Flinders University’s National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) has established itself as a world leader in groundwater research, according to a panel of international experts in the field.

The NCGRT’s International Scientific Advisory Committee, which comprises members from France, Canada and the US, met in Sydney from January 23–26 to review the centre’s progress since it first opened in 2009, and to provide formal, independent advice and recommendations for its future.

In drafting an official report from the meeting, the committee determined that the centre has “established itself as a world-class centre for groundwater research and training”.

The Victorian Government has announced it is seeking expressions of interest for 55 board director and chair positions for the state’s 19 regional and metropolitan water corporation boards, with terms of office commencing on 1 October 2012 and expiring September 2015.

Concept development has been completed  for a $3.4 million NSW State Water Corporation project to address cold water pollution from Burrendong Dam, near Wellington.

The South Australian Government has announced it has approved a key policy document that will help shape the Lower Limestone Coast’s Water Allocation Plan.

Sydney Water is collaborating with universities and industry participants in a $16 million international research project to investigate when and why water pipes burst.

The Federal Government has begun a new strategic water purchase initiative in the southern connected system of the Murray-Darling Basin.

The Victorian Government is supporting investment by Bruck Textiles in an innovative wastewater management system at the company's textile plant in Wangaratta.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has accredited the Essential Services Commission (ESC) to regulate the prices of irrigation and bulk water delivery services provided by Goulburn-Murray Water and Lower Murray Water.

Construction has begun on the $42 million Black Rock Recycled Water Plant, which the Federal Government says will significantly improve the Victorian surf coast growth corridor long-term water security.

The Federal Greens have announced their intention to push for the establishment of a Senate inquiry into the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s draft plan.

An independent report has given  Port Phillip Bay a clean bill of health, consistent with its condition over the past decade.

The NSW Government has released the Independent Scientific Audit Report into Marine Parks in NSW, and called for submissions in response.

The Western Australian Government will spend $20million funding three new projects to boost water supplies in the Pilbara’s major cities over the next five to 10 years.

The Cape Riche desalination plant has been granted conditional approval by the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

The Federal Minister for Agriculutre, Senator Joe Ludwig, has announced that following the advice from the National Rural Advisory Council (NRAC), an Exceptional Circumstance (EC) for the River Murray and Lower Lakes Corridor will expire as scheduled on 31 March.

The Queensland Government has announced the commencement of the Fitzroy Partnership for River Health program.

Major industrial companies in the Port Hedland area will fund a $6million drilling investigation program for a fit-for-purpose water supply scheme.

The NSW Minister for Finance and Services, Greg Pearce, has called for nominations for membership of the Independent Water Advisory Panel.

The New South Wales Treasurer Mike Baird has announced that the indicative bid phase for the $1.2 billion long-term lease of the Sydney Desalination Plant (SDP) has prompted a strong response.

The Metropolitan Association of Victoria (MAV) has called for an immediate review of the state’s legislation with an aim to clarify roles and responsibilities for waterways, creeks, drains, levees, seawalls and other essential water and flood mitigation assets.

Queensland has become the first state to sign up to the newly strengthened regulatory framework for coal seam gas and large coal mining developments.

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