Murtho salt scheme reduces River Murray salinity

A salt interception scheme designed to stop about 36,000 tonnes of salt from entering the River Murray has been launched in South Australia today. Federal Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Senator Simon Birmingham, and South Australian Minister for Water and the River Murray, Ian Hunter, today announced the completion of the Murtho Salt Interception Scheme,…

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Second round of $240 million River Murray program open

The second round of grants under the $240 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability Irrigation Industry Program (3IP) will open for Expressions of Interest on Monday September 22, 2014. Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell said the program was one of the biggest ever government investments in a South Australian region. “The Australian and South Australian government…

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A Century of Cooperation in River Murray Management

It is one hundred years since a landmark agreement was made between New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the Commonwealth for the management and sharing of water resources of the Murray River.  In September 1914, after nearly sixty years of debate, droughts, community action, enquiry and a Royal Commission, the River Murray Waters Agreement…

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Tourism is on the Rise at Uluru

Tourism is getting even better at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with visitor numbers rising six per cent in last financial year and the launch today of a free smartphone app to help people explore the park. “Uluru’s star is on the rise once more, as a brilliant holiday destination, part of our iconic Red Centre,…

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Volunteers rally for mala blitz at Uluru

Its lights out for rabbits at Uluru this week as teams of volunteers fight to protect the park’s endangered mala, a Rufous Hare Wallaby, from ravenous rabbit invaders. “We have deployed a dozen Environment Department volunteers from national parks and offices across the country to eliminate the rabbits that are breeding in Uluru’s mala enclosure,”…

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Bureau of Meteorology goes to market for new supercomputer

Procurement for the replacement of the Bureau of Meteorology’s supercomputer is now underway, with request for tenders opening today via the Australian Government website, AusTender. The new supercomputer will enable the Bureau to improve the accuracy of forecasts for severe thunderstorm events and tropical cyclones, as well as improved timing and direction of wind changes…

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Cockatoo Island’s dockyard past goes on show at the Shipyard Stories exhibition

Today, Shipyard Stories, a new exhibition about the life and times of the Cockatoo Island Dockyard officially opened at Biloela House on Cockatoo Island. “The new exhibition is an important addition to Sydney’s social history and cultural life,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment. “This initiative by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust…

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Green light for Olympic Dam trial

The trial for leaching copper and uranium at the BHP Billiton Olympic Dam heap site has been determined ‘not a controlled action’ under the Environment Protection Biodiversity Act 1999 (EPBC Act).  “I welcome this decision, which will give the green light to BHP Billiton to develop and operate a heap leach demonstration plant at the…

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