Funding available for local Men’s Sheds

Boys love their toys and men are no different – Men’s Sheds are always looking for new tools and equipment to add to their collections. Round 11 of the National Shed Development Program is now open until September 18 for grants of up to $8,000. These organisations play an important role in our community, keeping…

Resignation of Mr Bernie Fraser

I thank Mr Bernie Fraser for his work with the Climate Change Authority. He has had an outstanding career in public service, which I deeply respect and acknowledge. In particular, I thank Mr Fraser for his assistance with the crossbench in the passage of the Emissions Reduction Fund. (ENDS)

Threatened Species Day

As we mark Threatened Species Day today, the Australian Government is continuing to take significant action to protect our nation’s rare and remarkable fauna and flora. The Coalition has made the protection of threatened species a major environmental priority. Since coming into government, we have taken major steps to protect our threatened species, including: –…

New facilities for Phillip Island students

The Hon Greg Hunt MP today officially opened the Centre of Excellence: Newhaven College Trades Skills Centre and the new library and administration building at Newhaven College on Phillip Island. Minister Hunt opened the buildings on behalf of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, who was unable…

Making it easier for businesses to become carbon neutral

The Australian Government is making it easier for businesses to become carbon neutral by reforming the National Carbon Offset Standard and the Carbon Neutral Program. A diverse range of organisations are already carbon neutral. Certified organisations such as Qantas, National Australia Bank, and Melbourne City Council together offset around 1 million tonnes of emissions per…

Dromana Drive-in to host premier screening of Planetary

I invite you to attend a special screening of the documentary movie Planetary at the Dromana Drive-in on September 18. This is a thought-provoking and aesthetically stunning visual exploration of our world and the Drive-in will host the only Australian screening. The documentary includes spectacular imagery from NASA Apollo missions with powerful footage of the…

Green Army team graduates in Macarthur

Environment Minister Greg Hunt joined the Federal Member for Macarthur, Russell Matheson MP, today to celebrate the work of a Green Army team in helping to protect western Sydney’s Cumberland Plain. The graduation ceremony at the Australian Botanic Garden in Mt Annan marked the achievements of the group of young Australians who have spent six…

Emissions Reduction Fund safeguard mechanism consultation continues

The Australian Government is calling for submissions on the proposed rules and regulations for the Emissions Reduction Fund safeguard mechanism. The safeguard mechanism will start on 1 July 2016 and will be an integral part of the Emissions Reduction Fund – along with the crediting and purchasing elements. The Government has already consulted extensively on…

Launch of the Gunaikurnai Whole of Country Plan

The Australian Government is pleased to support the inaugural Gunaikurnai Whole of Country Plan with funding from our National Landcare Programme. The Plan will empower the Gunaikurnai people to work with local natural resource management agencies to manage Country. This Government is committed to ensuring that Indigenous communities play a central role in caring for…