-ground water system for the Tuross Community Garden in South Coast NSW. ●       Vinnies Bushfire Relief Fund - Rebuilding areas around NSW’s South Coast impacted by bushfires. The IMB Bank Community Foundation supports people and communities in IMB’s key markets - Sydney, the Illawarra, Hunter, South Coast, Southern Highlands, the ACT and Melbourne. It is focused on building strong, resilient and forward-focused communities - which is at the heart of IMB Bank’s core philosophy. IMB Bank Community Foundation 2021 funding applications close on 30 June 2021. Community groups should visit to apply. ENDS For more information, or to arrange an interview, contact Blue Planet Public Relations: Maria Crema – or +61 402 239 929 Sophie Blue - or +61 416 006 821 About the IMB Bank Community Foundation The IMB Bank Community Foundation was established in 1999 to support the communities that IMB Bank calls home. Since inception, the Foundation has supported more than 750 community projects with over $10m in donated funding. The Foundation is proud to support projects which strengthen local communities through the transfer of skills and knowledge, encouraging and supporting volunteer input, and building sustainable community assets. [1] [2] What's Your Number? 2021-06-02T05:45:46Z what-s-your-number ·         Reflect on your lifestyle ·         Reduce your footprint ·         Restore Australia’s native landscape Everything you do in life has an impact. From how you commute to work, to what you buy at the grocery store. Your lifestyle choices contribute to your carbon footprint. Did you know that Australian’s have one of the highest personal carbon footprints in the world? The good news is, together we can change that. Carbon Positive Australia is proud to announce the launch of their new Household Carbon Calculator. With support from Lotterywest and Anthologie, a Western Australian creative agency, they have created a FREE step-by-step online calculator that will help you understand your personal carbon footprint and provides facts, tips, and practical steps to reduce and offset your emissions. Based on Australian emissions factors, Carbon Positive Australia’s user-friendly version of Australia’s first and original carbon calculator provides a transparent and accurate calculation that you can track over time. It will empower you to make positive changes to reduce your carbon footprint and combat climate change.How does it work? Your carbon footprint is calculated retrospectively based on your lifestyle and resource consumption for a specific period. You can calculate your footprint for the past month, 3 months, or year. You'll be asked to choose which categories you would like to include in your calculation: Travel (long-distance travel including road, air, rail & ocean) Energy (electricity and other utilities) Water (state water supply) Transport (local travel via vehicles and public transport) Food and Drink (household grocery and dining) By category or diet type (omnivore, pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan) Waste (general waste disposal) The calculator includes tooltips designed to guide you through your calculation. It's also full of "Did You Know?" facts about carbon emissions to put your footprint (and Australia's!) into perspective. What do you need? 5 to 10 minutes, and a desktop or mobile device with internet connection. For the most accurate calculation, we recommend using your personal source data (e.g. electricity consumption, water usage); don't worry, the calculator includes tooltips that will help you find these figures. That said, you should be able to answer most of the calculator questions without needing to access external documents. You can also choose to autofill specific fields with the Australian or state average for a faster calculation. What can you do next? Offset your footprint by donating to Carbon Positive Australia's range of native restoration projects. For more than 20 year’s their projects have restored degraded land across Australia and captured carbon. This means when you offset your footprint with Carbon Positive Australia, you are restoring native landscape and fighting climate change. We are facing a climate emergency, so it’s critical we take steps to tread more lightly and restore our precious planet. Together, we can build a carbon positive future. For more information, access to images or interviews contact: Lauren Purcell – 0420 539 289   MORE ABOUT CARBON POSITIVE AUSTRALIA Your Footprint. Australia’s Trees. Our Future   Carbon Positive Australia was formed in 2001 as Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund. It is a not for profit whose mission is to restore degraded land with ecologically sensitive projects that sequester carbon.   Carbon Positive Australia wants to inspire everyone to understand their carbon footprint, to encourage everyone to plant more trees here in Australia, and to ensure a sustainable future for all by regenerating our land.   You can find out more about Carbon Positive Australia and their work here;  Carbon Positive Australia   Delta opens new Sydney office with grand ceremony 2021-05-21T03:46:44Z delta-opens-new-sydney-office-with-grand-ceremony Following the milestone merger of Eltek Australia and Delta Electronics (Australia) on 1 April, Delta Electronics (Australia) yesterday officially opened its new Australia/Pacific headquarters in Sydney.Delta Electronics is the world’s largest power supply manufacturer with core expertise in a vast array of power electronics designs with extensive global manufacturing and operations. Eltek is a global leader in power systems with more than 40 years’ experience and has been a Delta Group brand since 2015. Federal Member for North Sydney, the Hon. Trent Zimmerman and David Leal, Australia Country Manager for Delta, officially inaugurated the new Delta head office with a ribbon cutting ceremony.With the new office conveniently located at St Leonard's Corporate Park, Delta welcomed scores of key partners, clients, industry representatives and other distinguished guest who were able to explore Delta’s latest innovations at its Experience Centre, which includes Delta, Eltek and Vivotek branded products.Guests were invited to Q&A sessions with the heads of Delta’s renewable energy, industrial automation, mission critical infrastructure and electric vehicle charging businesses. Speaking at the official opening Trent Zimmerman said, “This is a business which really utilises a lot of the skills we really want to see in the future economy … in energy infrastructure, which is a particular passion of mine and is the backbone of what we need to support the energy transition in this country. “As we head towards a low emissions future, the charging networks you are helping with, the low emissions technology, the renewable technology that you will support are not only going to be crucial to Australia’s environmental responsibility but to Australia’s future environmental success as well. So everything you do here is in a way going to play a significant part in that journey.“I look forward to … seeing you grow and prosper and … love your slogan of Smarter, Greener Together!”David Leal said, “The expected growth in the Australian and New Zealand markets over the coming years is considerable and Delta is excited to be well positioned to contribute to this growth and in the process, support a greener tomorrow.”The new unified Delta Electronics (Australia) leverages global innovation and local expertise to enable a greener and smarter future for customers and communities across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.endsAbout Delta Electronics (Australia) Pty Ltd As a Delta Group company, Delta Electronics (Australia) is committed to its mission statement, “To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow”. Delta Group is a global producer of power and thermal management products and solutions, which is supported by sales offices worldwide and by R&D centres and manufacturing facilities in Taiwan, USA, Europe, Thailand, Japan, China, Singapore, India, Mexico and Brazil.Delta's business categories include Power Electronics, Automation, and Infrastructure. In Australia, Delta is rapidly expanding into solutions for Renewable Energy Solutions (Solar Inverters), Industrial Automation, Power Quality, LED Lighting, Display and Control Room, Mission Critical Infrastructure, Electric Vehicle Charging and Energy Storage.In 2021, Delta Electronics (Australia) merged with Eltek Australia to better support customer needs through expanding the suite of products and services and providing greater flexibility to design. Eltek, is a strategic technology partner for power solutions. It is one of the leaders in telecom power and a growing force within industrial applications. To find out more about Delta please visit: learn more about Eltek please visit: enquiries:Issued on behalf of Delta Electronics (Australia) by WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Karin Siruckova, Marketing & Communications Specialist. Email: Karin.Siruckova@deltaww.comCaption:David Leal, Australia Country Manager for Delta Electronics (Australia) and the Federal Member for North Sydney, the Hon. Trent Zimmerman who both officially inaugurated the new Delta head office with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Abuzz With Excitement for World Bee Day, 20 May 2021-05-19T01:09:37Z abuzz-with-excitement-for-world-bee-day-20-may Adored for their honey, the humble bee is a true behind-the-scenes hero of global food production doing much of the heavy lifting in pollinating the plants that produce 90% of the world’s food. Critical in preserving biodiversity and ecological balance in nature, the miniature winged superheroes are rightly honoured around the world on 20 May, the birth date of Anton Janša, a pioneer in modern beekeeping. Naturally Northern Rivers Australia Co-Founder and Director, Lilly Choi-Lee, said World Bee Day offers a wonderful opportunity to celebrate passionate apiarists like those at Australia’s Manuka. “We have partnered with Australia's Manuka in curating exceptional natural and healthy products for our customers Australia wide and internationally,” said Choi-Lee who has been using bioactive honey, produced from Leptospermum plants, for decades since it first helped in her recovery from Leukemia 20 years ago this year. “I had painful mouth ulcers following my transplant and bioactive honey was the only thing that brought me any relief.” “The honey is carefully harvested, then independently and scientifically tested for its potency. “It can take up to 24 months of careful monitoring and regular laboratory testing as the honey matures – like fine wine – before we share this with our online community.” Australia's Manuka, Managing Director, Michael Howes said the Northern Rivers is home to some of the most potent Leptospermum plant varieties in the world, and that working alongside Naturally Northern Rivers Australia to promote the region’s clean green food bowl is another positive step forward in highlighting what we have in this unique part of the world. “There are 12 varieties present in our region and they’re the strongest ones in Australia and the world. We tap into three or four of pretty well the strongest that you’ll find,” said Mr Howes whose business produces bioactive medical grade honey from the Leptospermum plants. Mr Howes said bees in Australia’s Manuka hives are managed naturally by organic standards without the use of sugar feeding, veterinary pharmaceuticals or chemicals, and that the active honey they produce from Leptospermum plants offers not just anti-bacterial properties but wound healing. “I really like Naturally Northern Rivers Australia’s careful selection of ethical and sustainable businesses in promoting the food bowl in the Northern Rivers region.” Naturally Northern Rivers Australia Co-Founder and Director, Lilly Choi-Lee, said she and her husband have partnered with passionate artisans, farmers, creators and lovers of the region who are advocates of sustainable and ethical practices, giving back to the environment and their local communities. “Our core values have been the beacon that has guided us from the beginning in, and provenance was key,” said Choi-Lee, who after months of hard work is delighted with the response to the launch of their new business “We’ve hand-selected products ranging from food to skin care, all Australian owned and grown and produced in the Northern Rivers, NSW.” “What we have here is so good, it is worth sharing and we know it will resonate with others who seek a lifestyle based on sustainability, collaboration and inclusivity.” Choi-Lee said the collection will expand as they continue to explore and connect with more amazing producers throughout the region. Along with some of the world’s most spectacular coastlines, the Northern Rivers’ rolling green hinterlands, fertile soils and sub-tropical climate produces an abundance of premium products, underpinned by a respectful environmental philosophy and growing reputation as a hub for premium organics. ENDS MEDIA NOTE: For more information, images, or to interview Naturally Northern Rivers Australia Co-Founders & Directors, Lilly Choi-Lee & Trevor Lee, please contact Kylie Perrett, Public Relations Consultant, on 0412 556 432 or NATURALLY NORTHERN RIVERS AUSTRALIA: Founded in 2020, Naturally Northern Rivers Australia is an Australian, family-owned business based on the Tweed Coast, in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, Australia. The online store features a carefully selected collection of natural, healthy and organic products uniquely grown and produced in the Northern Rivers. To learn more about where the products come from, how they are made, and the stories behind them, visit AAA City Removalist Recently Moved Karl Stefanovic & His Family into Their New Home in Sydney 2021-05-14T05:22:32Z aaa-city-removalist-recently-moved-karl-stefanovic-amp-his-family-into-their-new-home-in-sydney AAA City Removalist was hired by Karl Stefanovic, Australia’s favourite television personality. The TV presenter and his wife Jasmine have engaged the services of AAA City Removalist for the second time in 12 months, this time moving into their own property. We were humbled and honoured to have been the removalist company chosen to safely pack and transport their precious belongings.  Karl Stefanovic is one of the most popular television presenters and journalists in Australia. As a co-host of Nine Network's breakfast program Today, Karl has entertained, informed and engaged with us on a daily basis with interesting news stories from Australia and around the world. Having won the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality and the Silver Logie for Most Popular Presenter in the past, he’s become something of a global sensation over the years. It’s not an exaggeration to say that people from all over the world love this man’s quintessential Aussie humour. The millions of views on YouTube for his clips from the Today show are proof enough of that.   The AAA Difference So, what did AAA do differently when hired to move a celebrity like Karl Stefanovic? Nothing at all! As one of the Best Removalists in Sydney, we always bring our AAA-game, whether our client is a celebrity or not. Our goal is to provide the same level of care to all our clients without exception. We go the extra mile for all our customers, providing them with an unparalleled experience in moving homes, units and offices. After all, with each job we take on we put our reputation on the line. This means we need to work hard to ensure the customer gets to experience the AAA difference for their move, making it a memorable experience for them.  Our Expertise Enhances Your Moving Experience  Karl is not the first celebrity we’ve moved and will definitely not be our last. So, what’s the secret to our success? It’s simple, really. People see the value in hiring an Experienced Removalist like us. After all, you can’t get an average rating of 4.6 stars on Google reviews, Product Review, Facebook and Trust Pilot unless you consistently deliver quality and live up to your customers’ expectations. We understand that it’s not easy for you to trust someone else to handle your valuables with care. We want your experience with us to be positive in every sense of the word. Since 2005, we’ve perfected the art of moving, having carried out thousands of residential, commercial, interstate and country relocations.  We Take the Stress Out of Your Move Just the thought of packing up their entire lives and moving to a new home is enough to stress out most people. Moving has long been touted to be one of the most stressful events of one’s life, and with good reason. It can be overwhelming to figure out how to pack everything you own into boxes and move it all without incident into your new home. At AAA City Removalist, we wanted to take moving from being a stressful event to an exciting event for you. Thanks to our team of efficient staff, fleet of well-maintained trucks and services such as free moving boxes, free utilities changeover, transit and public liability insurance and more, we’ve successfully made relocation a pleasant affair.  Are You Planning to Move?  Say ‘No’ to stress and ‘Yes’ to a smooth and hassle-free move. Contact AAA City Removalist today for a free quote for your relocation. Call us on 02 97371111 CWA of NSW welcomes government support for mice plague but warns crisis far from over 2021-05-13T04:14:15Z cwa-of-nsw-welcomes-government-support-for-mice-plague-but-warns-crisis-far-from-over Hi , The Country Women's Association (CWA) of NSW has welcomed the acknowledgement by the NSW Government of the mice plague in western NSW with a $50 million support package for affected farmers and communities. “We were hopeful after our meeting with the Agriculture Minister on Monday that they would respond to our calls, and those of the NSW Farmers’ Association, for urgent action on this crisis, and the measures they have announced today do address some of the issues around the high costs to farmers in trying to control the mice in and around their properties, and to small businesses and households in affected towns,” said CWA of NSW CEO Danica Leys. She said the financial and health implications for rural and regional communities was enormous and they were now hopeful the Government would continue to monitor the crisis and introduce further measures as the need arose, with the association and NSW Farmers continuing their advocacy on behalf of these communities. A media release on the issue is attached and below, along with an image of Danica Leys. For further information or interview requests, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ MEDIA RELEASE CWA of NSW welcomes government support for mice plague but warns crisis far from over As the devastating mice plague continues to ravage large areas of western NSW, the Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW has welcomed the assistance package announced by the NSW Government this morning. The NSW Government has announced a $50 million support package, which includes free of charge grain treatment for farmers and rebates for small businesses and households. CWA of NSW CEO Danica Leys said it was good news for affected farmers and communities, who have been dealing with the financial and health impacts of the catastrophe for more than six months, and hoped the NSW Government would continue to monitor what was an evolving situation. “We were hopeful after our meeting with the Agriculture Minister on Monday that they would respond to our calls, and those of the NSW Farmers’ Association, for urgent action on this crisis, and the measures they have announced today do address some of the issues around the high costs to farmers in trying to control the mice in and around their properties, and to small businesses and households in affected towns,” she said. “After enduring drought, fires and COVID-19, these areas now have a plague to contend with and they’ve been doing it on their own for months. Along with crop, fodder and machinery losses, town businesses have had suffered stock losses and damage, and then they have to deal with the mice invading their homes and impacting their health, both physical and mental. “This assistance package will provide some relief, and lets these communities know that the NSW Government have acknowledged their plight. We are now hopeful the Government will continue to monitor the crisis and be able to act with further measures as the need arises, and our association and NSW Farmers will continue our advocacy on behalf of these communities for as long as it takes.” NSW Farmers’ Association President James Jackson said the acknowledgement by the NSW Government of the enormous impact of the plague on rural and regional NSW communities was welcome, with costs of baiting running into the millions of dollars. “A recent survey we did on this issue emphasised just how much stress this has been placing on farmers and other small businesses as they try to control the mice and the damage they’re doing, so the assistance announced by the NSW Government today is welcome,” he said. “We look forward to further discussions with the Agriculture Minister on these measures and how they’re going to be implemented, but a timely and efficient rollout is essential, especially with winter planting now underway.” Ag Institute Australia announces award recipients 2021-05-11T07:35:56Z ag-institute-australia-announces-award-recipients The AIA Medal of Agriculture recognises outstanding contributions that have advanced agriculture and natural resource management. Medal of Agriculture – Ian Godwin Professor Ian Godwin has over 30 years' experience in plant biotechnology research. Professor Godwin has worked closely with UQ in promoting membership with AIA for students and through his involvement in the Bell and Bryan Medal. He leads research in the use of biotechnological tools for crop improvement with emphasis on sustainable production of grain crops. He has pioneered the use of GM and gene edited techniques. Medal of Agriculture – Ram Dalal Prof Ram is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at The University of Queensland. Professor Dalal has made an outstanding contribution to science, and to farming. He has helped to foster an awareness of the serious, insidious nature of land degradation and carbon loss through basic and applied soil research. He has been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 1998 for his contributions.   Fellows are pre-eminent members of the AIA. The Fellowship recognises AIA members who have served the Ag Institute and the profession. Fellow - Andrew Bishop Andrew was a Past President of the Ag Institute Australia and was heavily involved in developing and implementing our Accreditation program. Andrew Bishop has over 30 years’ experience working in agriculture (in particular, Plant Biosecurity) in the government sector in Tasmania and Victoria.   Fellow – Prof Daniel Tan Professor Daniel Tan of NSW. Daniel is an Associate Professor of Agronomy at the University of Sydney.  He has been an AIA member since 1991 and he has been an Ag board member since 2015 and headed numerous committees. Daniel is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture and Frontiers of Plant Science. And he presents papers internationally. Fellow - Shaun Coffey Shaun has been a long-term member of the Ag Institute and been the editor the Agricultural Science Journal. Shaun is an internationally recognised agricultural scientist and has had a long involvement with complex management systems, and with research and development. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2004 and a Companion of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand in 2008. He is also a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.   The Life membership award recognises long serving AIA members who have made an outstanding contribution to the Institute and the profession. These are given to members with 50 or more years of membership, or to retiring AIA Fellows who have provided substantial service to AIA and the agricultural industry. AIA Life membership – David Lloyd David Lloyd of QLD is an Order of Australia Medal recipient in 2001 as well as a Fellow of the Ag Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Tropical Grassland Society of Australia.  David has been a continuous member of the Ag Institute since 1964 and he continues to serve in various committees. AIA Life membership – Ted Hayes Ted has been a longstanding Victorian member and was given the Order of Australia Medal for services to agricultural science and the community. Ted was the Ag Institute VIC Division Secretary from 1995 -2001 and a Fellow of the Ag Institute of Australia since 2002. AIA Life membership - Neil Inall Neil has served the Ag Institute and the agricultural community for many years.  Neil is a Fellow of the Ag Institute of Australia since 1992. Neil has had a long career in producing radio and television programs and he has continued to voluntarily serve the community on various Boards and committees.  *****************************************************************************************************************   The Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology, known as Ag Institute Australia, is the peak industry body for agricultural and natural resource management professionals. Ag Institute Australia is committed to advancing the profession, and the application of science and technology, for the sustainable development of agriculture and natural resource management in Australia. Ag Institute Australia members are engaged in a wide range of activities including research, education, government, agribusiness and private consulting. CWA of NSW supports call to end ‘zombie’ mining licences 2021-05-07T00:00:25Z cwa-of-nsw-supports-call-to-end-zombie-mining-licences Hi , The Country Women's Association (CWA) of NSW is supporting a legislative push to extinguish ‘zombie’ Petroleum Exploration Licences (PELS) covering valuable NSW, agreeing it’s time to end the uncertainty for affected communities. It comes as the NSW Upper House prepares to consider legislation introduced by Independent NSW MLC Justin Field to extinguish 'zombie' or expired PELs, in response to concerns of a return to widespread Coal Seam Gas exploration in the NSW North West region. “Communities in these affected areas have lived with the uncertainty of what these PELs will mean for their futures for too long, and it’s time for confidence to be restored for the people who call these regions home and who rely on the land for their livelihoods," said Stephanie Stanhope, President of the CWA of NSW. The importance of protecting valuable agricultural, water and environmental assets was also discussed at this week's CWA of NSW state conference in Bega. Attached and below is a media release on the issue and for further information or media inquiries, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MEDIA RELEASE CWA of NSW supports call to end ‘zombie’ mining licences The call to extinguish ‘zombie’ Petroleum Exploration Licences (PELS) covering valuable agricultural land has the full support of the Country Women’s Association of NSW, which says it’s time to end the uncertainty for affected communities. It comes as the NSW Upper House prepares to consider legislation introduced by Independent NSW MLC Justin Field to extinguish 'zombie' or expired PELs, in response to concerns of a return to widespread Coal Seam Gas exploration in the NSW North West region. CWA of NSW President Stephanie Stanhope said the association recognised the importance of mining and gas projects to the state’s economy and energy needs, but they needed to proceed in locations that didn’t unduly impact NSW communities and other industries, like agriculture. “In the case of the 11 PELs in question, we believe they aren’t in appropriate areas and now these licences have expired, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be extinguished,” Stephanie said. “Communities in these affected areas have lived with the uncertainty of what these PELs will mean for their futures for too long, and it’s time for confidence to be restored for the people who call these regions home and who rely on the land for their livelihoods. “It’s also time to secure the future of the valuable agricultural land covered by these expired PELs, as well as the irreplaceable water and environmental resources in these areas. They’re too valuable to be compromised by poor planning and questionable decision-making.” Stephanie said as well as the extinguishment of the expired PELs, there also needed to be a whole new process for considering and approving future mining exploration licences. “Just this week, members at our annual state conference endorsed a motion calling for the cessation of licences for ‘$2 companies’ that don’t have the financial capacity to undertake mineral exploration. This current process is failing communities and landholders, with a lack of regulatory oversight and the potential to inflict enormous emotional and financial stress on landholders,” she said. “It’s just another example of the urgent need to overhaul the entire process and replace it with one in which rural and regional communities can have trust and confidence. We’d like to see a bi-partisan approach to this review process as well, ensuring the protection of our agriculture industry now and into the future. “We only get one chance at this, because once our fragile and precious farming land, water resources and significant environmental assets are damaged, or even destroyed, there’s no coming back.” Medicinal cannabis for PBS, review of organ donation policies and greater protections for farmers endorsed by CWA of NSW 2021-05-06T01:07:16Z medicinal-cannabis-for-pbs-review-of-organ-donation-policies-and-greater-protections-for-farmers-endorsed-by-cwa-of-nsw Hi , The CWA of NSW 2021 state conference in Bega concludes this afternoon with members spending a busy week determining the future policy direction of the association, renewing friendships and enjoying all that the south coast of NSW has to offer. Attached is an update on the conference motions and the business discussed, along with an image of conference attendees at the historic Bega Showground. For further information or interview inquiries, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MEDIA RELEASE Medicinal cannabis for PBS, review of organ donation policies and greater protections for farmers endorsed by CWA of NSW The Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW is calling for prescribed medicinal cannabis to be added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and is advocating for greater protection for agricultural land through more consideration around the location of solar farms and the abolition of mining exploration licences to ‘$2 companies’. The issues are among dozens of motions being discussed and debated at this year’s CWA of NSW state conference in Bega this week, with successful motions to spearhead the association’s advocacy efforts over the next 12 months. Mental health service failures, immediate improvements to the aged care sector and ways to boost organ donation rates were also on the agenda. Successful motions include: That the CWA of NSW be to take active steps to increase the information available to all members, branches and groups to enable them to seek and promote opportunities for increased and meaningful understanding of, and engagement with, First Nations communities across the state (Keiraville branch) A call for immediate action with regard to the failure of aged care service delivery in NSW (Jerilderie branch) Advocacy around a review of organ and tissue donation policies with consideration of a soft opt-out policy in preference to an opt-in policy to assist in increasing the rate of organ and tissue donations (Pambula-Merimbula branch) Lobbying the NSW Government to provide sufficient face-to-face acute psychiatric services to all local health areas, especially those in rural and remote locations (Hillston branch); calling for a single co-ordinated mental health service information and referral resource in towns as part of the overall measures for suicide prevention (Kiama branch); and an urgency motion on lobbying the state and federal governments to provide additional funding, opportunities and incentives to enable training of more psychiatrists to provide acute face-to-face services in all local health areas (Urgency motion) Advocacy for a ‘just transition’ from coal and gas to low carbon-intensive industries to minimise employment impacts (Tambar Springs branch) Opposing the construction of large-scale solar plants on prime agricultural land to protect food and fibre productivity (Jindera branch) Lobbying the NSW Government to cease assessing $2 companies as able to satisfy the ‘financial capacity to undertake mineral exploration’ in NSW under the Mining Act 1992 (White Cliffs branch) Advocacy for the placement of prescribed cannabis medication on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (Cobargo branch) “There’s always a lot of different issues covered by the motions that come from our branches, and this year is no different,” said CWA of NSW President Stephanie Stanhope. “This diversity in our membership and the concerns of their communities ensure our association’s advocacy efforts reflect a broad cross-section of the NSW population and our policy platform is inclusive of a range of issues. “Improvements to health service delivery in rural and regional NSW communities have remained a strong focus this year, particularly around mental health support and suicide prevention measures. And our members have taken further steps this year in advocating for sensible government regulation around mining exploration on our prime agricultural land and approvals for the location of renewable energy projects. “Energy generation is of the highest importance to our state and communities, but whether it’s fossil fuel-generated or produced by renewable technologies, the regulation around it must be well-considered and sustainable for all,” Stephanie said. There was also unanimous support for the donation of $20,000 to the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and $10,000 to ACWW South Pacific to fund training initiatives in the region. Members also voted for ovarian cancer to be the focus of the CWA of NSW’s Health Research Fund Annual Project for 2021/22. 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Winner of the 2017 Westpac Business of Tomorrow award, CircleSource won investment funding at the height of the COVID lockdown and launched in October contactPing 570 789 CWA of NSW members Bega-bound for week of debate around future policy direction 2021-04-26T22:16:00Z cwa-of-nsw-members-bega-bound-for-week-of-debate-around-future-policy-direction Hi , The south coast community of Bega will host hundreds of Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW members next week, as the town hosts the 2021 CWA of NSW State Conference.e motions from After the forced postponement of last year’s conference, anticipation is high for this year’s event, with a broad range of issues up for discussion and debate, from voluntary assisted dying and climate change, to large-scale solar plants and medicinal cannabis. “The range of motions, across so many different areas, reflects the diversity of our membership and the issues of concern to their communities. The CWA of NSW takes its advocacy role very seriously and once motions are formally endorsed by the membership, they will become part of our lobbying platform for the next 12 months,” said Stephanie Stanhope, President of the CWA of NSW. Attached and below is a media release on the 2021 conference, and an image from the 2019 conference is also attached. Please don't hesitate to give me a call for additional information or interview requests. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CAPTION: The 2019 CWA of NSW State Conference in Albury attracted almost 800 delegates and observers from around the state, and while numbers have been scaled back this year due to ongoing COVID-19 considerations, the Bega event is just as highly anticipated as previous years. MEDIA RELEASE CWA of NSW members Bega-bound for week of debate around future policy direction Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW members from around the state will come together in Bega next month for the organisation’s annual conference, to discuss and debate motions from voluntary assisted dying to climate change and large-scale solar plants. After the forced postponement of last year’s conference, anticipation is high for this year’s event, to be held at the Bega Showground from May 3-6, but with reduced numbers that recognise the ongoing COVID-19 challenges. Those who won’t be able to attend though will - for the first time -have the chance to view the conference via a livestream link. Four hundred members and observers will be in Bega for the conference, to debate and discuss the organisation’s policy platform through a list of 26 motions proposed by branches throughout the state that encompass education, health, the environment, transport and telecommunications. Motions this year include: The declaration of a climate emergency in recognition of the need for urgent action on climate change (Bangalow branch) Advocate for a just transition from coal and gas, which are in terminal decline, to low carbon-intensive industries (Tambar Springs branch) Call for immediate action with regard to the failure of age care service delivery in NSW (Jerilderie branch) Advocate for a review of organ and tissue donation policies with consideration of an opt-out policy in preference to an opt-in policy (Pambula-Merimbula branch) Support for Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation in NSW and the ACT (Bowral branch) Advocate for the placement of prescribed cannabis medication on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (Cobargo branch) Call for a single co-ordinated mental health service information and referral resource in towns as part of the overall measures for suicide prevention in communities (Kiama branch) Opposition to large-scale solar plants on prime agricultural land to protect food and fibre productivity (Jindera branch) To actively support and accept the ‘Uluru Statement From The Heart’ (Keiraville Branch) “The range of motions, across so many different areas, reflects the diversity of our membership and the issues of concern to their communities. The CWA of NSW takes its advocacy role very seriously and once motions are formally endorsed by the membership, they will become part of our lobbying platform for the next 12 months,” said Stephanie Stanhope, President of the CWA of NSW. “There are some interesting motions this year that will no doubt inspire some robust debate, but that is one of the strengths of our association: all points of view are welcome and can be discussed openly and honestly. “There are a number of motions around climate change, which the CWA of NSW already has policy on, with the motions this year seeking to broaden the scope of our advocacy efforts, while the call for support for Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation in NSW and the ACT is likely to encourage some impassioned discussion. It will certainly be interesting to see how the vote goes on a number of this year’s submissions.” The conference will be officially opened on May 3 – via a recorded message – by the Patron of the CWA of NSW and Governor of NSW, Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC. This year’s keynote address will be presented by prominent author and speaker Lucy Bloom, former CEO of children’s charity Sunrise Cambodia and the former CEO of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia. The program commences with a church service on Sunday afternoon (May 2), with the official opening from 9.30am on the Monday at the Bega Showgrounds. The remainder of the program comprises business sessions, workshops, meetings and award ceremonies. The CWA is the largest women’s organisation in Australia, with more than 400 branches and almost 8000 members, and next year celebrates the centenary of its formation in 1922, with the aim of improving the living conditions and welfare of women and families in rural and regional NSW. Calls for action on Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment Mechanism projects 2021-04-19T22:07:00Z calls-for-action-on-sustainable-diversion-limit-adjustment-mechanism-projects In the interests of protecting our communities, Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative Limited, Murray Irrigation Limited, and Murrumbidgee Irrigation Limited have come together to push for action on the implementation of the approved NSW Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment Mechanism (SDLAM) projects in the wake of the NSW Government suspending consultation on a key project. The SDLAM projects were created as a part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan to protect communities and agricultural production while still delivering outcomes for the environment. Under legislation, at least 605GL can be saved via the projects and if they fail to deliver the required savings the onus will likely fall back to communities to offer up more productive water. Yet landholder negotiations at the Menindee Lakes project, which is one of the most important parts in delivering water savings, have recently been suspended. If it is not completed by 2024 it will represent a failure to save an estimated 106GL of the 605GL that is possible. The projects are integrated, so a failure to implement any one of them, regardless of location, represents a risk to the whole mechanism. The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is required to conduct a reconciliation in 2024 to measure outcomes and any shortfall identified then will reduce the amount of water that can be used for production (the sustainable diversion limit) in the NSW Murry and Murrumbidgee valleys. Whilst 2024 may seem like a long time away, these projects have very long lead times. Yet at the end of 2020 none were complete and only one of the SDLAM projects was even on track to meet the target. Should the current approved SDLAM projects not proceed, or alternatives be agreed and implemented, communities and irrigators remain at risk of further water recovery through the Basin Plan. Clearly, this water is most likely to come from the irrigators in our districts, which is completely unacceptable to our customers and our communities who are reliant on irrigation. We cannot afford to be left with this uncertainty so we are calling on the NSW Government to immediately outline a clear pathway to show how they propose to protect irrigation communities from a further reduction in water availability.  We understand that some local communities have reservations with the current projects and it is the role of government to address these concerns or find viable alternatives. Our organisations are committed to continuing to work with government to find and implement solutions that can be broadly accepted.  We need to protect the thousands of irrigators in our valleys and our communities that are dependent on irrigation. Our grave concerns are backed by the MDBA which recently stated that it is “increasingly unlikely that the SDL adjustment program will be fully delivered by June 2024, putting the overall SDL adjustment at risk”. We are urging irrigators, and all those with an interest in healthy communities in our valleys, to engage with the NSW Government to ensure that they work with communities and implement all approved SDL projects, or identify and implement viable alternatives, without delay. Our organisations view this issue as being extremely serious, representing a real risk to the future of our customers.  If we do nothing, our irrigators, regional economies, towns and communities will be left to carry the burden in 2024 when the MBDA reconciles progress.  And we can’t afford that.   Quotes for attribution: Clifford Ashby, CEO, Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative Limited “The impact of a further reduction in irrigation water in the Murrumbidgee and NSW Murray valleys would decimate communities and economies reliant upon irrigated agriculture. It would also have a wider impact since the Basin supports 9,200 irrigated agriculture businesses producing $22 billion worth of food and fibre annually.”   Phil Endley, CEO, Murray Irrigation Limited “Our organisations remain committed to continuing to work with government to find and implement solutions that can be broadly accepted to protect the thousands of irrigators in our valleys and our communities that are dependent on irrigation.” Brett Jones, CEO, Murrumbidgee Irrigation Limited “Should the current approved SDLAM projects not proceed, or alternatives be agreed and implemented, communities and irrigators remain at risk of further water recovery by the Commonwealth. Clearly, this water is most likely to come from the irrigators in our districts, which is completely unacceptable to our customers and our communities who are reliant on irrigation.”