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.
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The O’Farrell government must support increased environmental returns in its imminent response to the revised Murray Darling Basin plan or risk the health of the river and NSW’s long term economic future, says Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon in an extended ‘Matter of Public Importance’ speech to the Senate today about NSW’s role in the challenge of restoring th
Five mining exploration licences cover the headwaters of the Orara and the Nymboida Rivers, the drinking water catchments for approximately 150,000 people between Yamba and Sawtell. Minerals known to occur in the ore bodies being targetted include mercury, antimony, arsenic and lead. All are highly toxic minerals that pose a great contamination risk to the water supply for the region.
Orange City Councillor Neil Jones, a longterm opponent of Orange City Council's Macquarie River Pipeline Project, has challenged Council to explain why they have fowarded the Draft Environmental Assesment for the Project to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure, when they are yet to finalize the pipeline route and acces
The Greens have called on Finance and Services Minister Greg Pearce to replace two members of his newly appointed Independent Water Advisory Panel.
Dr Kaye said: "While we welcome the appointment of many of Australia's leading water planning experts, Professor George Kuczera was a vocal supporter of the discredited Tillegra Dam proposal.
Greens NSW MP John Kaye welcomed Hunter Water's belated acknowledgement of the policy of two successive governments to not build Tillegra Dam. However both the utility and Finance and Service Minister Greg Pearce must reject the Native Dog Creek proposal and set up an independent land use planning process.