Latest Rivers of New South Wales Stories

2008-09-02 13:20:00

The Australian government's top water official said on Tuesday that drought in Australia's main food growing region of the Murray-Darling river system has worsened, with water inflows over the past two years at an all-time low. Irrigated crops such as rice, grapes and horticulture are expected to be hit the hardest by the drought, but it would have less impact on output of wheat, which depends largely on rainfall during specific periods and is on track to double after two years of shrunken...

2008-07-11 09:00:31

By Kathy Marks The drought in Australia's main food bowl, the Murray-Darling Basin, has worsened, with record low inflows into the river system in June and an even gloomier situation predicted for the coming months. Neil Plummer, acting head of the National Climate Centre, described rainfall during the southern hemisphere autumn as "an absolute shocker", and said: "I'm gasping for good news". Wendy Craik, chief executive of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, said the river system's...

2007-06-05 21:00:16

Drowned 50 years ago for progress and the promise of near limitless water, the town of Old Adaminaby has re-emerged from its sunken grave as drought ravages one of Australia's biggest lakes. The country's battle with climate change and the worst drought in 100 years was stark at Old Adaminaby as World Environment Day dawned yesterday: Looters picked through the relics of a bygone farming town on the parched floor of Lake Eucumbene. On the lake floor are the remains of an old truck,...

2005-12-08 08:15:00

By James Grubel GOOLWA, Australia -- Richard Owen stands outside his old shack overlooking the mouth of the Murray River and laments the decline of Australia's greatest waterway. For 25 years, Owen has watched over the spot where the Murray meets the surf of the Southern Ocean, and has witnessed the sand slowly take control and close the river mouth. "When we first came down here, we had wetlands in front of us," Owen told Reuters as he looks out at a sandbank between his property and the...

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  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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