Celebrating 30 years of ozone action

The International Day for Protection of the Ozone Layer is a timely reminder of what can be achieved when industry, governments and communities work together for the common good. On this day 30 years ago the Vienna Convention – the parent convention of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer – was…

Coalition delivers election commitment with 1500GL water buyback cap

The Government and Australia has moved closer to achieving the long-term sustainability of agriculture and the environment – which is at the heart of the Murray Darling Basin Plan. The Government has delivered on a key commitment with the Water Amendment Bill 2015 passing through the Senate today. The Murray Darling Basin is the food…

Successful newspaper and magazine recycling scheme extended

The Australian Government is delighted to announce the extension of the long standing industry-led product stewardship scheme for the recycling of newspaper and magazines. The National Environmental Sustainability Agreement for Newspapers and Magazines will be extended for another five years to 2020. The agreement is one of Australia’s most successful product stewardship recycling schemes. Product…

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…