National Stronger Regions Fund Round Three opens to support local projects

I am delighted to announce that applications for Round Three of the Australian Government’s landmark $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund will open on 15 January. Information sessions for potential Round Three applicants will be conducted in each State and Territory between 18-29 January. The Victorian information session will be held on Tuesday, 19 January…

Australian Government supports new initiative to help turn plant waste into clean power

Australia’s bioenergy and agriculture industries are set to benefit from the development of a new national database of biomass resources, with support from the Turnbull Government. Bioenergy and biofuels are created from biomass ‘feedstock’ such as waste vegetable oil and woodchips. Waste biomass left over from farming and agricultural processes is ideal for bioenergy feedstock,…

National Landcare grants improve the natural environment across Port Phillip and Western Port

Red Hill and the surrounding area is one of many sites that will be rehabilitated by local Landcare groups with the assistance of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme. Red Hill South Landcare will be involved in weed removal to improve the habitat of the Powerful Owl and Grey-crowned Babbler. I’m delighted that 12 local…

20 Million Trees continues to roll out with $5 million for local planting projects

Local communities around Australia are getting ready to plant around 1.3 million trees as part of the Australian Government's 20 Million Trees Programme, with many projects targeting habitat protection for native plants and animals under threat. Under this latest round, the Australian Government’s 20 Million Trees programme will provide over $5 million in funding to…

Ministerial Forum focuses on partnerships and collaboration for the Reef

The Australian and Queensland governments today reaffirmed their commitment to work in partnership on Reef management and continue the collaborative efforts with investors, industry, science, Traditional Owners, regional and conservation organisations and the broader community to improve the health of the Reef. Speaking at the 41st meeting of the Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Forum in…

A new strategy to protect and manage Australia’s national and world heritage

A new strategy to protect and manage Australia’s national and world heritage The potential for a UK-style national lottery to benefit Australia’s magnificent heritage is among a range of new opportunities outlined in the Australian Heritage Strategy, released today. The strategy sets out the Australian Government’s priorities over the next decade and the actions it…