The Federal Government has released its feasibility study into the development of a high-speed rail network to connect eastern seaboard cities, finding that such a network could transport passengers from Sydney to Brisbane in under 3 hours for an estimated $75.

The report claims that trains could travel at speeds of up to 350 kilometres per hour, while the construction of the network has been estimated to be between $61 billion and $108 billion.

The Government says that the network could carry anywhere up to 54 million passengers a year by 2036.

The Queensland Government has announced a new $45 million pool of funding to provide essential infrastructure works.

The Western Australian Government has reiterated its opposition to the planned Minerals Resource Rent Tax and Carbon Tax with the State Treasurer Christian Porter expressing his disappointment over the Federal Government’s refusal to discuss the taxes in the October Tax forum.




The NSW Environmental Trust invites applications to its

Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation Program

Grants of $5,000 to $100,000 available to:

Community organisations and non-profit associations (total program $2 million)

State and local government organisations (total program $2 million)

 

Applications close on 2 September, 2011

 

 Application Forms

Guidelines, application forms and more information is available on the Trust website:

www.environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au  or by phoning the Trust on (02) 8837 6093.

The Victorian  Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith has announced the recipients of the government's $5.67 million Local Sustainability Accord grants program.

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu has insisted his party is determined to comply with transparency laws regarding political donations, despite a Liberal party fundraising body missing a deadline to declare its donations by over nine months.

The Queensland State Treasurer Andrew Fraser has announced the State Government remains confident of a return to five per cent growth this financial year, despite the state failing to return to an AAA+ rating.

A report published by Deloitte Access Economics shows that the Western Australian economy is set to continue to prosper for decades on the back of jobs and export growth.

The State Government will contribute more than $145 million to local roads in Western Australia in 2011-12, an increase of more than $9 million on the past financial year.

The South Australian Government has released a series of internationally peer-reviewed scientific reports that determine the environmental flow requirements for the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth areas.

The Victorian State Government has announced a survey in which it will seek public opinion on criminal sentencing in the state’s justice system.

The Victorian State Government has announced a series of grants worth a total of $3 million in an attempt to reduce waste that would otherwise contribute to landfill.

The Tasmanian Government has released Tasmania’s Action Plan to Reduce Emissions, which sets out the Government’s immediate priority plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions following the Tasmanian Wedges Report, with advice from the Tasmanian Climate Action Council.

The Queensland Government has released its Green Door policy which will see the state government agencies work with local government and referral agencies to accelerate the development assessment of projects that that demonstrate exemplary sustainability performance.

The Federal Government has announced a $20 million spending package aimed at facilitating easier access to higher education for the state’s regional students.

The New South Wales Government has announced it will review plans for the construction of the Byrrill Creek Dam that were scrapped by the previous state government, which favoured the expansion of the nearby Clarrie Hall Dam.

The Federal Government has announced that Perth will be classified as a regional centre in a bid to streamline overseas recruitment.

The Western Australian Government has called for a ‘significant change in the way public transport operates’ if it is to deal with the expected exponential growth in demand over the next 20.

Territorians will need to buck the “lazy” tag this Census if they are to secure much needed federal funding for areas such as education, health and roads, according to a population expert.

Western Australia has announced it will reform its nine Regional Development Commissions (RDCs) in line with a review into their structure requested by the State Cabinet’s Economic Expenditure and Reform Committee.

The New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority and three other agencies will be abolished as part of the most significant restructure of transport in NSW history.

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