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Offsets could triple cost of raising Warragamba Dam wall to $2 billion
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Biodiversity

Offsets could triple cost of raising Warragamba Dam wall to $2 billion

The cost of raising the wall of Sydney's biggest dam will triple to more than $2 billion unless the Berejiklian government can avoid paying for environment damage in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains area.

  • by Peter Hannam

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'It was terrible work': 20 years on, horses' cull still a bitter political issue
Animal rights

'It was terrible work': 20 years on, horses' cull still a bitter political issue

Two decades ago this Monday news broke of a horse cull, spurring a backlash that still reverberates in NSW politics.

  • by Nick O'Malley
Sydney's last wild river is at risk
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Sydney's last wild river is at risk

A $1 billion+plan to lift the Warragamba Dam Wall as much as 17m could lead to the flooding of the lower Kowmung and 6000 hectares of pristine wilderness.

IAG drops support for raising Warragamba Dam, citing risk to Indigenous sites
Indigenous culture

IAG drops support for raising Warragamba Dam, citing risk to Indigenous sites

The move, announced at the company's annual general meeting, has cheered traditional owners after Rio Tinto destroyed ancient Indigenous art in the Kimberley this year.

  • by Peter Hannam
'Just like a freight train': cicadas' song hints at bushfire bounceback
Biodiversity

'Just like a freight train': cicadas' song hints at bushfire bounceback

Wander in many parts of the Blue Mountains during the daytime and it's likely your ears will soon be ringing with the sound of countless cicadas singing for a mate.

  • by Peter Hannam
'Incredibly exciting': These marsupials are endangered. Now, there's new life and hope
Biodiversity

'Incredibly exciting': These marsupials are endangered. Now, there's new life and hope

Victoria’s tiny population of rare brush-tailed rock wallabies has increased, with surveillance cameras revealing four new joeys in a family group in the Grampians National Park.

  • by Miki Perkins
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'Worrying sign': Rollback of protection puts marine park status at risk
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'Worrying sign': Rollback of protection puts marine park status at risk

The global conservation status of a NSW marine park is at risk after the Berejiklian government weakened its sanctuary status without consultation to allow recreational fishing, documents show.

  • by Peter Hannam
'Unacceptable': Timber battles resume in fire-hit South Coast forests
Biodiversity

'Unacceptable': Timber battles resume in fire-hit South Coast forests

State-owned Forestry Corp has been accused of committing the same logging breaches in a bushfire-hit South Coast forest that triggered a lengthy stop work orders by the environmental regulator.

  • by Peter Hannam
Nature-starved Melburnians yearn for green spaces
Biodiversity

Nature-starved Melburnians yearn for green spaces

The pandemic lockdowns have enhanced the value of nature for Melbournians and increased their support for new national parks, according to new polling.

  • by Miki Perkins
Alarm raised over logging near 'Lazarus' frog
Biodiversity

Alarm raised over logging near 'Lazarus' frog

Environmentalists have raised the alarm over logging near the habitat of a rare frog in East Gippsland that was long thought extinct until it was rediscovered five years ago.

  • by Miki Perkins
'Devastating blow': Long-running bird conservation program at risk, volunteers say
Biodiversity

'Devastating blow': Long-running bird conservation program at risk, volunteers say

A NSW coastal shorebird conservation program faces collapse after the Berejiklian government cut funding for its paid staffer, according to volunteers.

  • by Peter Hannam