Murray Darling Basin inquiry | ALGA News 23 August 2019

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This week’s 4 Corners investigation, ‘Cracking Up’, shone a national spotlight on shoddy apartments and building certifications across Australia. We saw problems with buildings such as Opal Tower and Mascot Towers in Sydney with cracked walls and foundations and forced residents to flee, while frustrated owners showed their leaking apartments in Canberra and Melbourne. I+

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ALGA responds to Murray Darling Basin Terms of Reference inquiry

ALGA has told an inquiry into the Murray Darling Basin that its draft Terms of Reference also need to consider climate change, town water supplies, and individuals’ concerns for their own welfare and their communities’. In June, the Water Resources and Drought Minister David Littleproud instructed the Murray Darling Basin Authority to hold an Independent+

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Inclusive playgrounds need toilets, swings, shade: survey

A new survey has found most visitors to inclusive play spaces around Australia want to see more universally-accessible toilets, swings for all abilities, and shaded areas. The State of Play 2019 report was created by Touched by Olivia, a charity that creates inclusive play spaces, and Variety, which have together created more than 30 such+

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