SBS AAP 25 February 2015
Australians have been reassured that fluoride in drinking water is effective and safe, despite international studies linking it to lower IQs and thyroid problems.
The National Health and Medical Research Council expects to maintain its support for fluoridation of water supplies, based on the findings of a review so far. The NHMRC review of scientific evidence on water fluoridation and health is being conducted by University of Sydney researchers.
The NHMRC is expected to release a draft paper on the findings of its fluoride review by the end of the year.
AWA E-News 2 March 2015
The Hawke Report into hydraulic fracturing has been tabled in Parliament and the public will now have an opportunity to provide feedback on its findings. “The Inquiry aimed to separate the actual environmental risks from the perceived risks and clear up some of the claims about fracking that have caused significant public concern.” More than 250 submissions were received, including one from AWA. The two key recommendations are: 1. Consistent with other Australian and international reviews, the environmental risks associated with hydraulic fracturing can be managed effectively subject to the creation of a robust regulatory regime. 2. The substantive weight of agreed expert opinion leads the Inquiry to find that there is no justification whatsoever for the imposition of a moratorium of hydraulic fracturing in the Northern Territory.
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Australian Water Association – 11 March 2015; Ship Inn South Brisbane
Speaker: Dr Tim Muster – Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Land & Water
Since the inception of the water industry, technology has been trialled and implemented to optimise efficiency, quality and security. The acceptance and usage of technology goes through a journey of rigours testing, research and proving before wide scale implementation is generally accepted. The focus of this talk is to provide insight on how a research organisation decides if a topic is worthy of research, and subsequently how it advances and brings technology to the market place.
Examples of successes and failures will be divulged with the audience. In addition, research that was parked till a future date will be explored and CSIRO will speak on the following current research topics:
Sewer Sentinel – a journey over time
Intelligent and smart water meters
Developing technology vs developing a market for the technology.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is the federal government agency for scientific research in Australia. CSIRO are at the forefront of research in Australia. The CSIRO strategic vision is that their science is used to make a profound and positive impact for the future of Australia and humanity.
Free to AWA members (FSS is a member)
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Sydney Morning Herald Peter Hannam 1 March 2015
Coal seam gas projects worth almost $50 billion are under fresh scrutiny, after allegations of rushed, incomplete approval processes that sidelined possible environmental impacts.
ABC Rural Eliza Rogers 27 Feb. 2015
Cane farmers hope a new taskforce to improve runoff into the Great Barrier Reef does not introduce red tape and spoil goodwill.
The reef now had its own portfolio in the Queensland Labor Government, and its minister is committing $100 million to improving water quality.
A taskforce representing the farming, resources, tourism, conservation and science sectors will review existing programs and advise the State Government on where to direct the funding.
Brisbane Times Tony Moore February 19, 2015
Dozens of Queensland farmers, a soft drink company and a global environmental movement have formed an unlikely partnership to improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef.
Farmers from Mackay, Burdekin and Whitsundays regions of Central Queensland on Thursday launched a video as part of Project Catalyst, which was funded by the cane farmers, the Coca Cola Foundation and the WWF-Australia.
The six-year project was managed by a series of not-for-profit land resource organisations working in the river catchments.
Sydney Morning Herald Peter Hannam 12 February 2015
The Baird government plans to spend an extra $23 million to improve water mapping and monitoring in the state and help douse community disquiet over major mining projects.
The NSW Office of Water will use the additional funds, to be spent over the next five years, to install a further 70 groundwater monitoring bores in priority areas.