Basin watering strategy completed

The long-term strategy to guide watering activities across the Murray–Darling Basin is being released today. The Basin-wide Watering Strategy is one of the key pieces of work to be completed as part of the implementation of the Basin Plan. The Australian Government has committed to implementing the Basin Plan in full and on time. “It…

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$1 million boost for River Torrens

The Australian Government is delivering on its election commitment to improve the health of the River Torrens with a $1 million injection of funding under the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme. Federal Environment Parliamentary Secretary and Senator for South Australia, Simon Birmingham, today officially launched the River Torrens Recovery Programme, saying the funding will be…

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Constraints work moves to next phase

The annual progress report on the constraints management strategy has been released today, pointing the way forward to the next phase of this important part of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan. “Local information provided by basin communities form the backbone of the report’s findings,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment. “The good work…

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Review of Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme announced

The Australian Government today announced an independent review of the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme and its Water Efficiency and Labelling Standards (WELS) Act (2005) and other associated legislation. Due to report in June 2015, the review will pay particular attention to identifying opportunities to simplify red tape and regulatory requirements placed on…

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Dredging to start at the Murray Mouth

Federal Environment Parliamentary Secretary Senator Simon Birmingham and South Australian Water and River Murray Minister Ian Hunter have announced the decision to start dredging the Murray Mouth to remove sand build-up. “It's vital that the Mouth remains open to keep the ecosystems in the Coorong healthy, as well as maintain connectivity between the River Murray,…

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Pursuing business from California’s drought

Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, will be leading a delegation of Australian Water Businesses to California for the California-Australia Drought Dialogue, to support Australian business and export development opportunities.  Senator Birmingham will be a key speaker at a high level drought and water management roundtable being organised by the Governor Brown of…

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Fresh approach for Kakadu’s threatened species

The Australian Government is ramping up action to bring threatened species back from the brink of extinction in Australia’s largest national park, Kakadu. As thousands gather in Sydney ahead of World Parks Congress, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Senator Simon Birmingham released Kakadu’s Threatened Species Strategy today, a major change in Kakadu’s approach to threatened…

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Darwin weather radar upgrade complete

The Bureau of Meteorology has completed the construction of a replacement weather watch radar in Darwin today, with real-time imagery now available on the Bureau’s website.  “The upgrade will improve the reliability of the radar, benefitting those living and working in the Northern Territory. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment Simon Birmingham. “The…

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Long-term environmental water monitoring programme for the MDB

A new five year monitoring plan for the Murray-Darling Basin announced today by the Commonwealth Government will provide unprecedented knowledge into the effectiveness of environmental watering. “Localised teams of experts from Australia’s leading regional universities and research institutions will undertake projects in key areas of Commonwealth environmental water delivery,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary…

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