Applications open for new Green Army local environment projects

Applications for Round Five of the Australian Government’s Green Army programme are now open. The Green Army is a hands-on, practical environmental action programme that supports local communities to undertake environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia while offering participants valuable skills and practical experience. The Green Army has been a huge success with 1145…

Threatened species strategy on track for 2020

I am delighted to provide an update on our work for threatened species at the Western Port Biosphere’s Biodiversity Forum, which shares the strategy’s focus on science, action and partnerships. Under the Western Port Biosphere project, supported by Australian Government funding, 184 hectares of remnant vegetation will be protected and 36 hectares revegetated by the…

New plans set threatened species on road to recovery

The Turnbull Government has released new plans to help save four birds and mammals prioritised for action under the nation’s first Threatened Species Strategy, marking another milestone in the fight for their survival. These recovery plans show us how to best target efforts to conserve the Regent honeyeater, Orange-bellied Parrot, Mallee Emu-wren and Mountain Pygmy…

The Turnbull Government’s economic plan for jobs and growth

The 2016-17 Budget is an economic plan for Australia. It is a plan for a strong new economy with more jobs and growth. As Australia successfully transitions from the mining investment boom to a stronger, more diversified economy, it is vital that our tax system drives economic growth and national prosperity. These measures will encourage…

Budget boost for the Great Barrier Reef to Antarctica

The Turnbull Government is committed to preserving our natural environment for future generations. We recognise both its intrinsic value, and the contribution it makes to our transitioning economy, which is reliant on employment-intensive industries like tourism. The Turnbull Government is doing more than ever before to protect the Great Barrier Reef and the 2016 Budget…

New battery storage guidelines are important step for safe installation

Energy storage in Australian homes and businesses will play an increasingly important role as we continue the transition to a low emissions future. That is why the Turnbull Coalition Government welcomes the release of new battery storage guidelines developed by the Clean Energy Council. These guidelines have been established following extensive consultation with the energy…

Paintback scheme will benefit health and the environment

A new national recycling scheme for architectural and decorative paints will improve human health and benefit the environment. The Australian Government has actively worked to support the paint industry in its efforts to address the challenge of managing waste paints and I am delighted to launch ‘Paintback’ in Melbourne today. Paintback is Australia’s first national…

Australia’s largest bio-energy project a step closer to reality

The Turnbull Government is providing up to $3 million early-stage funding support towards an ambitious project that may result in an innovative renewable biofuel production facility being built at Pentland in North Queensland. The funding, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), will allow Renewable Developments Australia to develop a detailed business case for the…