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Government abdicates responsibility for flood water harvesting in the Gwydir

December 18, 2020

The government has told landholders in the Gwydir to seek their own legal advice before diverting and capturing floodwaters that are likely to spill over the river’s banks in coming days.  The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment issued a statement at 6.30pm yesterday...

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Troy Grant appointment further undermines public confidence in water management in NSW

December 17, 2020

The National Party has taken cronyism to new heights with the appointment of a former NSW party leader as Interim Inspector-General of Water Compliance. [1]  “They’re not even pretending anymore,” Nature Conservation Council Chief Executive Chris Gambian said. “Troy Grant was in charge when...

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AGL cops record penalty after hazardous coal-ash sludge spill into Bayswater Creek

December 16, 2020

Energy giant AGL has paid a record amount in rehabilitation costs, legal fees and community payments after a pipeline at its Bayswater power station burst and released 1,440 cubic metres of hazardous coal ash into Bayswater Creek on September 4, 2019.  Clean-up and rehabilitation...

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25m clearing code must protect koalas and other threatened species

December 10, 2020

The code to operationalise the government’s new 25m land clearing law must protect threatened species habitat and be based on science and expert opinion, not political spin. “The 25m clearing law the government pushed through parliament last month was a reckless piece of legislation...

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Premier Berejiklian, please the save Menindee Lakes – Kakadu of the south

December 07, 2020

The Nature Conservation Council welcomes Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s decision to visit Menindee Lakes today to see first-hand the impact water management decisions are having on local communities and ecosystems. Ms Berejiklian’s visit coincides with the launch of the Nature Conservation Council’s Save Menindee Lakes...

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Vales Point power station’s billionaire beggars receive $62 million dividend

December 01, 2020

The Federal Government must withdraw its $8.7 million grant to Vales Point power station after revelations that owners Trevor St Baker and Brian Flannery took $62 million in dividends in FY2019-20. Details of the superprofit are contained in Financial Statements and Reports posted with...

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Basin plan delays are killing our rivers

November 26, 2020

New Queensland and ACT water ministers must hold firm against NSW and Victorian attempts to delay water recovery at tomorrow’s Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council meeting. “NSW continues to drag its feet on proper measurement, metering and monitoring of irrigation in the northern basin, while...

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Battle to save the Pilliga is not over yet

November 25, 2020

Conservation groups have vowed to continue the campaign to stop the Narrabri gas project despoiling the largest temperate forest in NSW. Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley yesterday approved the project that will convert the Pilliga into an industrial gas field. Nature Conservation Chief Executive...

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