2017-18 stats show irrigation doing its job, securing food and fibre

Irrigation infrastructure is designed to help Australia keep growing food and fibre in a variable climate and, Australian Bureau of Statistics (gross value of irrigated production) figures for 2017-18 show, that is exactly the job it was doing . ABS figures for...

NIC welcomes water market inquiry

The National Irrigators’ Council (NIC) has welcomed the announcement of the terms of reference for an ACCC inquiry into the water market.CEO Steve Whan said “NIC has been highlighting concerns and advocating an inquiry into the water market for some time.  We are...

Butler and Butler congratulated as shadows by NIC

The National Irrigators Council (NIC) says it looks forward to working with a new Shadow Minister for Water as Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese announces his Shadow Ministry.CEO Steve Whan said “after a very long engagement with the Murray Darling Basin Plan, former...

Scathing report shows need for water market registry reform

An MDBA and Deloitte report on water trade price reporting in the Murray Darling confirms concerns that the National Irrigators’ Council (NIC) has been expressing for some time about lack of transparency, confusion and inconsistency in State water trading registers....

Irrigators welcome new Morrison / McCormack Government Ministry

The National Irrigators’ Council (NIC) has congratulated the newly appointed Morrison / McCormack Government Ministers saying it looks forward to working with them as they tackle difficult tasks. CEO, Steve Whan says “key Ministerial appointments for the irrigation...

Don’t punish communities – message to Labor on Basin Plan policy

The National Irrigators’ Council says Labor’s Basin Plan policy, announced on Monday, could end up punishing communities and industry for failure to achieve projects that are completely beyond their control. CEO, Steve Whan, says “Labor needs to be very clear about...