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  • Who watches the waters? The end of the National Water Commission

    Posted 16/05/2014 by Kate Loynes
    The National Water Commission (NWC) is to be dissolved, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann confirmed on Monday. Established during the millennium drought, the NWC is an independent statutory authority designed to monitor the progress of national water reform, but its role changed and expanded over the years. What has the NWC been doing? Read more...

    TAGS: water

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  • The sun sets on solar hot water rebates

    Posted 29/02/2012 by Anita Talberg
    The Government has ended its solar hot water rebate initiative, the Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme (REBS). An announcement was made yesterday that henceforth REBS rebates will only be eligible to those people who have had systems installed, ordered or purchased before 28 February 2012, and lodged a claim before 30 June 2012. Although the scheme was always meant to end on 30 June 2012, this is the first time a purchase cut-off date has been publicised. Besides providing prospective applicants with... Read more...

    TAGS: climate change, renewable energy, solar hot water

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  • Draft Basin Plan and Environmental water

    Posted 15/12/2011 by Alan Payne
    The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) released the long-awaited Draft Basin Plan on 28 November 2011. The plan will be available for public comment until 16 April 2012. The MDBA also released a Socio-economic analysis of the plan, and a plain English summary, Delivering a healthy working basin, that is intended to put the ideas into a broader context. Criticism began almost as soon as the document went out.But first, what is the purpose of the plan, and what does it propose? The draft Bas... Read more...

    TAGS: Murray-Darling Basin, water

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