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Adel­aide should be securing its own core independent water supply and possibly building three or four water desalination plants: Leader editorial in Advertiser

Posted by waterweek on 21 September 2007

The State Government needed to understand the financing of water infrastructure such as desalination plants was not simply a public sector issue, according to The Advertiser (7/9/2007, p.18).

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Vox pop: Gardens take miniscule amounts of Murray water but contribute significantly to economy

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

South Australia receives 8 per cent of the Murray/Darling inflows, of which Adelaide uses on average 130 gigalitres for industry, commerce, business and community, houses and gardens, according to John Calder, Hallet Cove, in a letter to the editor of The Advertiser (17/9/2007, p. 17). Read the rest of this entry »

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Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon shows “poor judgment”; Gunns pulp mill saga grinds towards Turnbull’s desk, oiled by 700 submissions

Posted by waterweek on 19 September 2007

Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon had not helped himself, showing poor judgment when he allowed a company owned by Gunns to renovate his home when the state Government was trying to push through the $2 billion pulp-mill project for Gunns, according to The Australian (15/9/2007, p. 26).

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NSW water-mediations fail: back to NSW Land and Environment Court, as three irrigator groups’ class-actions open, against NSW government

Posted by waterweek on 19 September 2007

Mediation between Lower Murray and Lower Murrumbidgee groundwater users and the NSW and federal governments on Monday and Tuesday over com­pensation for drastic reductions in water entitlements failed to achieve a result. But groundwater users in zone one of the Upper Namoi reached an agreement they hope will allow them to withdraw their court action against the NSW Government, reported Alan Dick of The Land, (13/9/2007), p. 25.

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“A plan so cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel”: Howard’s support for Tamar pulp mill in Tas

Posted by waterweek on 18 September 2007

The proposed pulp mill in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley was at the forefront of John Howard’s mind because it represented one part of his last-ditch plan to turn the polls around and snatch electoral victory, wrote Dennis Shanahan in The Australian (15/9/2007, p.19).

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Posted in Deforestation, Federal Election, Plantation forestry, Policy, pollution, Project Approvals, Public Opinion, Tasmania, Water Week Vol 0411 | Leave a Comment »

Tasmanian pulp mill debate crosses Strait to create ripples in federal politics

Posted by waterweek on 18 September 2007

The best efforts of both major parties to quarantine the Tamar Valley pulp mill debate south of Bass Strait continued to fail dismally, according to Matthew Denholm reported The Australian (15/9/2007, p.31).
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Details of complex history of Tasmanian pulp mill assessment laid bare in Legislative Council

Posted by waterweek on 18 September 2007

The history of the hearings on the application for a permit to construct a proposed pulp mill by Gunns was detailed by T.L. Martin in the Tasmanian Legislative Council on 28 August 2007.

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98.7 per cent of poll respondents say “No” to Tasmanian pulp mill

Posted by waterweek on 17 September 2007

An online reader poll this week had revealed an unprec­edented level of opposition to the pro­posed Tasmanian pulp mill, reported the Wentworth Courier (12/9/2007, p. 7).

Rigorous assessment to be undertaken: “There were 776 responses to our question ‘Should the pulp mill pro­ceed in the Tamar Valley?’ with 98.7 per cent of voters answering ‘No’,” the newspaper reported. “In response to the poll, the federal Environment Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said voters in Wentworth would expect him to undertake a com­prehensive environmental assessment of the project. He said his extended six-week deadline had allowed for that. ‘The assessment process I have put in place with an independent review by the chief scientist has now been acknowledged, even by opponents of the pulp mill, as a thorough and rigor­ous one,’ Mr Turnbull said.”

Fast-tracking challenged: “The figures echo a recent Newspoll in the northern Tasmanian electorate of Bass,” the Wentworth Courier said. “Of a sample of 400 voters the poll found that more than half were against the construction of the mill. Debate over the $2 billion Gunns pulp mill has been played out in Malcolm Turnbull’s electorate after a critical advertisement funded by businessman Geoffrey Cousins. Mr Cousins’ advertisement in the Courier challenged the MP over fast-tracking the environmental assess­ment process of the mill.”

Mill “will have no significant impact” say owners: “Pulp mill company Gunns responded with its own full-page advertisement last week, claiming the residents of Wentworth were being subjected to a campaign of misinformation,” the newspaper reported. “Gunns said the project would have no signifi­cant impact on the local environment or the tourism and wine industries. In a forum at Waverley RSL last week, Greens leader Bob Brown con­demned Gunns’ comments, saying the mill was ‘an absolute assault on the atmosphere of this planet’.”

Wentworth Courier, 12/9/2007, p. 7

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Coal buried under Sydney’s catchment area may never be extracted unless it can be mined without disrupting the city’s future water supply

Posted by waterweek on 14 September 2007

Up to $31 billion worth of coal buried under Sydney’s catchment area may never be extracted unless it can be mined without disrupting the city’s future water supply, reported The Australian (15/8/2007, p.7).

SCA seeks tougher approval process for mining: While the Sydney Catchment Authority yesterday stopped short of proposing a moratorium on mining, it recommended a tougher approval process. In its submission to an inquiry into the future of underground coal mining on the southern outskirts of Sydney, the authority said limited information was available on the impact of the industry on the water supply.

SCA moderates tone for final draft: It is understood earlier drafts of the SCA submission took a harder line on the coal industry, with the tone moderated in the final draft submitted to the inquiry. Miners in the region include BHP Billiton, Centennial Coal and Peabody Energy, with up to five new development applications under the catchment expected to be made in the next year.

Environmental damage due to mining: Some underground mining in the southern coalfields has caused significant environmental damage to pristine rivers and creeks in the region. Sections of rivers and creeks have drained into large cracks and subsidence has been caused by operations hundreds of metres underground.

Loss of lows: Since 2004, longwall mining under the Waratah Rivulet has resulted in the loss of flows for approximately 2km caused by fracturing of the riverbed and rock bars. In 1998, the Cataract River went dry as a result of cracking of the riverbed. The damage has angered residents and activists. They have called for a moratorium on mining under the catchment and nearby rivers, questioning the viability of the industry.

SCA calls for delays, not bans: Submissions to the panel of five experts closed at the end of last month, with public hearings to begin next month. Significantly, the SCA submission to the inquiry did not oppose mining under the Sydney catchment, nor did it suggest the banning of mining under rivers or endorse the need for mandatory buffer zones. However, it said future approvals should be delayed or denied if there was insufficient information on potential impacts requiring either more detailed assessment or changes to mining practices and layouts. SCA chief executive Graeme Head said mining companies and the state Government needed to improve scientific understanding of the impacts and mitigation of underground mining to better protect Sydney’s valuable water supplies.

The Australian, 15/8/2007, p. 7

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