Archived News for Green Sector Professionals - May, 2011
The Queensland State Government has proposed substantial savings after it promised to ‘take a razor to green tape in Queensland’.
Environment and Resource Management Minister Kate Jones has released a statewide Greentape Reduction Project aimed at simplifying and expediting environmental approvals for businesses starting up operations in Queensland.
Ms Jones said businesses and the community are invited to comment on the proposed reforms under the Government’s Smart Regulatory Reform Agenda which will deliver major improvements to the licensing and approval processes under the Environmental Protection Act 1994.
Local government is being challenged to take bold action on climate change and to show strong community leadership at a recent national roundtable held at the University of Technology.
Climate Change Minister Greg Combet has warned climate policy will become "the poisoned chalice" of politics for the next 10 years if the Federal government fails to introduce its carbon tax.
The planned Chepstowe wind farm in Central Victoria has received government approval following discussions between Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)
$4.9 million to help local communities protect and improve their renewable natural resources has been announced by the Western Australian Government
An international team, of scientists, led by a team at Monash University has found the key to the hydrogen economy could come from a very simple mineral, commonly seen as a black stain on rocks.
The Queensland Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence (QGECE) has been officially opened at the University of Queensland, with funding of $15 million from the Queensland Government allocated in 2007.
The Senate Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee has called for submissions to its inquiry into the impact of mining of coal seam gas on the management of the Murray Darling Basin.
The Federal Government has announced the Sustainable Australia - Sustainable Communities strategy which aims to outline ‘key directions’ to population changes that ‘support the economic, environmental and social wellbeing’ of Australia.
The universities of Queensland, Newcastle, Monash and Western Australia have committed to a joint venture in the foundation of the International Energy Centre (IEC) to be opened by 2012.
The Federal Government has announced the formation of a new National Urban Policy, providing $181.4 designed to ‘progress a range of practical measures which will promote more productive, sustainable and liveable cities.’
James Cook university has been allocated $5 million from the Federal Government’s $20 million Biofuels Research institute to establish a ‘foundation project’ to oversee the development of a ‘significant next-generation’ Biofuels Study
As part of its commitment to establish the $20 million Australian Biofuels Research Institute, the Federal budget has provided $5 million for a foundation project at James Cook University in Townsville.
The Chief Executive of the South Australian Environmental Protection Authority Helen Fulcher has advised the SA Government she will retire when her contract ends on August 31 this year.
A draft marine bioregional plan and a Commonwealth marine reserve network proposal for the South-west Marine Region have been released for public consultation.