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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Next step for advertising with Bureau of Meteorology

The Senate has today passed the Meteorology Amendment (Online Advertising) Bill 2014, providing the Bureau of Meteorology with greater certainty to accept commercial advertising, and to prevent the display of inappropriate types of advertising on its website. “The Government wanted to ensure the powers of the Bureau’s Director included the authority to accept paid advertising…

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Final report released on Ranger mine spill

The final report on investigations by the Supervising Scientist on the impacts of a leach tank failure which resulted in a spill of slurry at Ranger uranium mine in December 2013 has been released today.  “Today’s report on the impacts from spilled slurry at Ranger mine in December last year confirms that there were no…

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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. …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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