Snowy River release welcome but profits undermine full benefits

While strongly welcoming the release of 84 billion litres of water into the Snowy River below Lake Jindabyne, Greens NSW MP John Kaye said that the environmental benefits could have been far greater if the timing of the flow had been better managed.
Dr Kaye, commenting on the peak releases which begin today, said: "The lower Snowy River desperately needs scouring flows to remove the silt built up over the four decades since the completion of Jindabyne Dam.
"However, the entire release is being shoehorned into just 19 days, with only four days of build up until flows exceed 4 billion litres of water a day.
"This tight schedule is a long way from the pre-scheme behaviour of the river and poses a real risk to downstream wild life.

Will bulldozers return under the O'Farrell government?

Greens MP and environment spokesperson Cate Faehrmann says the dark
days of bulldozers and chains could return with news the O'Farrell
government is reviewing land clearing laws.

"Unfortunately we now have an Environment Minister who sees the
success of the state's native vegetation laws in stopping land

Clean Up Australia Day


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Protecting Central Coast Water


The Central Coast Greens are working to protect our drinking, agricultural and environmental water resources.

We oppose the Calga sand quarry expansion because of its effects on local water supplies. We are against the proposed Wallarah2 coal mine because of the impacts on local streams, rivers and groundwater.

Greens call for Sydney Water to pay up for pipe repairs

The O'Farrell government should order Sydney Water to stop demanding home owners repair pipes and connections that are not on their own property, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

('$11k bill for pipe fix stinks', Sunday Telegraph, 5 May, p. 23,

The end of a long saga: Tillegra and Tillegra-lite off the agenda

Greens NSW MP John Kaye welcomed the decision of the O'Farrell government to remove new dams from the list of options being considered for the Lower Hunter Water plan.

('Dams off the agenda', Newcastle Herald, 2 May 2013,

Sinodinos and Australian Water donations show reform overdue

The controversy surrounding Australian Water Holdings and its former chair Arthur Sinodinos over donations to both federal and NSW Coalition parties and AWH's links with a company associated with Eddie Obeid underlines why the federal government and opposition should back political donation reform, Australian Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.

Sydney Water sacrifices households and environment to pump up profits and justify desalination

The cancellation of water efficiency programs is designed to push up Sydney Water's dividend payments and hide the money wasted on the Kurnell desalination plant, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

('Water wise, dollar dumb' Sydney Morning Herald, page 1,

Barry O'Farrell needs to wise-up his federal colleagues on water planning

The Greens are calling on NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell to deliver a water planning training session to his federal colleagues before they commit NSW to dams that are unnecessary, expensive and damaging to the environment.

('Tony Abbott's bold water plan leaked', Daily Telegraph, 14 Feb, page 1,

Dead fish swamp Lake Boort