A $32 million maintenance program designed to patch some of Western Australia’s biggest water leaks has begun.

Proponents of the planned T4 coal loader at the Newcastle Port face their final hurdle this week, with 100 speakers addressing a Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) hearing over two days.

The stoush in the Federal Government over the approval of a massive coal mine in New South Wales continues, and it appears no one wants to take responsibility for granting the green light.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt has approved the huge – and hugely contentious – Shenhua Watermark coal mine in New South Wales, sparking outrage from his colleague Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.

While they might be cheap on supermarket shelves, disposable wipes are costing water authorities tens of millions of dollars.

With rainfall totals at their lowest on record in parts of western Victoria and south-eastern South Australia, weather forecasters say conditions are getting worse.

Researchers have found significant levels of prescription drugs in water samples from Sydney Harbour.

Tasmanian irrigators are cautiously excited about the Federal government's $500 million investment in water infrastructure.

New funding is available for operators of domestic commercial vessels to prepare to meet new safety requirements at sea.

The NSW Government wants to change planning laws to remove a rule that made the economic benefits of a proposed coal mine the main consideration when assessing for approval.

The Federal Government finally released its long-awaited Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper over the weekend, which includes hundreds of millions of dollar set aside for new dams, roads and other infrastructure.

The United Nations' World Heritage Committee will not place the Great Barrier Reef on its “in danger” list.

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