Water Journal : Water Journal August 2011
crosscurrent 16 AUGUST 2011 water regular features brokers, with an aim of sharing information on R&D and promoting knowledge and adoption of research outcomes to the industry. Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has called on the Government to alter the powers of the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) to include water licences. The MDBA said trades of water allocations from above to below the Barmah Choke will be allowed in the 2011--12 water year. Victoria An extension of the rainwater tank grant scheme for bushfire-affected households has been announced. The scheme provides grants of up to $1000 for residents to purchase and install rainwater tanks as they rebuild homes destroyed in the 2009 Victorian bushfires. Residents of Victoria's Basin are encouraged to nominate for membership of Victoria's Basin Plan Advisory Group. The advisory group will help ensure that Victoria's response to the plan genuinely reflects the interests and concerns of affected Basin communities. The Government-owned metropolitan Melbourne water businesses, City West Water, South East Water, Yarra Valley Water and Melbourne Water, are kicking off an extensive community engagement effort to support the development of a Water Supply & Demand Strategy and obtain feedback on a rethink of water restrictions and permanent water-saving rules. Western Australia The WA Goldfields Water Supply Scheme has been added to the National Heritage List. When work began at the end of the 19th century, the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme was regarded as the largest engineering undertaking of its kind in the world. Queensland Sandgate MP, Vicky Darling, has been endorsed by Caucus as Queensland's Environment Minister, filling the Cabinet position left vacant by Kate Jones. KBR has been selected to execute engineering design services for three coal seam gas (CSG) pipelines designed to carry CSG from gasfields in central Queensland to an export facility on Curtis Island. The project will be executed for the McConnell Dowell/CCC joint venture (MCJV) on behalf of clients Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) and Asia Pacific LNG (APLNG). South Australia Residents in Adelaide's south will now use high-quality recycled water in and around their properties following the completion of the $62.6 million Southern Urban Reuse Project. The project has the capacity to provide up to 1.6 billion litres of recycled water each year to about 8000 new homes in the southern suburbs of Adelaide. New high-tech infrastructure is being installed across the south- east of South Australia to better monitor the region's groundwater resources. The Department for Water has received a $111,500 grant from the Bureau of Meteorology to install 13 water level data loggers and deepen up to 34 groundwater monitoring wells. The Gillard Government has signed off on $78 million for a major new project to improve the health of the Murray River, with works to begin this winter. Federal Water and Environment Minister, Tony Burke, and South Australia's Water and Environment Minister, Paul Caica, have outlined $86.7 million for a new project to improve the river's health and resilience of its wetlands and floodplains from the Victorian border to Wellington. South Australian Minister for the River Murray, Paul Caica, has welcomed the findings of a high-level science review into the Murray-Darling Basin Authority Guide to the proposed Basin Plan. The review, by the Goyder Institute for Water Research, examined the implications of three environmental water recovery scenarios proposed by the MDBA. South Australia and Victoria have settled the constitutional challenge to Victoria's water trading rules. The states have reached an agreement that gives South Australia the right to purchase water from Victoria to meet any potential shortfall in critical human needs supply, and that Victoria will provide South Australia with permanent rights to store water in upstream storages such as the Hume and Dartmouth dams. New South Wales Comdain Infrastructure has been awarded a contract by State Water Corporation to oversee the planning and installation of water meters in two concurrent projects -- the NSW Metering Scheme Murray Pilot Project and Murrumbidgee Metering Project -- which will see up to 1,200 new water meters installed in the Murray and Murrumbidgee valleys. Flood recovery grants of up to $15,000 are now available to eligible primary producers and small businesses in the south- east of NSW and parts of the Central West. The grants cover costs of damage to farm buildings, pastures and crops, trading stock, purchase of fodder, disposal of dead livestock, fencing, equipment and plant and infrastructure, including damage to property access and internal roads.
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