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Almond history gets new colour
THE rich history of the Australian
almond industry has been woven into a
coffee table book chronicling the
endeavours of those who have shaped
today's vibrant industry.
Almonds in Australia -- From Pioneer
Planting to Prime Production will be
officially launched at the Australian
Almond Conference dinner at the
Barossa Valley on October 9.
The Almond Board of Australia
commissioned this three-year project to
uncover and capture its colourful past,
spanning the period of almond
development from the planting of the
first tree in the 1830s to the formation
of the Australian Almond Growers
Association in 1995.
In researching and writing this 336-
page book, Australian Nutgrower editor
Jennifer Wilkinson uncovered some
remarkable stories of almond
producers, traders, scientists and
"It is important to document the
history of this industry as the book is
more than a historical record of
development, it is a slice of Australia's
heritage," Ms Wilkinson said
Almond Board of Austra
Brendan Sidhu was
delighted with the
"This book pays homa
to those that had the vis
courage and persistence
required to successfully
establish a new industry
and develop it by laying
foundation through trial a
error, innovation, adoptio
and adaptation of overse
and local horticultural
practices," Mr Sidhu said
"Commitment to, and investment in,
unknown varieties and methods takes a
strength of character that few of us
today need to display.
"We share in the knowledge gained by
our pioneering industry participants,
including growers, processors and
marketers as well as nurserymen and
Statistics released earlier this year by
the ABA indicate that the Australian
almond industry produces about 3.5 per
cent of the world's annual almond crop,
behind California (86pc) and Spain
But as orchards mature and tree yields
increase, production in the next few
years will increase rapidly to touch 8pc
of world production, making Australia
the world's second-largest producer.
The history book is being sold for $35,
plus postage and handling charges. For
pre-orders contact ABA communications
manager Jo Ireland 08 8582 2055,
Details: Almond Board of Australia CEO
Ross Skinneron 0448 049 202 or 08 8582
BFA: 25 years of natural
growth in organic farming
THE Biological Farmers of
Australia -- one of the first
advocates for organic,
biodynamic and biological
farming -- turns 25 this year.
And half the tickets for its
celebration gala dinner, on
October 27 at the Grand
Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane,
have already been sold.
"It will be a great chance to
meet who's who in the organic
world and hear special guest
speaker David Gillespie, lawyer
and author of Sweet Poison,"
BFA chairman Doug Haas said.
"Join us to celebrate a quarter
of a century of many individuals'
efforts, which has brought BFA
and the organic industry to
where it is today."
The organisation was started
by a group of dedicated
biodynamic and organic farmers
to promote organic farming and
processing at a time when
organic and biodynamic farmers
were few and far between.
But Mr Gillespie says organics
is now mainstream.
IbisWorld reported last year
that about 2000 organic farms
nationally contributed to a sector
worth more than $500 million.
BFA is the main voice of
A majority of consumers
products recognise the
Founding chairman Gavin Dunn
says the "climate is very good"
for organics in Australia.
"We've had a lot of involvement
with governments and that has
been very gratifying," he said.
"Staging a field day that
attracted 1200 people, earlier
this year, also helped our
standing in the community."
BFA did not start as a certifying
organisation. Its initial aim was
to help farmers, until people
started to expect more from it.
David Bruer was with the
Organic Vignerons Association of
Australia when BFA approached
him with an offer to merge. His
Temple Bruer business, with
vineyards at Langhorne Creek,
Eden Valley and Loxton, was
propping up the organisation and
he was concerned for its future.
"Congratulations to BFA. It has
been such a pleasure working
with such a lot of good people,"
Details: Dinner reservations 1300 331
309. BFA members $115, non mem-
By MALCOLM SUTTON
WATER licensing in the
Eastern Mount Lofty
Ranges is a step closer
after a draft Water Allocation Plan
was presented to State Water
Minister Paul Caica in August, 18
months after the concept was
But landholders in the Western
MLR remain in the dark, despite
an allocation plan for their own
region released for public
consultation two years ago.
The EMLR WAP will introduce
so-called 'water affecting policies'
that determine where new dams
and wells can be installed.
It will also result in the licensing
of 500 of the region's 6500 dams
-- stock and domestic dams are
excluded -- and the installation of
low-flow bypasses for licensed
dams, stock and domestic dams
with a capacity of 5 megalitres or
higher, and all water course
South Australian Murray
Darling Basin Natural Resources
Management Board presiding
member Sharon Starick says the
plan sets sustainable allocation
limits to ensure a balance for
people, industry and the
"This involves placing limits on
how much water can be taken
from each creek and river system,
surface water catchment and
groundwater system to protect
licensees' allocations, stock and
domestic users and water-
dependent ecosytems," she said.
"It sets the rules for water trade
and transfer, obtaining new
allocations, and water-affecting
structures such as dams and
SAMDBNRM Board water
allocation planning manager
Cameron Welsh said the board
would undertake a 'strategic
location project' to see if its
environmental flow regime could
be produced with fewer low-flow
bypasses in some areas.
"The project's findings will be
coming out about November and
we'll be able to engage with the
wider community about some of
its outcomes and get some
feedback on what further work
needs to be done," Mr Welsh said.
Carryover provisions would also
be provided for licence holders
that could range from 10 per cent
one year up to about 20pc over a
number of years, depending on
"Groundwater carryover policies
are for a longer period of time in
some areas as water that is stored
in an aquifer is a little less
influenced by climatic influence,"
Mr Welsh said.
Mr Caica would not give a
timeframe on how long it would
take to consider the draft Eastern
MLR WAP but said the
community would be notified if it
But Western MLR property
owners are still waiting on a
finalised allocation plan for their
region, despite a draft plan
released for public consultation six
months before Eastern MLR
landholders received theirs.
It proposed metering for 1700
dams used for commercial and
irrigation purposes from 13,000
dams in the region.
It also initially proposed
licensing for up to 900 stock and
Hills water users to be
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