Water Journal : Water Journal June 2014
JUNE 2014 WATER 15 CrossCurrent Irrigators across the state will have important water property rights restored following the introduction of a Bill into NSW Parliament today that will overhaul water management in NSW. Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water, Kevin Humphries, said the Water Management Amendment Bill 2014 is a vital reform that will provide security for holders of supplementary water licences and oodplain harvesting licences. Work on the $50 million expansion of Tamworth's Chaffey Dam will soon be underway following the awarding of the contract to construction rm John Holland. The project will increase the storage's capacity from 62,000ML to 100,000ML to secure the water supply for the city of Tamworth and Peel Valley Water Users. Farmers in north-west NSW have launched legal proceedings to force CSG company Santos to produce all of the information it holds relating to possible contamination of two water bores on a farmer's property south of Narrabri. In 2012, a farmer whose land adjoins a Santos CSG site found that his household drinking bore had turned foul and he has not been able to use it again. Another bore on the property, closer to the CSG site, has also shown effects of possible contamination. Northern Territory NT Chief Minister, Adam Giles, has appointed three new Parliamentary Secretaries to enhance the Government's engagement with the community in key portfolios. "The Giles Government has big plans for the Territory's future and I am keen to ensure that we bring Territorians with us as we pursue opportunities to develop and grow," Chief Minister Adam Giles said. Queensland The Australian Government's drought-concessional loans scheme for Queensland and NSW has been approved by the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said farmers in Queensland and NSW will soon be able to apply for a concessional loan to both help them through the current drought conditions and to recover when conditions improve. The Queensland Government's commitment to providing safe, reliable energy and water for all Queenslanders has received a further boost in the 2014--15 State Budget. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the Budget carefully balanced increases in education, health and community services spending, while not introducing or raising any new taxes or reducing services. Well-above average rainfall in the northern coastal areas of Queensland has seen drought declarations in Burke, Carpentaria and Doomadgee Shires revoked. However, the Charters Towers Regional Council area would become fully drought-declared as the dry weather conditions continued in the region. Farmers on Cape York Peninsula will bene t from the removal of a moratorium by the Queensland Government that blocked new water uses from accessing Cape York's water resources for irrigation. Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Andrew Cripps, said he had a strong plan for the future of Cape York's water resources, with the removal of the moratorium creating opportunities for economic development in the region. New recreational opportunities are being considered at Hinze Dam on the Gold Coast and the community is being invited to have its say. Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle said it was part of the most extensive review of recreation of South-East Queensland dams and catchments ever undertaken. The discussion paper covers the various activities currently available and provides an avenue for the community to formally submit any opportunities they see for recreation at the lake. New applications for water and sewerage connections must be lodged directly with Queensland Urban Utilities instead of local councils from 1 July 2014. Under the State Government's new water approvals process, applications for water and sewerage connections will be processed by Queensland Urban Utilities for its ve regions including Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset. South Australia SA water prices for next nancial year will be capped at CPI, SA Minister for Water and the River Murray, Ian Hunter, has announced. Minister Hunter said the move was in line with a commitment to ensure water prices rose by no more than the CPI for the next two nancial years. "Last year, this Government introduced the economic regulation of SA Water by the Essential Services Commission of South Australia," he said. "ESCOSA now caps the amount of revenue that SA Water can collect, delivering greater transparency and accountability on water pricing." A group tasked with determining the most feasible options to meet the water demands of a growing Cairns will investigate various water supply and storage options, as well as methods of demand management and opportunities for increased use of recycled water. Paul Gregory, Chair of the Water Security Advisory Committee and a former Cairns Councillor, said he was pleased with the general direction of the meetings so far. Victoria Central Highlands Water customers will receive an average $200 off water bills over the next four years with the Victorian Coalition Government's successful Fairer Water Bills initiative. Premier Denis Napthine said the savings would be achieved by reducing the Water Access Fee, a xed charge applicable to all homeowners and businesses that are Central Highlands Water customers. Victorian Minister for Water, Peter Walsh, has celebrated Nhill becoming connected to world-standard quality drinking water. Mr Walsh said the $9.6 million project meant residents no longer had to rely on rainwater tanks or packaged water for drinking and food preparation.
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