Gosford’s largest stormwater harvesting project launched

Terrigal’s water supply is now more secure thanks to an Australian Government-funded project that will save approximately 80 million litres of drinking water per year. “The Australian Government has contributed $2 million to this project as part of our commitment to help major cities and towns secure water supplies through the National Urban Water and…

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$155 million Growth Fund to drive State’s future growth

The Australian Government’s $155 million Growth Fund will drive the development of new industries in high growth sectors in South Australia. In Adelaide Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane said the Government’s review of the South Australian economy found that it remained strong and was in a good position to weather the closure of car manufacturing…

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Mr George Warne appointed to Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Today Mr George Warne has been appointed a part-time member of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. “Mr Warne is highly respected across the water sector for his substantial expertise and knowledge in water and natural resource management, river operations and irrigated agriculture,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment.  “Mr Warne has been appointed…

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A new way to look at weather in Queensland

The Bureau of Meteorology today released the full suite of MetEye services in Queensland, combining the most popular elements of the Bureau’s website in one convenient location, for easy to access, real-time weather information. “The launch of MetEye will change the way Queenslanders look at their weather,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the…

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Death of Henry Jones

If you could draw a picture of a quintessentially old-school fisherman and conservationist it would be of Henry Jones. Henry knew and understood the Murray Mouth, Lower Lakes and Coorong like few others.  His passion for them was infectious, his commitment knew no boundaries and his willingness to share his knowledge was of such value…

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Local jobs to help manage Commonwealth environmental water

The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder is now recruiting local engagement officers to work directly with Murray-Darling Basin communities. “The officers will help ensure local knowledge and views are taken into account when considering Commonwealth environmental watering decisions,” said Senator Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment.  “These officers will be based on the ground and be…

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Environmental water gives Murrumbidgee wetlands a boost

40,000 megalitres of water has been allocated in the lower Murrumbidgee, New South Wales, to help protect the area’s wetlands. “Water delivery commenced early this month to wetlands including those in Nimmie-Caira, Yanga National Park, Fiddlers and Uara Creeks and the Western Lakes,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment. “Commonwealth environmental water…

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Billions of litres delivering a healthier Murray-Darling

The delivery of 1,272 billion litres of Commonwealth environmental water in 2012-13 has boosted water quality, species habitats and wetland management. “Delivering environmental outcomes in a working basin requires careful management, local knowledge and a strong strategy to keep the basin healthy”, said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment. “Across the Basin water…

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$158 million for on-farm irrigation upgrades

476 irrigators across southern NSW, South Australia and Victoria will benefit from an expanded $158 million investment in irrigation infrastructure to improve the water efficiency of their farms and return water to the Murray-Darling. “Six regional partners will deliver projects across 476 farming properties to return more than 60 billion litres of water to the…

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