Productivity Commission inquiry into regulation of the Australian marine fisheries and aquaculture sectors
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston
Treasurer, Scott Morrison
After a cracker of a season across many Commonwealth managed fisheries this year, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, is encouraging Australians to add sustainable, local seafood to your Christmas menu this year.
Australian fisheries and aquaculture production has risen four per cent to $2.5 billion in the past year—riding on the back of a boom in rock lobster production value and price, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) report.
The Australian Government has announced up to $4.6 million in new funding over four years to match voluntary financial contributions that industry makes to Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) for eligible research and development.
Clear communication required to drive seafood directions
The Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee today backed the Australian Government’s move to cap buybacks from irrigators in the Murray-Darling Basin at 1500 GL/year.
Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston, who chaired the inquiry into the Water Amendment Bill 2015, said the legislation provided much-needed certainty to river communities.
Work has begun on the development of a new research centre in Port Augusta which will become a vital national asset in the national fruit fly effort.
Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said the $3.8 million National Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) facility will take efforts to manage Queensland fruit fly (Q-fly) to the next level.
An independent report on the progress of the Murray Darling Basin Plan will be welcomed by communities on the river system according to Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston.
Senator Ruston said the Sustainable Diversion Limit (SDL) Stocktake Report released yesterday had shown more than 500 gigalitres of water per year could be recovered by supply measure projects.
Councils in the Federal electorate of Adelaide will receive more than $15 million under the Australian Government’s Financial Assistance Grant program in 2015-16.
Senator for South Australia said the Government was providing $2.3 billion to councils across Australia in 2015-16, including $1.1 billion already paid to councils to ensure immediate access to untied funding for local priorities.
Young women in rural, regional and remote South Australian communities can win a trip to Canberra by entering the Country to Canberra Essay Competition.