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…

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…

Animator receives Antarctic Arts Fellowship

Australian animator and producer Jilli Rose is the 2014 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow. Each year, the Australian Government awards an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship to enable those with a non-science focus to experience Antarctica first-hand so they can communicate this unique experience and understanding to other Australians. The recipient of this year’s Fellowship, Jilli Rose,…

Streamlining environmental assessments to help boost Tasmanian economy

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON MATTHEW GROOM, TASMANIAN MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT The Tasmanian and Federal Governments have now created a One-Stop Shop for environmental assessments in Tasmania, with Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Tasmanian Environment Minister Matthew Groom signing a new assessment bilateral agreement. Reducing the regulatory burden on business by streamlining the…

A One-Stop Shop for environmental assessments in Victoria

A new assessment bilateral agreement that removes duplication and provides a single process for environmental assessments in Victoria has been signed by the Commonwealth and Victorian governments. Duplication of federal, state or territory and local planning processes adds complexity and cost to environmental approvals across the country. The agreement reduces the regulatory burden on business,…