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  • Bligh receives Floods report

    Queensland councils feel vindicated by flood inquiry report

    Queensland's Floods Commission of Inquiry has called for three dam engineers to be further investigated and for development on the state's flood plains to be better managed.

    The commission has spent the past year looking at what caused the disasters which inundated 70 per cent of the state during the 2010-2011 summer and what could or should be done to prevent something of that scale happening again.


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Future landscapes - ABARES Outlook 2012 (ABC)

Future landscapes - ABARES Outlook 2012

Want to know how your farm business will fare in 2012? Check ABC Rural's coverage of ABARES Outlook for the year to come.

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