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…

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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.…

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Boost for Murraylands B-doubles

PROJECT works on Ferries McDonald Road are now complete, greatly improving the strategic north/south link for freight through the Murraylands, east of Murray Bridge.  Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government had provided $3.65 million towards the road upgrade through the Roads to Recovery Programme. “The…

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Major economic stimulus for River Murray communities

Grants totalling more than $100 million will flow to almost 100 South Australian River Murray irrigation and industry projects. This includes projects such as $12.7 million to replant an existing production area with new crops and a new irrigation system, $5.2 million for a new onion and potato farm to supply a national supermarket chain,…

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New supercomputer to boost Australia’s weather forecasting capabilities

Australians will benefit from enhanced forecasting services provided by the Bureau of Meteorology with the acquisition of a new supercomputer scheduled to begin operation in mid-2016. Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Parliamentary Secretary Senator Simon Birmingham visited the Bureau’s Victoria Regional Office today and said procurement of the new supercomputer will begin before the end…

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Perth Weather Radar upgrade

Weather watchers using the Bureau of Meteorology’s Perth weather radar will now get more images, more often and have the option of looking at the Doppler wind observations. “West Australians will benefit from a significant improvement in service for both the quality and frequency of the radar data,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for…

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Reducing reliance on River Murray water in Murray Bridge

Murray Bridge’s water supply will be more secure thanks to an Australian Government-funded project that will save approximately 170 million litres of drinking water per year. “I congratulate the Rural City of Murray Bridge for starting construction on the project which will reduce the cities reliance on the River Murray for drinking quality water in…

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Bureau of Meteorology website goes mobile

The Bureau of Meteorology has redesigned its website for smartphone users, making it quicker and easier for people to access Australia’s official weather forecasts using their mobile device. “The Bureau is releasing a preview of the mobile website today for public testing and feedback, before formally releasing the site,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary…

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