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Improved dam catchments, recycling stormwater, desal problems not addressed properly in WA water-use debate, says Nationals MP

Posted by waterweek on 17 October 2007

Reducing water use was much more complicated than relatively small initiatives such as more efficient showers and toilets, said Murray Criddle, National Party, in the Legislative Council of Western Australia (4/9/2007).

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Fed Govt ‘nonsensical’ migration policy ignores WA growth potential, favours SA instead, says WA Minister

Posted by waterweek on 12 October 2007

It was astounding that skilled migrants who arrived on a skilled regional sponsored visa were allowed to live in metropolitan Adelaide under a regional classification, but migrants in Western Australia, under the same scheme, had to live in regional areas for three years – in other words, they could not live in Perth, said Margaret Quirk, Labor’s Minister for Corrective Services, in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly (5/9/2007).

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WA’s Mt Gibson Iron Ltd gets water allocation of 5.2GL with additional 32.8GL requested

Posted by waterweek on 12 October 2007

Regarding the Mt Gibson Iron Ltd iron ore mine, Giz Watson, of the WA Greens, asked the WA Minister for Resources, Kim Chance, what the current usage and recharge for the targeted aquifers were, and whether any groundwater-dependent ecosystems were reliant on the aquifers, in the WA Legislative Council (28/8/2007).

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Minister says processes being put in place to verify source of logs sold from state forests, FPC share farms and state-owned plantations

Posted by waterweek on 12 October 2007

In response to questions from Paul Llewellyn MP (Greens Party) in the Western Australian Legislative Council on 5 September 2007 about the Forest Products Commission’s sale of logs from state forests, FPC share farms and state-owned plantations, Kimberley Chance MP (Minister for Forestry, Labor Party) said it was not possible at this time to give an assurance that illegally harvested logs were not finding their way to mill landings.

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Spikes in pollution acceptable decides Australian Chief Scientist as he sets “averages” controls on pollutants and wastewater from Gunns pulp

Posted by waterweek on 8 October 2007

Parameter Maximum Limit Total nitrogen 2.5 pg TEQ/L Total phosphorus 0.8mg/L Total suspended solids 20 mg/L Biological oxygen demand 11 mg/L

Prior to commissioning, trigger levels for effluent discharge for all phases of development must be included in the EIMP together with agreed response strategies and timeframes if trigger levels are exceeded or maximum limits reached. In accordance with the EIMP, Gunns Limited must obtain (from overseas pulp mills already using technologies similar to that proposed) effluent samples, and conduct chemical analyses and whole effluent toxicity testing to identify the key contaminants and their concentrations and the effluent dilutions needed in the mixing zone for the proposed mill. Gunns Limited must report on the temporal variability in both the contaminant concentrations and toxicity in the effluents from these mills. In accordance with the EIMP, to determine the properties affecting the fate of fine particulate organic matter in effluent, Gunns Limited must undertake laboratory studies, agreed to by the Department, to assess the likely settling and flocculation properties of fine particulate organic materials in equivalent effluent.

Reference: Malcolm Turnbull MP, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, 4 October 2007. Further information, along with the Chief Scientist’s report, and information on the Chief scientist’s panel and Terms of Reference, is available on the Department’s website at http://www.environment.gov.au/epbc/pulpmill

Erisk Net, 4/10/2007

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With the drought continuing and grave scenario for agriculture looming, time ripe to develop Northern Australia as future food bowl, need to develop Ord 2 as starting point, says WA Lib Senator

Posted by waterweek on 3 October 2007

With an early break of a possible La Nina, or drought-breaking event, not occurring, it meant that there would continue to be a drought across most of Australia, said Alan Eggleston, Senator for Western Australia, member of the Government’s Backbench Policy Committee on Health and Ageing, Liberal Party of Australia, in the Commonwealth Senate on 18 September 2007, adding that it was time to unlock the potential of Northern Australia to become the food bowl of the nation, which in turn required solutions appropriate to the local conditions and an understanding that what may have worked in the south may well not be suitable for the north.

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Northern Australia – the future food bowl: work on to identify eight to 12 small-scale sustainable precincts to potentially open up to 10,000 to 20,000 hectares across the north outside the Ord

Posted by waterweek on 3 October 2007

With the non-occurrence of La Nina and the related worsening drought situation across most of Australia, it was high time to focus on the possibilities of Northern Australia and the region west of Ord river with relatively abundant water and the added benefits the north presented in reducing greenhouse gases, as the potential food bowl of the nation said Senator Alan Eggleston, Senator for Western Australia, member of the Government’s Backbench Policy Committee on Health and Ageing, Liberal Party of Australia, in the Commonwealth Senate on 18 September 2007, quoting Mark Lewis of the Western Australia Department of Agriculture, who is the manager of NRM and industry development for rangelands.

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Baxter case to return to Fed Court for hearing; trade practices lawyers hit law books to consider how far ACCC’s reach extends after new ruling

Posted by waterweek on 2 October 2007

In a majority decision, the High Court found that the Baxter Healthcare group was not entitled to the shield of the Crown over ACCC allegations that intravenous solution supply contracts between Baxter and the governments of NSW, South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland breached sections 46 and 47 of the Trade Practices Act, which prohibited misuse of market power and exclusive dealing, reported Malcom Maiden in The Age (30/8/2007, p.8).

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WA announces 2007 Dry Season Assistance Scheme; grants of up to $8000 to help minimise impacts of drought

Posted by waterweek on 26 September 2007

WA Premier Alan Carpenter announced a $9.3 million drought assistance package – the 2007 Dry Season Assistance Scheme (DSAS) – for farmers in the WA wheatbelt to enable struggling farmers to apply for grants of up to $8000 to help minimise impacts of the drought, reported Farm Weekly, (30/08/2007, p.4).

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Western Australian Mt Gibson iron ore project has approved water allocation of 5.5 gigalitres per annum from Tathra field, which sources Parmelia aquifer

Posted by waterweek on 21 September 2007

Western Australian Minister for Agriculture and Food Kim Chance answered two of four questions about the Mt Gibson iron ore mine and its effect on neighbouring aquifers from Greens MLC Giz Watson in the Western Australian Legislative Council on 28 August 2007.

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WA: Rainfall around much of the state’s agricultural area in July improves rural confidence; farmers optimistic of higher incomes after a dull year

Posted by waterweek on 21 September 2007

Rural confidence had improved slightly in WA, following rainfall around much of the state’s agricultural area in July and strong commodity prices positively impacting farmers’ confidence levels with improvement in wheat prices and relatively strong wool prices, reported Farm Weekly, (30/08/2007, p.23).

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Studies in WA-279-P for Blacktip devt find diverse and abundant marine life fauna, Drillsearch report shows

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

There was limited information available concerning the benthic communities in the permit area; however, a previous study by Bowman Bishaw Gorham (unpublished data for Blacktip Project) encountered sandy substrates containing shell and crustacean fragments, and pebbles of terrestrial origin, according to the Drillsearch Energy Limited, Drilling of Marina-1 Exploration Well EPBC Referral Submission (24/7/2007). Read the rest of this entry »

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Sophisticated grey water recycling could produce 22 gigalitres of potable water – half amount produced by new WA desalination plant, says MP

Posted by waterweek on 14 September 2007

The Water Services Association of Australia reported that all capital cities would have to find new sources of water such as desalination and recycling, said MP Stuart Henry in the Federal House of Representatives on 14 August 2007.

Grey water recycling advocated: “An earlier report by this association poured cold water on the idea of grey water recycling,” Henry said, “apparently because of potential health and environmental impacts and that such a measure did not save much water anyway. I think they are wrong on all counts. I am aware of work that was done in the early 1990s in Perth that demonstrated that, with an effective grey water retrofit program, an additional 22 gigalitres of potable water could be created and/or saved.”

Grey water technology much improved: “Twenty-two gigalitres is about half the potable water produced by the new desalination plant in Western Australia. Its capacity is 45 gigalitres and cost some $400 million. On top of that you have significant energy costs in terms of greenhouse gases plus some threat to the marine environment. The sophistication of grey water systems has improved greatly and, coupled with appropriate management strategies, threats to health and the environment are negligible. The community forums I have conducted to date have been well attended. The community wants to have — and needs to have — information on all the options available to them and to have a choice.”

Reference: Stuart Henry, Federal Member for Hasluck, House of Representative, Commonwealth, 14 August 2007.

Erisk Net, 19/8/2007

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