Water bills could double, warns Infrastructure Australia

Government agency Infrastructure Australia has warned that water bills for Australian households could double in real terms by 2040 unless a comprehensive water management strategy is implemented. The report, ‘Reforming Urban Water’, was released by Adrian Dwyer, Executive Director of Policy and Research at Infrastructure Australia. The report focuses on the provision of water for […]

WA councils seek urgent drought assistance

By Angela Dorizas Local communities in Western Australia have appealed for urgent government assistant as they face severe drought conditions. The WA Local Government Association (WALGA) has called on the State Government to issue a ‘declaration of water deficiency’ for regions in severe drought and provide urgent assistance to deal with the financial, social and […]

Saving the Coorong

Image: Murray Darling Basin Authority. By Angela Dorizas The Coorong District in South Australia was made famous in the 1976 Australian film Storm Boy, but the once idyllic coastal setting is on the verge of collapse. Reduced flows from the Murray-Darling river system, combined with drought and hypersalinity, has resulted in an ecological disaster. The South […]

Productivity Commission reports on water buybacks

The Productivity Commission has raised concerns about aspects of the design and sequencing of the Australian Government’s Murray-Darling Basin plan, noting problems in the commencement of buybacks before ratification of the plan. The Commission found that acquiring entitlements directly in active markets is likely to be more efficient that the current tender approach. Commissioner Neil Byron […]

More work needed on water reform

By Rob O’Brien A biennial assessment of the Federal Government’s water reform has identified areas where reform has been inadequate despite progress in other areas. In its 2009 Biennial Assessment, the National Water Commission’s second two-yearly assessment of progress in the implementation of the National Water Initiative, the Commission reported significant progress in water reform […]


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