Australian farmers want excess water from large floods to be ‘banked’ in aquifers for use in dry times. A survey by the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT), which included ILWS researchers, shows that farmers in the Namoi catchment area in the Murray Darling Basin (MDB) mainly support water banking, or storing extra water underground, from large floods.
A looming election, a $17 billion dollar shortfall in revenue, and education reforms and a disability insurance scheme to fund, has set the scene for the federal Budget on Tuesday 14 May.
An ILWS expert in international trade has highlighted the costs and benefits of the farm finance support package announced last weekend by the Federal government.
A Canadian rail expert will speak at a seminar in Blayney on Friday 10 May about the potential for the redevelopment of freight railways in regional areas and how interstate and overseas railways have been revived for national and local benefit.
A national meeting, run by ILWS, will this week debate what information Australia needs to meet its international obligations for its inland and coastal wetlands covered by the international Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Read more
Environment educators meet in Albury
9 April 2013
Environmental educators from across the Murray Darling Basin have gathered this week at CSU in Albury-Wodonga to describe their opportunities and problems and discuss collaborations in the coming year. The meeting, on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 April,is being hosted by the Regional Centre for Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development (RCE-MD) based at CSU.
For whom the Bell Frog calls
19 March 2013
ILWS PhD candidate Ms Carmen Amos is yet to see the elusive Southern Bell Frog, a threatened species in NSW, but the fact that she heard one call was “incredibly exciting”. It is the first time in more than 30 years that a Southern Bell Frog had been reported in the lower Lachlan catchment in the central west NSW.
China producing more, polluting less
12 March 2013
Research by ILWS researchers, including Professor John Hicks, into a decade of development in China provides little support for the so-called ‘pollution haven’ hypothesis and indicates that this is an inappropriate argument to be used against the introduction of pollution abatement measures, such as the carbon tax, in developed economies.
Seeking residents' views on nature and conservation
5 March 2013
Two ILWS researchers want to learn more about what the residents of Thurgoona and Wirlinga on the north-east edge of Albury know and understand about conservation and the plants and animals that live in the area.