Celebrating 40 years of Ramsar leadership

This month marks 40 years since Australia listed the world’s first Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention, at Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory.  “Today we’re celebrating 40 years of Australian leadership in wetland protection,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment. “When Cobourg became the world’s first Ramsar site in…

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Volunteers recognised for 50 years of rainfall records

The outstanding contribution of two volunteers at the Bureau of Meteorology has been recognised with Rainfall Excellence Awards presented in South Australia today. “The commitment to the community shown by the Bureau of Meteorology’s volunteers makes a world of difference,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment. Mr Ian Ross, of Glen Gillian…

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Mr George Warne appointed to Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Today Mr George Warne has been appointed a part-time member of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. “Mr Warne is highly respected across the water sector for his substantial expertise and knowledge in water and natural resource management, river operations and irrigated agriculture,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment.  “Mr Warne has been appointed…

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OzWater Conference

Speech – OzWater Conference Brisbane, 30 April 2014   **Check against delivery **   [Greetings] Water reform in Australia has been an ongoing pursuit for policy makers. However the past ten years has seen the most significant reform occur. We are now just shy of a decade since the National Water Initiative document was signed…

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Kakadu must thrive

OPINION PIECE Published Northern Territory News, Saturday Extra NATURAL landscapes like Uluru and Kakadu remain icons of Australia, as well as major drawcards for domestic and international visitors. This week Territory documentary Kakadu, showcasing some of the best of the Northern Territory, won a top gong at New York's best television and film night. The filmmakers…

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