Phillip Island Nature Park receives welcome funding to expand its facility

I welcome the funding announcement of $48.2 million from the Victorian Government for an upgrade to the Phillip Island Nature Park. The Penguin Parade is one of Victoria’s most loved tourist attractions and provides a significant economic benefit to the Island. This redevelopment will support tourism in the region but will also boost local jobs…

Commonwealth Heritage Listing for the Royal Australian Mint

As part of Australian Heritage Week, I am delighted to announce that the Royal Australian Mint will be added to the Commonwealth Heritage List. The Royal Australian Mint is Australia’s sole producer of circulating currency and being added to the Commonwealth Heritage List recognises the Mint’s significant role in the development of our nation. The…

Toad-smart’ quolls released in Kakadu

The Turnbull Government is funding a project to train ‘toad-smart’ quolls which will be highly beneficial in re-establishing a population of quolls in southern Kakadu and helping the species recover. Ten ‘toad-smart’ quolls will be released in Kakadu’s Mary River District this week and up to 30 in 2016 as part of a three-year expansion…

Free Trade Agreement seminar supports business growth

Local businesses were invited to find out more about Australia’s Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with China, Japan and Korea at a seminar in Rosebud on Thursday. The seminar was hosted by Austrade, in conjunction with Flinders MP Greg Hunt, to assist local businesses in expanding into international export markets. The seminar, held at Rosebud Country…

Abacus Learning Centre thrives in new purpose-built facility

It was terrific to officially open the new building for Abacus Learning Centre in Hastings last Thursday (14 April). I would like to congratulate all the parents and staff on their hard work in turning this dream into a reality. This would not have been possible without the support of Western Port Secondary College Principal…

New use for old tyres

It was terrific to be in Mount Martha today to see crumb rubber asphalt being sprayed onto a road surface under the supervision of Tyre Stewardship Australia. Managing what we do with tyres that have reached the end of their useable life is an environmental challenge, which is why we are working with the tyre…

Turnbull Government funding drives virtual battery storage trial in WA

The Turnbull Government is providing $3.3 million funding to support the $6.7 million Alkimos Beach residential storage trial which combines community-scale battery energy storage and solar, and could save participants 15 per cent or more on their electricity bills. The residents taking part in the trial will get to experience “virtual” energy storage via a…