Launceston stuck in the mud
Launceston is one of Australia's oldest and most picturesque regional cities, set in a compact valley with steep hills looking down on the Tamar River.
Before colonisation, the upper Tamar was a shimmering patchwork of mangroves and mud flats.
But for decades since, the mud was dredged and raked, clearing the way for boating and watersports.
But that stopped in 2019 due to environmental concerns and the mud is building up again.
I think everybody in the city has got a reasonable expectation that the river should be in better condition.Errol Stewart, property developer
A public campaign is demanding authorities "fix the mud". But is it that simple?
Concern over PEP 11 gas exploration licence
Gas has been touted as key to lifting the country out of pandemic recession and as a future energy source as we transition away from coal.
But there's a lot of concern on the NSW coast about a gas exploration licence known as PEP 11.
PEP 11 expired in February but the permit owner, Advent Energy has applied for an extension and permission to commence drilling as soon as possible.
It comes after the 2020 Budget revealed over 50 million dollars will be spent on investments and developments for the gas industry.
Critics are fearful that the environment and lifestyle off Australia's most densely populated stretch of coastline could be in danger.
I'm incredibly frustrated because the alternatives are there and other countries overseas are pursuing greener, more renewable energy and green recovery policies.Rachael Scott, Environmental scientist and Newcastle local
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