Build preparation commences on NBN in Cranbourne South

I am pleased that superfast broadband is on its way for Cranbourne South. Homes and businesses are a step closer to getting the National Broadband Network (NBN), with build preparation work now underway. In coming weeks, work will be visible in streets as pre-construction activity begins, such as the clearing of Telstra’s pits and ducts.…

Lang Lang to benefit from 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants

The Government’s National Landcare Programme is supporting grassroots environmental action in Lang Lang through the 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants. Federal Member for Flinders and Environment Minister Greg Hunt said he was pleased to announce that the Western Port Seagrass Partnership had received a $19,600 grant to plant 3000 mangroves at Lang Lang cliffs to reduce…

Mornington Peninsula and Western Port benefit from 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants

The Government’s National Landcare Programme is supporting grassroots environmental action on the Mornington Peninsula and Western Port through local grants. Federal Member for Flinders and Environment Minister Greg Hunt said he was pleased to announce that three local projects received $58,000 through the 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants. “Congratulations to the Western Port Seagrass Partnership, Balcombe…

Phillip Island and Bass Coast benefit from 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants

The Government’s National Landcare Programme is supporting grassroots environmental action on Phillip Island and the Bass Coast through local grants. Federal Member for Flinders and Environment Minister Greg Hunt said he was pleased to announce that three local projects received $60,000 through the 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants. “Congratulations to the Phillip Island Landcare Group, Bass…

Campaign to fix dangerous Mount Martha intersection

I am calling on the State Government to improve safety at the notoriously dangerous intersection of Forest Drive and Nepean Highway in Mount Martha. I first wrote to VicRoads about this issue in August, 2013 and have been pursuing it ever since. The danger of this intersection was highlighted recently by a fatal accident on…

Australia forges ahead in scientific research in Antarctica

I was privileged to have the opportunity to go to Antarctica recently to see the scientific research being conducted there. As Minister for the Environment, I have responsibility for Australia’s Antarctic policy. The visit was a tremendous chance to see how the Australian Antarctic Division works and the research being conducted there. I took part…

Please consider supporting Food for All this Christmas

I was delighted to join the Southern Peninsula Food for All team in Rosebud last week. The team of dedicated volunteers is packing hundreds of hampers to be distributed to local families in need this Christmas. Families who would otherwise struggle at Christmas time will receive food hampers and gifts for children to make their…

New Health Minister must guarantee health funding for Phillip Island

I call on new Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy to guarantee that Phillip Island will get the $2.2 million committed by the previous state government for a new health facility at Cowes. It would be deeply disappointing if the new Victorian Government were to renege on the previous government’s $2.2 million commitment to health on…