Rottnest Island on track for cleaner energy supply

Rottnest Island, the home of the Quokka and other unique Australian animals, is set to reduce its reliance on shipped-in diesel using solar energy and smart power control systems. The Australian Government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), is providing Hydro Tasmania with $4.8 million support for a $7.3 million project to install 600…

Healthy devils returned to the wild will give others a chance

The landmark release of 39 healthy Tasmanian devils on Forestier Peninsula later today will help re-establish a wild population free of Deadly Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). Australia’s Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt and Tasmanian Environment Minister Matthew Groom welcome the release ¬– by the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program – on private property this…

IUCN World Parks Congress receives national award

Last night hundreds gathered at the Australian Event Awards in Sydney to hear the sixth IUCN World Parks Congress named CIM Magazine best meeting or conference of the year by industry experts. I would like to congratulate Parks Australia and the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service on this great achievement. Almost a year…

Reef Trust supports farm efficiency and water quality in the Burdekin

The Australian Government is continuing to deliver on its commitment to protect the Great Barrier Reef with the opening of the Reef Trust Tender – Burdekin. Through this latest project, the Government will provide $2.5 million to help sugarcane farmers improve nitrogen and irrigation management practices in the Burdekin region. Minister Hunt is inviting sugarcane…

Green Army restoring Kedron and Ithaca Creeks

Young Australians from the Brisbane City region are starting to see the results of their hard work as part of the Australian Government’s Green Army Programme. The Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, and Federal Member for Brisbane, Teresa Gambaro, praised the work of the young locals when they met with two Green Army teams…

Australian Government backs low emissions vehicles

The Australian Government is providing incentives for Australians to purchase low emissions vehicles, as part of a new $50 million programme funded through the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. The programme is targeting corporate and government fleet buyers, as well as not-for-profit organisations. With an estimated 450,000 fleet vehicles on the road today, this represents a…

New Hunter Valley suburb could be built off the grid

A new residential development north of Sydney could set an exciting precedent with the possibility of the entire community being built off the power grid. Huntlee will be the first new town in the Hunter Valley in 50 years and will house 20,000 new residents in 7,500 homes. Brookfield Energy Australia (Brookfield) is examining the…