$85 million to improve water quality in the Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Government has signed an agreement with the Australian Capital Territory that will see up to $85 million of Australian Government funds available to help clean up Canberra’s lakes and waterways. Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Senator Simon Birmingham, and ACT Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, announced the completion of…

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States Agree to Implement Murray-Darling Basin Water Reform

The Australian Government has completed an agreement which brings all jurisdictions together to implement the historic Murray-Darling Basin Plan for water reform. The Premiers of NSW and Queensland have this week signed the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) on Implementing Water Reform in the Murray-Darling Basin and an amended National Partnership Agreement (NPA). A commitment to cap…

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Celebrating 40 years of the Ramsar Convention in Australia

On World Wetlands Day today we celebrate Australia’s significant contribution to the global wetland conservation movement. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory, being listed as the world’s first Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. Through a number of governments there has been bipartisan recognition that our…

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Water trading to benefit environment & economy

The first ever trading of Commonwealth water holdings signals a new era of water management that can deliver better benefits to both the environment and the economy, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today. “The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH) will today release the Water Trading Framework and announce the first sale of…

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$11 million to support Murray-Darling Basin irrigation in Queensland

The Australian Government will inject $11 million into Queensland’s Murray-Darling Basin communities to improve the efficiency of irrigation in the catchment.  Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment Senator Simon Birmingham and Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said the funding would provide much needed upgrades to the resources and agriculture…

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Appointment of Director of National Parks

The Government is delighted to announce that the Australian Government has appointed Ms Sally Barnes as Director of National Parks.  Ms Barnes brings with her nearly 20 years experience in the environment field. She is currently the Chief Executive of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage with responsibilities for national parks and reserves, including…

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Infrastructure delivers environmental outcomes at Hattah Lakes

One of Australia’s largest environmental works projects is demonstrating how infrastructure can be used to achieve environmental outcomes in the Murray–Darling Basin. The $32 million package of works at Hattah Lakes, in north-west Victoria, was officially opened today by Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, and Victorian Minister…

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New funding agreement for Menindee Lakes

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, Senator Simon Birmingham, and the NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, today announced a funding agreement of up to $800,000 for the NSW Government to undertake project planning, stakeholder consultation and detailed design work for a water savings project to reduce average evaporation at the Menindee…

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New groundwater resources identified near Menindee Lakes

Geoscience Australia has identified new potential groundwater resources beneath the Darling River floodplain near Menindee Lakes in far western New South Wales (NSW). The potential groundwater resources and aquifer storage options were identified in the 7,500 square kilometre study area at depths of 25 to 100 metres below the ground. Between 2,100 and 4,400 gigalitres…

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