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NSW sought to beat Basin Plan water limits

NSW sought to beat Basin Plan water limits

The NSW government has sought to increase the amount of water permitted to be extracted from the Murray-Darling Basin, emails reveal.

  • by Peter Hannam

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Independent Planning Commission rubs out Southern Highlands coal mine

Independent Planning Commission rubs out Southern Highlands coal mine

A controversial coal mine planned for the Southern Highlands has been rejected by the state’s Independent Planning Commission.

  • by Peter Hannam
Reversing ‘aqua nullius’: traditional owners seek cultural water rights

Reversing ‘aqua nullius’: traditional owners seek cultural water rights

The Tati Tati traditional owners have developed Australia’s first plan to deliver cultural flows of water to their country in the Murray-Darling basin. And they say the proposal could be template for other Aboriginal communities seeking water rights.

  • by Miki Perkins
Development of ‘zombie’ gasfield areas would create waste, water issues: opponents

Development of ‘zombie’ gasfield areas would create waste, water issues: opponents

Large swaths of some of the state’s best farmland could be opened up for coal seam gas development, resulting in the extraction of many gigalitres of groundwater.

  • by Peter Hannam
Whitehaven slapped with $372,500 in fines for breaches of licence

Whitehaven slapped with $372,500 in fines for breaches of licence

The company was convicted for 19 breaches at its Maules Creek coal mine in northern NSW, although the fines fell far short of the maximum penalties it faced.

  • by Peter Hannam
Lamb House’s ‘near-death experience’ ends but new heritage laws needed

Lamb House’s ‘near-death experience’ ends but new heritage laws needed

A prominent business couple - Steve and Jane Wilson - will spend $15 million to restore a Queensland icon, but say improved heritage laws must protect other buildings from neglect.

  • by Tony Moore
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One-tenth of groundwater users in breach of licences, investigation finds
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One-tenth of groundwater users in breach of licences, investigation finds

About one in 10 groundwater users are non-compliant, with one operator extracting the equivalent of 1200 Olympic swimming pools of water more than the licence allowed for, a pilot probe of NSW bores has found.

  • by Peter Hannam