A private company wants to build a major new water storage facility and 10,000-hectare farming precinct near Darwin.
Major industrial operators in western NSW are being warned they will have their water allocations reduced within weeks as dam levels plummet.
Eight employees of Brazilian mining company Vale SA, including two executives, are arrested as part of a criminal investigation into the cause of a deadly dam disaster that claimed the life of more than 160 people.
Just days after it was revealed the Central Goldfields Shire mismanaged a $32 million flood recovery fund, the region is preparing for potentially one of the largest rain events in 75 years.
Insurers should use a new study of the Brisbane River catchment to reduce premiums for flood insurance, a leading hydrologist and the Mayor of Ipswich say.