Waterwise councils in WA

Councils in Western Australia are taking action to conserve water in their communities. WA Water Minister Graham Jacobs announced on Thursday five new participants in the Waterwise Council program. The cities of Melville, Joondalup and Subiaco, along with the shires of Capel and Serpentine Jarrahdale, are the latest councils to sign up to the program. […]

ELECTION 2010: Gillard and Abbott to boost stormwater reuse

By Angela Dorizas Projects that harvest and reuse stormwater are set to receive an increase in funding, with both major parties pledging to cover a greater share of development costs. Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Water, Penny Wong, announced on Wednesday that the national Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse program would receive a $100 […]

Federal funding for water infrastructure

The Federal Government has announced new funding for water saving infrastructure projects across Australia. Victoria The Government predicts that nearly one billion litres of water will be saved each year in local communities across Victoria, through new infrastructure projects. Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water, Senator Penny Wong, said the Government would provide $3.7 million […]

$17 million for water security

Four councils in New South Wales will receive new infrastructure to deliver improved water security, Federal Minister for Water, Senator Penny Wong, has announced. Four councils and two water corporations will implement water saving projects worth $17 million. Senator Wong said the projects will have the capacity to deliver combined water savings of around 5 […]

NSW councils lead on water loss management

By Angela Dorizas The water saving achievements of three New South Wales councils have been recognised by Parliamentary Secretary for Water, Mike Kelly. Dr Kelly congratulated Orange, Gosford and Dubbo city councils for being the first to complete their projects under the Water Loss Management Program. The program is a $22 million joint initiative of […]

Uganda offers refreshing solutions

Those in the Australian water industry were recently inspired by the stories of international experts, including two tales of remarkable transformation and innovative future vision. Penny Landfield reports. Twelve years ago the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) in Uganda had the odds stacked against it. The changes of delivering crucial services like fresh water […]

Gene chip unlocks secrets of coastal ecosystems

Dr Anthony Chariton collects sediment samples for biodiversity analysis using the new gene chip. Image: CSIRO. The CSIRO has announced trials of a new technique to determine the impacts of water quality and climate change on the health and biodiversity of Australia’s coastal ecosystems. Launched on World Water Day, the technique is based on a […]

Traveston Dam rejected

Local residents have welcomed the Federal Government’s proposed decision to reject the Traveston Dam project on the Mary River. Image: Arkin Mackay/www.stoppress.com.au By Angela Dorizas Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett has announced a proposed decision to reject Queensland’s Traveston Dam project because the impacts on the environment would be too great. Mr Garrett said the project could […]

NSW councils dive into water debate

By Angela Dorizas Councils across New South Wales have welcomed the extension of the Water Loss Management Program until June 2011. A joint initiative of the Local Government and Shires Associations (LGSA) and the NSW Water Directorate, the program includes Commonwealth funding of $7.3m from the Water Smart Australia program, part of the Government’s $12.9 […]

NSW councils address water management

By Staff Writer Councils and shires from across New South Wales have gathered in Deniliquin to debate and discuss water buybacks and reform of local water utilities. More than 150 delegates have attended the 2009 Local Government and Shires Associations’ Water Management Conference to explore the latest policy developments and industry trends. Shires Association president […]

Federal funding for water-saving projects

By Staff Writer The Federal Government has called for proposals from local government bodies in the Murray-Darling basin for water-saving initiatives to help communities prepare for a future of scarce water supply. Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, said the water-saving initiatives formed part of the Government’s $200 million Strengthening Basin Communities […]

Victorian Government has failed to provide water security, says ATA

By Staff Writer The Victorian Government has failed to capture rain that falls over the city each year, according to a leading sustainable living organisation. The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) has accused the State Government of wasting 600 gigalitres of rainfall each year. ATA water policy manager, Anjali Brown, said the State Government was failing […]

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