“The lawyer I respect most, a blind man on a galloping horse, can read every IPART report and conclude none of the tribunal members have read these sections or, if they have, have chosen to ignore them”. Pricing of NSW government water, transport and energy monopolies has failed. “Once we allow ourselves to be disobedient […]
According to one of the authors of a new report the focus on water in NSW has traditionally been on centralised infrastructure that utilities want to build rather than water efficiency. But what saved us during the Millennium Drought was the citizens, not utilities. Nor was it the winding back the BASIX sustainability index that some quarters advocate.
Hot water can be a pain point in the pursuit of low carbon apartment buildings but with modern electric instantaneous hot water systems, there’s really no need for fossil fuel-intensive alternatives.
The world is still in the grips of the coronavirus pandemic but GPT Group’s sustainability agenda has barely hit a speed bump. As the property giant made clear in its annual sustainability report, released two weeks go on 15 May, the company is working towards clear policy goals: the big one being carbon neutrality by 2030. […]
As the COVID-19 pandemic becomes part of our daily lives in Australia, attempts to mitigate the spread have been rapid and severe, but, while the “big boxes” are being ticked, other less attention grabbing areas are being ignored.
After more than seven years as chief executive officer Professor Tony Wong has stepped down from the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and its Water Sensitive Cities Institute.
OXYGEN FILES: South Australian Water is collaborating with Sydney Water, researchers and the NSW Smart Sensing Network on water saving technologies. Funny that the driest place in the country, South Australia, is pretty savvy on H2O.
Perth’s water managers have declared that the city will be a leading “waterwise” city by 2030 but there is a lot of work to do to reach that goal, given that Perth has the second-highest per capita water consumption of any Australian capital city.
SAVING WATER, summer series:Decisions to push ahead with coal and coal seam gas (CSG) projects in NSW and Queensland are entirely at odds with ensuring good management of water supplies and reducing carbon emissions.
There’s something deeply iconic about the galvanised water tank in Australian architecture. It’s a practical response to the need to save water, and at the same time a symbol of a growing sensitivity to the need for a more sustainable way of life.
There’s hope to be found in our gardens and on our streets but we need to change the way we design rainwater runoff, and we need to do it now.
Home water recycling units may one day become as commonplace as household rooftop solar, with revolutionary domestic water recycling technology set to land in Australia soon.
The intensity and length of the drought in New South Wales and Queensland, coupled with a revolution in technology, could make 2020 the year people start to pick that low-hanging fruit.
It’s a last ditch scenario but the NSW state government is preparing plans to relocate around 90 towns that are running out of water, if the drought does not break soon.
Backyards and spare blocks are gradually disappearing in our major cities and this uncontrolled piecemeal development is having a massive impact on urban water systems.
I don’t know about you, but after working in sustainability for 12 years, I have never been more hopeful nor more terrified of what the future could bring.
The panel of Indigenous knowledge experts set the scene and energy level for the day. Dr Virginia Marshall from Australian National University confirmed what The Fifth Estate has suspected for a while – that there’s booming interest in Indigenous knowledge.
OXYGEN FILES: The problems of water mismanagement go back a long way, but one thing is sure, building dams then praying for rain is not a rational solution. According to Kamilaroi water scientist, Bradley Moggridge, Indigenous knowledge-holders should be “front and centre” in decision making around water. When the freshwater mussels started dropping off, and […]
BATHURST BURR: Most of us in Australia have probably never woken up wondering, “Where can I find food to eat today?”.
Armidale hasn’t received its usual winter rain, and the city’s water reservoir has also been servicing the nearby township of Guyra, where water supplies are critically low.
Returning this rainwater to our gardens could help ensure ecological flows continue. Even in drought conditions, this minor water diversion could help replenish local streams and maintain their ecosystems.
Australia is currently in the throes of a drought we didn’t see coming. We can no longer rely on the traditional ways of managing our water supplies and we need to get serious about planning for long-term water security if we want to avoid running dry.
Sydney Water has announced level one restrictions, high-security water pricing in the Murray region has reached around $175,000 for an Olympic swimming pool’s worth of the stuff and some towns in Barnaby Joyce’s New England electorate face the very real prospect of running out in the coming months.
Michael Mobbs offers a novel solution to climate change – keeping water where it falls.
OPINION: Water was once seen as a public good. But over recent decades water utilities have been corporatised and water is now a scarce commodity for sale. These statutory monopolies now primarily aim to maximize their economic performance, with secondary aims to protect the public good and our valuable water eco-systems.
In what could be a world first, the CRC for Low Carbon Living has brought together energy and infrastructure providers, a land developer and other smaller players to provide true peer-to-peer energy trading across the grid.
Water has been a topic at the top of mind all summer, but beyond the headlines around mismanagement of the Murray Darling, threats to the Great Artesian Basin, dramatic flood photos and Sydney desalination plant being switched on are some issues that cut to the crux of how we live in this country.
Big rivers are drying up, Perth’s aquifers are becoming contaminated with sea water and there is a threat of wars over water. One financial instrument is holding out possibilities for change.
With the issue of water supply reaching crisis point, its connection to climate change needs to spur urgent action.
Not all rivers are suitable for swimming – there are sharks and other flesh eating animals to contend with in some places – but the benefits of a healthy river range much further with improvements to the ecology, heat island effect and recreational opportunities