Nominations have opened for the 2011 Western Australian Coastal Awards for Excellence.

The awards are hosted every two years and are part of the Coastwest program co-ordinated by the Department of Planning and the Western Australian Planning Commission.

The awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals, community groups, schools, businesses and governments, all of which protect and manage WA’s unique coastal and marine environments.

Under the Sydney Water Act 1994 and Sydney Water’s operational licence, Sydney Water must enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the NSW Office of Water.

Coliban Water has completed its immediate flood recovery works and has estimated its costs could tally to as much as $10 million.

The Victorian Government has announced an independent review into water quality issues at the Anglesea River.

The National Water Commission has issued a landmark report urging Australian governments to overhaul the way urban water supplies are managed.

The Upper Ovens River Water Supply Protection Area (WSPA) Consultative Committee is seeking community comment on its draft Water Management Plan (WMP). The draft plan proposes management arrangements for groundwater and surface water licences in the Upper Ovens River WSPA and is the first to incorporate both types of water resources in the same plan.

Proposals for land care and environment projects from across the nation are invited under the Caring for our Country 2011-12 business plan.

The New South Wales Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has called for submissions to its review of the operating licence for the Hunter Water Corporation.

First stage applications for funding of urban water innovation projects under the Open Innovation Stream of the Smart Water Fund will close on Friday April 8.

Ministers from across the Murray-Darling Basin have met to progress a collaborative and inclusive approach for governments and communities to develop and implement a plan for the Basin in which a healthy river system underpins strong and viable communities.

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