Townsville Bulletin Anthony Templeton 5 February 2014
TOWNSVILLE City Council has secured a powerful ally in its push to save ratepayers millions of dollars by reducing the quality of wastewater being pumped into Cleveland Bay.
Ratepayers were up for an estimated $52 million to upgrade the Cleveland Bay wastewater treatment plant because of repairs and strict licence conditions that required a high level of purification, particularly during monsoonal rains when large volumes of water would need treatment.
The Guardian Oliver Milman 22 January 2014
Increased incidence of extreme weather poses greatest danger to drinking water supply, say University of NSW experts.
More needs to be done to protect Australia’s drinking water supplies from extreme weather events driven by climate change, a new report has warned. Analysis of 41 water utilities in Australia and the US found water quality was put at most risk by a combination of extreme weather events, such as bushfires and then a flood, rather than a single event.
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ABC News 31 January 2014
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has approved a proposal to dump dredge spoil from the Abbot Point coal terminal expansion in the Marine Park area.
Three million cubic metres of spoil must be dredged as part of the project at Bowen in North Queensland green-lighted by Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt last month.
ABC News Jake Sturmer 31 January 2013
The agency responsible for protecting the Great Barrier Reef is expected to make a decision today about whether it approves a plan to dump millions of cubic metres of dredge spoils in the World Heritage Listed area.
The ABC has obtained a discussion paper prepared for the environment minister’s office in May last year showing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority was likely to refuse the dredge-dumping plans.
Brisbane Times Tony Moore January 31, 2014
Two CSIRO scientists who last year found Gladstone Harbour to be healthy have been appointed to conduct a new independent inquiry into the harbour.
On Thursday Environment Minister Greg Hunt appointed Anthea Tinney and Ian Cresswell to help Andrew Johnson investigate how the protective bund wall in Gladstone leaked toxic dredge spoil in 2011.
On Friday the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will decide whether to allow dredge spoil from the Abbot Point to be dumped inside the reef’s marine park.
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Tagged Algal bloom, CSIRO, Curtis Island Qld, dredging, Fishing industry, Gladstone Harbour Qld, Liquefied natural gas (LNG)
ABC News 29 Jan 2014
More than 200 scientists are urging the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to reject a major port expansion in north Queensland.
In December, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt gave the go-ahead to the Abbot Point coal terminal expansion at Bowen in north Queensland.
Brisbane Times Tony Moore 28 January 2014
Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt will this week reveal details of a major inquiry into the leaking of dredge spoil onto the Great Barrier Reef.
The Port of Gladstone is being widened and deepened to allow the export of about $35 billion worth of liquid natural gas piped from central Queensland.
The terms of reference for the upcoming independent inquiry into the port’s failed bund wall will demand a ‘‘prompt turnaround’’ for the report.
EurekAlert 20 January 2014
New research finds significantly higher levels of infectious pathogens in water from faucet taps with aerators compared to water from deeper in the plumbing system. Contaminated water poses an increased risk for infection in immunocompromised patients. The study was published in the February issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.
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Sydney Morning Herald Peter Hannam 22 January 2014
Australia’s drinking water is highly vulnerable to weather extremes, and utilities need to act to limit the risks, a new study of Australian and US water suppliers shows.
Researchers surveyed operations of 41 utilities in the two countries, including Sydney Water and Melbourne Water, and found that climate change may affect the quality of drinking water as much as its availability.
The biggest risk comes from a combination of unusual weather-related events, such as a drought followed by bushfires and then a flood, rather than a single extreme phenomenon.
17 – 19 September 2014, Adelaide Convention Centre
AWA and the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) have opened up Call for Papers for Enviro’14 – a joint international conference and exhibition that will showcase the best that the water, waste, clean energy and clean air industries have to offer. The conference will bring together a diverse audience including business operators, government, researchers, policy makers, planners and more to consider tomorrow’s recycling technologies, sustainability practices and resource realignment initiatives. This is the perfect platform in Australia to advocate for your research, project or initiative and reach the key influencers across all four sectors. Submit your abstract by 3 February 2014 at www.enviroconvention.com.au
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