Archived News for Professionals in State Government
A liquefied natural gas project proposed by Chevron in Western Australia’s Pilbara region will go ahead after the Federal Government approved the projet under national environmental law.
Environment Minister Tony Burke announced that following a rigorous assessment he had approved Chevron’s proposed Wheatstone liquefied natural gas project under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, with strict conditions.
Chevron will be required to adhere to 70 conditions, including submitting for federal approval a range of plans and programs detailing how it would protect matters of national environmental significance protected under the EPBC Act and implement a biodiversity offset strategy.
The Federal and Tasmanian Governments have announced the formation of the new Independent Expert Group. The group will be responsible for verifying conservation values of native forests nominated under the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement and their compatibility with sustainable wood supply requirements for industry.
The largest floodplain mapping initiative in Queensland's history – built on the latest technology and supported by both new and historic data - is underway.
The Northern Territory has named the ShoreASCO Consortium as the preferred bidder to construct, own and operate Darwin’s Marine Supply Base. The base will service the logistical needs of the oil and gas sector.
The Northern Territory Government has rejected calls by the Federal Opposition to dam the Daly Rive, with Territory Environment Minister Karl Hampton urging the Country Liberal Party to “respect the science and reject plans by the Federal Coalition to dam the Daly River”.
The Western Australian Government has announced it will examine the viability of its current water allocation policy in the face of growing demand from both industry and consumer groups.
The Western Australian State Government has become the first non-national governmental body in Australia to sign a Memorandum of Understand with China after Premier Colin Barnett signed a co-operative trade and investment agreement.
The National Water Commission has released its assessment of water reform progress in Australia, calling on governments to stay the distance on their reform commitments.
The Northern Territory Government has launched the Supporting Territorians campaign aimed at increasing awareness of government support programs available to the populations.
The New South Wales State Government has pledged to drop its planned $944 million royalties hike if the Federal Government compensated the state for losses incurred with the planned Carbon Tax.
The Western Australian Government has released a study which assesses the opportunities for desalinating saline or brackish groundwater reserves in the state’s Wheatbelt region.
An interim report card issued by the Western Australian Government’s Training WA body shows that a record number of people are undertaking skills training in Western Australia.