Australian Environment Ministers agree on clean air, feral cats and koalas

All states and territories have joined with the Commonwealth in reaching agreement on several high profile environmental issues. At a meeting of state and territory environment ministers I chaired this week, crucial progress was made towards finalising the National Clean Air Agreement, prioritising the development of a national recovery plan for koalas, and taking action…

Major new targets set at Threatened Species Summit

The Australian Government has set new major new targets to tackle feral cats, protect and recover threatened mammals, birds and plants, and improve recovery practices under the nation’s first Threatened Species Strategy. I am proud to launch the Strategy today at the Threatened Species Summit in Melbourne. The Threatened Species Strategy sets out the Government’s…

Cricket Australia supports 500km Walk for Autism

With less than a week to go until I set out on my 500km walk around the electorate to increase awareness about autism, I am humbled by the support I have already received. Cricket Australia has generously donated a cricket bat signed by the Australian Cricket team that will be auctioned off at Abacus’ gala…

Over $900,000 for National Heritage Listed Rippon Lea House and Gardens

The Australian Government will provide over $900,000 in support for one of Victoria’s most recognisable National Heritage places – Rippon Lea House and Gardens. Rippon Lea House and Gardens is one of the 18 National Heritage places to receive project funding under the Australian Government’s Protecting National Historic Sites programme. The Protecting National Historic Sites…

National Whale Trail projects approved for 11 coastal communities

Tourists, locals and whale watchers at 11 sites around Australia will have a better view and understanding of migrating whales as they travel along the Australian coast thanks to $250,000 in funding from the Australian Government’s National Whale Trail initiative. Australians love marine wildlife and there is a genuine demand for land-based vantage points along…