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4 October 2007: Emergency action: NSW Department of Water and Energy to “review” all NSW dam releases

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

It appeared the NSW Department of Water and Energy had frozen all dam releases. This was believed to result from an unpublished decision of State Minister’s Senior Officials’ Group (SOG). Read the rest of this entry »

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Greens support Federal plebiscite bill says Greens leader: Positive for democracy

Posted by waterweek on 27 September 2007

The Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Democratic Plebiscites) Bill 2007 could be the greatest contribution to democracy the government has made in its time in office, Greens leader Senator Bob Brown said in the Federal Senate on 17 September 2007.

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Adelaide’s Mt Lofty dam storage-capacity for only a year’s worth of water; SA Govt should stop dragging its heels on desal, says Turnbull

Posted by waterweek on 27 September 2007

The Federal Government had set the example on water provision for the future, and the South Australian Government should get on with it, said Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, in Federal Parliament (12/9/2007).

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Federal Water Resources Minister Malcolm Turnbull urges Queensland to cancel planned sale of 8000 gigalitres of water from Warrego

Posted by waterweek on 27 September 2007

According to Sophie Morris, Federal Water Resources Minister Malcolm Turnbull this week urged Queensland to cancel a planned sale of 8000 gigalitres of water from the Warrego River, reported The Australian Financial Review (15/9/2007, p. 4).

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Seawater desalination costs over three Australian cities could vary from AUD $1.15 to $3.00 a cubic metre of product water (USD $0.95- 2.50)

Posted by waterweek on 27 September 2007

Consultants to the Australian Prime Minister on water supply options for Australian cities noted that low cost water supply options depended on “favourable locations and situations” for the options, wrote the WWF’s Phil Dickie.

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Vict Govt opts for PPP model to design, build and operate new desal plant by 2011

Posted by waterweek on 27 September 2007

The Victorian Government opted for a public private partnership (PPP) model to design, build and operate the new desalination plant by 2011, reported The Australian (22/9/2007, p.41).

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Murray Darling Basin water prices shoot up 180 per cent last year on temporary trading market; National decline in water storage levels

Posted by waterweek on 27 September 2007

Water prices shot up by 180 per cent last year on the temporary trading market as irrigators scrambled to top up supplies, reported The Age (31/7/2007, p.2).

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150 gigalitre Victorian desalination plant part of $4.9 billion water reform package; ABN AMRO involved in financing of $6 billion of the $8 billion PPPs last year

Posted by waterweek on 27 September 2007

According to Adele Ferguson, the Victorian Government will use a public private partnership model to build the $3.1 billion desalination plant, reported in The Australian (20/9/2007, p. 20). ABN AMRO executive direc­tor of structured finance Geoff Daley said the investment bank was talking to various participants to try to get a role. ABN AMRO was involved in the financing of $6 billion of the $8 billion PPPs last year.

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If permanent plantings in Murray-Darling Basin die, it will cost up to $4 billion to replace them; water propels to top of political agenda

Posted by waterweek on 27 September 2007

According to Selina Mitchell and Paul Maley, the unprecedented crisis in the Murray-Darling Basin has propelled water to the top of the political agenda, reported The Australian (22/9/2007, p. 1).

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Rainfall figures going back 100 years in Sydney’s catchment area show an alarming long-term pattern; extreme events determine water levels

Posted by waterweek on 27 September 2007

 Rainfall figures going back 100 years in Sydney’s catchment area show an alarming long-term pattern, reported The Sydney Morning Herald (22/9/2007, p. 25). Before 1992, in a key part of the Warragamba catchment, Moss Vale, there was one of these events on average every 15 months. From 1992 till June this year, there was just one such event in 15 years – the flood of 1998. Apart from that year, Trewin says, there has been almost a complete lack of the those extreme events. June was the first time in seven years when a downpour in Moss Vale cracked the 200-millimetre mark.

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Proposed Vic enviro protection regs: large commercial and industrial energy, water users to develop Environment and Resource Efficiency Plan (EREP)

Posted by waterweek on 27 September 2007

Notice was given in accordance with section ii of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 of the proposed making of the Environment Protection (Environment, and Resource Efficiency Plans) Regulations 2007, in The Age (21/9/2007, p.17).

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Spaghetti spike: Cost of 1kg of durum flour, used to make pasta, risen in last two months from $A0.43 to $A0.75 result of increasing demand for biofuels

Posted by waterweek on 27 September 2007

According to Colleen Barry, Italians will soon be paying up to 20 per cent more for their daily serving of pasta, be it fettuccine, linguine or spaghetti, reported The Canberra Times (15/9/2007, p. 21). On the Bologna market, the cost of 1kg of durum flour, used to make pasta, had risen in just the last two months from 0.26 euros ($A0.43) to $A0.75, Bragagnolo said. In the Italian supermarket, that would translate by the end of the year into an increase of $A0.20 – $A0.23 on a 500g package, which now typically cost from $A0.99 to $A1.49.

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Iran unveils new home-grown fighter jet: “Our forces like a thunderbolt will blind the eyes of the enemies of our land”

Posted by waterweek on 27 September 2007

Iran has unveiled a new home-grown fighter jet amid growing tensions with the United States, and said the plane could “blind the eyes” of its enemies, reported The Canberra Times (22/9/2007, p.15).

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“The Iraq war is largely about oil”, says ex-US Fed Reserve chair, Alan Greenspan

Posted by waterweek on 27 September 2007

Former Federal Reserve chair Alan Greenspan created another Iraq-related crisis for the Bush Administration, alleging in his new memoir that “the Iraq war is largely about oil”, reported The Canberra Times (18/9/2007, p.7).

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Melbourne’s desalination: environmental vandalism and economic madness: cheaper to pipe water 350k from Tasmania Lake Margaret, across Bass Strait

Posted by waterweek on 26 September 2007

Brumby has inherited one of the most extraordinary decisions of the Bracks government – to invest about $3 billion in a desalination plant in Wonthaggi and another $1 billion to pipe water over the Great Divide into the Melbourne reticulation system, reported The Age, (2/8/2007, p.15).

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Analysis of “metabolism” of cities shows big cities just get richer; rich cities get bigger; and superlinear boom followed by a bust

Posted by waterweek on 26 September 2007

With help from their collaborators at Arizona State University, Tempe, and Dresden University of Technology in Germany, West and Bettencourt tracked down all sorts of information about the “metabolism” of cities, including the number of gasoline stations and laundries, electrical power usage and the total wages earned. Their database, assembled with the aid of the internet from hundreds of cities across the US, Europe and China, is the first important outcome of the project. It was reported in Proceedings of the National Academy Of Sciences, vol104, P 7301

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Pulp mill in Tasmania to lead to massive deforestation: and 10 million tonnes of greenhouse emissions every year, Greens Senator says

Posted by waterweek on 26 September 2007

Christine Milne, Senator for Tasmania, Australian Greens Party, recorded in the Senate Hansard, Commonwealth of Australia, 11 September 2007 said the Gunns pulp mill in Tasmania has not been assessed for its greenhouse gas emissions.

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Seals swimming up to 2000 kilometres through Antarctic waters to find a meal, raising suggestions that something has disrupted Southern Ocean food supply

Posted by waterweek on 26 September 2007

Taronga Zoo marine specialists were fighting to save the life of the second Antarctic leopard seal to be washed up on a Sydney beach in a week. Leopard seals were very rare in Sydney’s waters, said Geoff Ross, a wildlife management officer with the National Parks and Wildlife Service: “We might see one every two or three years.” he said finding two in a week was extraordinary. “They are Antarctic ice dwellers which seldom wander further north than Macquarie Island.”

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South Australia’s Murray irrigators urged to put permanent plantings ahead of annuals in $1.2 billion drought; grain shortages predicted

Posted by waterweek on 26 September 2007

The drought cut $1.2 billion from the state economy in 2006-07, with the State Government predicting in the June Budget an end to drought would return economic growth to 4 per cent this financial year, according to Nigel Austin, rural editor, reported The Advertiser (17/9/2007, p. 7).

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Underground dams to store recycled sewage water, stormwater for later use: Fed Govt to spend $50m on action plan

Posted by waterweek on 26 September 2007

Underground dams could store recycled sewage water and stormwater for later use by cities, Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull said, reported The Australian (20/9/2007, p.2).

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Record low River Murray total inflow of nearly 934 gigalitres in 2006-07 56 per cent below previous minimum

Posted by waterweek on 26 September 2007

South Australia’s Minister for the River Murray K.A. Maywald told the South Australian House of Assembly on 11 September 2007 that in 2006-07 total inflows to the River Murray were nearly 934 gigalitres, which was 56 per cent below the previous minimum inflows of 1,676 gigalitres back in 1914-15.

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Fertiliser application computer model for radiata pine forests increases both the yield and profitability of wood production

Posted by waterweek on 26 September 2007

The findings from a major study into applying fertiliser to radiata pine forests have been used to create a computer model that helps forest managers increase both the yield and profitability of wood production, according to Dr Barrie May.

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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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Deficient rainfall wash away WA growers’ hopes of cashing on record high grain prices caused by tightening world supplies; Outlook gloomy says Agriculture Department

Posted by waterweek on 26 September 2007

Despite the lure of record high grain prices caused by tightening world supplies and a flurry of futures trading activity across the globe, nothing could be done to manufacture rainfall this year to help WA growers achieve a bumper harvest, reported Farm Weekly, (30/08/2007, p.4).

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SE Qld water reforms: reduced number of councils from 17 to 10; ownership of dams and weirs rationalised into single bulk-supply entity owned by govt

Posted by waterweek on 26 September 2007

A series of changes to water policy in southeast Queensland were announced by Anna Bligh, Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Infrastructure, in the State Legislative Assembly (4/9/2007).

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Murray River salinity level rising above target – 800 EC for 95 per cent of the time; dilution flows allow control until 2008

Posted by waterweek on 26 September 2007

South Australia’s Minister for the River Murray, K.A. Maywald, gave the South Australian House of Assembly a short lesson on the ecology of the river and its flood plains on 11 September 2007.

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Benchmarks are now set at a flat rate per head for ACT GHG emissions until 2012

Posted by waterweek on 26 September 2007

The ACT Government’s greenhouse gas abatement scheme, when introduced, had targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions per head from 2005 to 2007 that were now set at a flat rate per head until 2012, which meant that, given that the government was aiming for a population of 500,000 by 2030, greenhouse gas emissions from the ACT could continue to rise overall, said the Greens’ Dr Deb Foskey in the ACT Legislative Assembly on 23 August 2007.

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Coalition divided over water policy: PM’s commitment opposed by sectional interest, says Labor MP

Posted by waterweek on 26 September 2007

The debate over how to resolve the overallocation of water had revealed the real division over water policy in Australia is between the reformers on one side and the blockers in the National Party on the other, said Labor MP Anthony Albanese in the Federal Parliament on 14 August 2007.

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$2 billion Australian water fund untouched; not a single drop of environmental flow has gone back into Murray: Labor questions Govt commitment

Posted by waterweek on 26 September 2007

Although the 500 gigalitres of water the Federal Government had committed to putting back into the Murray was only a third of what was needed, even that had not been achieved over the last three years, said Labor’s shadow Treasurer Simon Crean in the Federal Parliament on 14 August 2007.

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Nine threatened species may occur in MEO NT/P68 Timor Sea drill, off NT coast

Posted by waterweek on 25 September 2007

Nine threatened species and a number of migratory species, listed marine species and cetaceans may potentially occur in the region, but no threatened communities were known or likely to occur, according to a statement by the permit holders of NT/P68, TSP Arafura Petroleum Pty Ltd and Oz-Exoil Pty Ltd (6/8/2007).
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