Experts warn Australia at risk from drought, rising water levels

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Leading water and coastal engineering experts from the University of Western Australia warn one of the biggest risks facing Australia is water security, with some regional towns experiencing water shortage to the point where they are unable to respond to bushfires and coastal areas at risk from rising sea levels.

The comments coincide with a report issued by Infrastructure Australia which has listed priority areas for infrastructure investment, including the development of a national water strategy as well as a new town and city water security initiative.
Professor Anas Ghadouani from UWA’s School of Engineering and Oceans Institute said the report’s recommendations were not surprising and cemented the need for significant investment into Australia’s waterways, waste management and coastal infrastucture.
“Australia needs a fundamental rethink of…

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