Green Army Round Two now open for applications

Applications are now open for community-led Green Army projects that support practical, grassroots environment and heritage conservation activities across Australia. The Australian Government is providing additional opportunities in the 2014/15 financial year for community organisations, environment groups and local councils to apply for Green Army projects in their region. Projects must run for 20-26 weeks…

Monitoring rainforests: the building blocks for action

The Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit in Sydney on 11–12 November will identify practical ways of reducing Asia-Pacific rainforest loss to help cut global greenhouse gas emissions and protect tropical rainforests. Organised by the Australian Government, ministers from rainforest countries in the region and leaders from business, international organisations and civil society will attend the Summit. Hosting…

South Australia’s Millicent Mill wins Environment Minister’s Award

South Australian manufacturer Kimberley-Clark Australia has won this year’s Environment Minister’s Award for a Cleaner Environment. I was pleased to present the award today at the Banksia Foundation’s Sustainability Awards ceremony in Sydney. Kimberley-Clark has been recognised for its commitment to creating a sustainable regional community around its Millicent Mill facility and for outstanding results…

Australian funding to combat illegal logging in Asia-Pacific

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON JULIE BISHOP MP, MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS & SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE The Australian Government is increasing its commitment to the sustainable management and recovery of rainforests in the Asia-Pacific with the announcement today of $6 million from Australia’s aid program.   This funding…

Government welcomes additional assistance for Aspitech

The Federal Government welcomes the announcement that South Australian support organisation, Minda, will provide additional assistance to Aspitech. Aspitech is an Australian Disability Enterprise that employs 140 workers. The organisation provides e-waste recycling services as part of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. Last month Aspitech faced closure but the Federal Government stepped in…