New $23.9 million science hub to focus on coastal and marine protection

Research designed to lower the risk of human-shark encounters and better understand the threats to marine species and their habitats will be carried out as part of the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Programme. Conducted by the Marine Biodiversity Hub based in Hobart, the research will take place in Australia’s temperate marine waters and lead…

Seniors honoured for outstanding contribution to the community

I was delighted to welcome more than 80 guests including friends, family and supporters to the Rosebud RSL on Monday where Flinders Seniors Awards were presented to 15 worthy recipients. The awards recognise the significant contribution our older residents make in the community, whether it is through helping with school breakfast programs, volunteering with the…

$5.4 million Southern Peninsula Trade Training Centre opens for students

The Government is providing cutting-edge facilities and equipment to local young people with the opening of the Southern Peninsula Trade Training Centre at Rosebud and Somerville. Funded by the Australian Government, the $5.4 million Southern Peninsula Trade Training Centre will deliver training in plumbing, carpentry, electrotechnology and allied health. I am committed to ensuring local…

Prize winning environmental scientist helping our threatened species

I would like to personally congratulate Dr Jane Elith on winning a Prime Minister’s Prize for Science today. For her contributions to environmental management worldwide Dr Jane Elith receives the 2015 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year. The species distribution models developed by Dr Elith have been used by all Australian governments,…

Australia maintains strong opposition to lethal whaling

Australia has already met with the Japanese Government to discuss Japan’s attempt to exclude itself from the International Court of Justice in matters relating to future whaling activities. Australia has successfully brought action in the International Court of Justice to stop Japan’s whaling programme. Japan has previously said it would abide by the ruling. We…

Celebrating 40 years of world-class Reef management

This weekend the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority marks a very special occasion – 40 years of working to ensure the long-term protection of one of the world’s most diverse and remarkable ecosystems. To mark 40 years of Reef management, I encourage families of all ages from Townsville and the surrounding region to attend…

Australian Government partners with City of Melbourne to deliver lower emissions and lower power bills

The Australian Government will provide financing of up to $30 million for the City of Melbourne to make street lights more energy efficient and reduce emissions across Council and community facilities. “I am delighted the Australian Government, through the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, is investing in energy efficiency,” Minister Hunt said. “The Turnbull Government is…

Latest National Broadband Network plans released

Superfast broadband is coming to more than 87,000 homes and businesses in the electorate under an accelerated three-year rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN). Today NBN is releasing its full construction schedule, providing Australians with the greatest detail yet on when the NBN will reach them. Across Australia the National Broadband Network (NBN) is…

Government investing in solar to power 50,000 homes

Government investment is driving the construction of the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) project in the Southern Hemisphere through two solar plants in Broken Hill and Nyngan. The project is worth almost half a billion dollars and will power 50,000 average Australian homes. Today’s installation of the final solar panel at AGL’s Broken Hill Solar Plant…

3AW Melbourne Interview With Craig Willis

E&OE…. Topics: East-West Link, Monash Upgrade CRAIG WILLIS: Joining us this morning, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt. GREG HUNT: Morning Craig. JOHN BURNS: Good morning to you Greg. GREG HUNT: How are you guys? CRAIG WILLIS: But first – well, we're well, thank you. But first of all, we're a bit surprised that the Federal…