X-ray services return to Hastings

I was delighted to officially unveil Spectrum Imaging, which opened its doors to patients in Hastings this week. The community has been without an X-ray service since early 2014 when the previous facility shutdown. Spectrum Imaging provides a vital service for residents, allowing them to access X-ray facilities closer to home. The company has a…

Beach Safety Equipment Fund supports local Surf Life Saving Clubs

I am delighted to announce that seven local Surf Life Saving Clubs will each receive a $25,000 boost in funding thanks to the Australian Government’s Beach Safety Equipment Fund. Clubs that will benefit from the additional funding include; Dromana, Gunnamatta, Mount Martha, Portsea, Point Leo, Rosebud & McCrae and Sorrento.   The additional funding will ensure…

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…