The South Australian Government has announced work has started on the $30 million wetlands project in Adelaide’s South that will, at capacity, capture 2.8 billion litres of stormwater each year.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, South Australian Minister said the project would reduce reliance on mains water and provide a more sustainable water source for irrigating local parks, reserves and sports fields.

“Wetlands will be constructed at Happy Valley and Reynella East, and enhanced at Seaford Rise and Aldinga Beach to capture, treat and store stormwater for reuse,” he said.

A report published by the Grattan Institute has found that the Federal Government’s carbon tax is a good start, but more policy action will be required to make significant emission cuts by mid-century.

The Northern Territory Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has announced the establishment of two active watching briefs into incidents in the Edith River in December last year.

Mining giant Xstrata has released a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for its planned $270 million expansion of its McArthur River Mining (NRM) operations, with the company saying the project will ‘deliver more benefits for the Northern Territory than first thought’.

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