Australia is leading the way on World Wildlife Day

On World Wildlife Day, the Australian Government is proud to announce that funding for projects to protect our threatened species has now topped $190 million. “We are honouring our commitment to the world’s wildlife with a large and growing investment to conserve Australia’s native animals and plants, as well as strict requirements to protect listed…

Tackling waste and litter to keep Australia clean

This Sunday marks the 26th Clean Up Australia Day where individuals, families and volunteer groups come together to tackle waste and litter in our local communities. Protecting the natural environment, particularly our waterways and marine environment, is an important priority for the Australian Government. In the same way that communities come together every year for…

Retirement of Dr Rob Vertessy

Dr Rob Vertessy has today announced that he will retire as Director of the Bureau of Meteorology on 29 April 2016. Dr Vertessy has been an outstanding Director of the Bureau – one of the most respected and valuable public institutions in Australia. Dr Vertessy has enjoyed a long and distinguished public service career in…

Australia’s marine environment to benefit from plastic waste research

The Australian Government will commit an immediate $60,000 to kick-start urgent research into the best way to reduce plastic pollution in our oceans, reefs and waterways. The funding, under the National Environmental Science Programme’s (NESP) emerging priorities stream, will investigate the major sources of marine plastic waste around Australia and determine the most cost-effective options…

Federal Government strengthens efforts to tackle plastic waste

The Australian Government is taking further steps to tackle the detrimental impact of plastics on our environment. Last December, Commonwealth, state and territory Environment Ministers announced plans to achieve a voluntary phase out of microbeads by no later than July 2018. “Today I am pleased to announce that the Federal Government is taking a stronger…

Transcript – 3AW Melbourne – Interview with Tom Elliott

E&OE…. Topics: Ministerial Roundtable, plastic shopping bags, microbeads, election timing TOM ELLIOTT: Mr Hunt, good afternoon. GREG HUNT: And good afternoon Tom. TOM ELLIOTT: Okay, so you've just been talking to your state counterparts about this very issue. Have you banned plastic bags? GREG HUNT: No. What has happened… TOM ELLIOTT: Are you about to…

Transcript – Remarks – Sydney

E&OE…. Topics: Ministerial Roundtable, plastic shopping bags, microbeads GREG HUNT: Let me start in welcoming everybody here, by thanking Nadia – she talked about Cam Kerr as one of the big bosses, and I always agree with that – but she talked about the custodianship of Indigenous leaders for land and country, and being out…

Aurora Australis successfully refloated

On behalf of the Australian Government I would like to thank all those involved in the successful operation to refloat the Aurora Australis late last night (Friday, Hobart time). This has been an exceptionally difficult operation in a dangerous and hostile environment. After breaking mooring lines during a blizzard on Wednesday, I am pleased to…

Providing funding to strengthen our local communities

I am delighted to announce that grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 are available through Round 2 of the Coalition Government’s Stronger Communities Program, which opened this week. Grants will be made available to not-for-profit organisations for local projects across the electorate, covering 50 per cent of the project cost. The Stronger Communities Program will…

Funding for local groups to promote Point Nepean

Community members are invited to apply for Community Heritage and Icons Grants to raise awareness and recognition of places on our National Heritage List, such as Point Nepean. Point Nepean is one of 104 places, and the only place in the electorate, on the National Heritage List. Recognised for its role in defining our nation's…