Archived News for Green Sector Professionals - April, 2013
The country’s first Enhanced Geothermal Systems generated power has begun entering the grid after Geodynamics Limited 1MWe Habanero Pilot Plant came online earlier this week.
Queensland Government goes to war with flying foxes
The Queensland Government has once again devolved into shrieking, bellicose rhetoric in continuing its self-proclaimed ‘war on green tape’ after State Environment Minister, Andrew Powell, announced changes to the management of flying fox roosts in urban areas.
Queensland promises funding for Gladstone partnership
The Queensland Government has announced it will shell out $4 million over the next two years towards the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership, provided industry matches the contribution.
Forestry legislation passes Tassie Parliament
The Tasmanian Government has announced the passing of legislation through the State Parliament which delivers protection for 137,000 hectares of forest with high conservation value, including the iconic areas of Tyenna, Hastings, Picton and the Upper Florentine.
High-speed greenhouse gas breakthrough
A team of scientists have discovered how to measure greenhouse gases up to 200,000 faster than currently used as a result of research by a PHS student from the University of Western Australia and a US team.
New research collaboration to deliver air and water assessment
A new research collaboration between the University of Queensland and three leading research institutes in Brazil will seek to deliver groundbreaking new guidelines to assess air and water quality in mining regions.
New treatment plant officially open for business
The new $94 million water treatment plan in Corio, Victoria has officially opened for business, and is set to save en estimated 2 billion litres of drinking water every year.
Queensland announces drought support
The Queensland Government has declared 13 Local Government Areas drought stricken, which collectively represent a third of the entire state.
WA public given access to environmental nitty gritty
The Western Australian public will now have access to mining companies’ dirty environmental linen after the State Government passed legislation that allows the general public access to detailed environmental plans.
Government scuppers trawler bid again
The bid to see the super trawler Abel Tasman operate in Australian waters has taken another blow after the Federal Government barred two large complementary commercial fishing vessels from operating in the Small Pelagic Fishery for two years.
Government extends reef rescue plan
The Federal Government has announced it will provide a further $200 million for the extension of a plan that provides landholders and farmers with funding to stop the flow of chemicals into the Great Barrier Reef.
SA kicks in $5 million for Port Pirie study
The South Australian Government has announced it will contribute $5 million towards the funding of a feasibility study into the proposed upgrade of Nyrstar’s Port Pirie operations.
Victoria outlines Gippsland plan
The Victorian Government has outlined its new Gippsland Lakes Environmental Strategy plan, outlining a range of strategies the Government says will protect the region’s iconic lakes.
1 million solar rooftops connected
The Federal Government has welcomed news that over 1 million rooftop solar panels supported by the Renewable Energy Target (RET) have been installed since 2007.
20th century reverses 1400 years of global cooling
The 20th century has seen an almost complete reversal of over 1400 years of constant cooling temperatures, a new international study has found.
Aussies travel around the world 5.8 million times in 2012
Vehicles in Australia travelled 232.4 billion kilometres in 2012, enough to travel the circumference of the earth about 5.8 million times, according to figures from the ABS Survey of Motor Vehicle Use released today.
Government outlines NRM funding
The Federal Government has announced it will continue to support Natural Resources Management organisations (NRMS), with $669 million to continue work over the coming five years.
Musselroe Wind Farm online
The Tasmanian Government has announced the first turbines at the new Musselroe Wind Farm have begun generating energy into the Tasmanian electricity grid.
Satellite images confirm fish kill cause
New satellite images from NASA have confirmed that the mass fish kills across South Australian waters last month was likely caused by a naturally occurring algal bloom.
Tasmania releases climate discussion paper
Tasmanians now have the opportunity to help form the State Government’s climate change following the release of a new issues paper.
Healthier cities healthier people finds UQ
Australians will be happier, healthier and safer if they look after the nature spots in their cities, new research from the University of Queensland (UQ) has found.