Discussing Aboriginal views on Murray–Darling water management

Today the Northern Basin Aboriginal Nations (NBAN) representatives visited Parliament House to discuss the management in the Murray-Darling Basin.  “The meeting was a good opportunity to hear about the group’s submission to the Water Act Review 2014, and to discuss cultural flows and future funding arrangements,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment. …

Improving Economic Regulation of Urban Water

Today the Water Services Association of Australia released their publication on Economic Regulation of Urban Water, highlighting opportunities to improve efficiency in the water sector. “This publication is an example of why Australia has become a world leader in water management, but demonstrates there remains room for improvement,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for…

Spectacular new Sydney Harbour walking track opens to the public

Today a new harbourside walking track opened at the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust’s Headland Park site in Mosman. “Headland Park is one of Sydney’s most beautiful urban parklands,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment. “I commend the Harbour Trust for preserving the site’s natural beauty and heritage buildings. They have transformed Headland…

Bold vision to make Christmas Island feral cat-free

Today a bold plan has been unveiled to completely eradicate feral cats from Christmas Island. The ambitious plan will be underpinned by an enduring cat-control partnership between the Australian and Western Australian governments, the local community, biodiversity experts and major organisations including the Shire of Christmas Island and Christmas Island Phosphates. “Feral cats are devastating…

Gunbower Forest watering underway

Northern Victoria’s iconic Gunbower Forest will receive its first delivery of environmental water this week using newly-constructed infrastructure and the milestone has been welcomed by Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, and Victoria’s Minister for Water Peter Walsh. Senator Birmingham said The Australian Government was committed to innovative works that delivered win-win outcomes…

Gunbower Forest Receives Environmental Water Boost

Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, and Victorian Minister for Water Peter Walsh have today officially launched the Hipwell Road environmental watering works in Victoria’s iconic Gunbower Forest. The new infrastructure, developed under The Living Murray initiative, is designed to deliver environmental water from the River Murray into the forest.…