Green Army graduates celebrate success on the Mornington Peninsula

Today, a group of young people involved in the Australian Government’s Green Army program can be proud of their contributions to their community and the environment. I was delighted to join participants, project sponsors and service provider Conservation Volunteers Australia at one of the many sites that has been revegetated through the Restoring Bushland on…

Green Army protecting the Georges River Corridor

Young Australians from the Liverpool region are working to preserve the health of the Georges River Corridor through the Australian Government’s Green Army programme. The Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, and Federal Member for Hughes, Craig Kelly, commended the work of the local youth when they visited the Georges River Riparian Restoration team at…

Green Army Improving Salt Pan Creek

Young Australians from across Western Sydney are beginning 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 Banks, David Coleman, praised the work of the young locals when they visited two Green Army teams working on…

Lowest emissions in 10 years – achieved without a painful carbon tax

Australia’s emissions have fallen to their lowest level for a single quarter in 10 years, according to the Department of the Environment’s latest quarterly update of the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory. Emissions fell by half a million tonnes between the December Quarter 2014 and March Quarter 2015 – that’s a 0.4 per cent reduction in…

Solar boost for community groups in South Australia

The Australian Government will provide grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 to install solar photovoltaic panels and solar hot water systems on buildings used by community groups in South Australia. The Solar Towns Programme provides $2.1 million to community groups across Australia to buy and install renewable energy systems on buildings that support the local…

Victorian Government abandons Phillip Island residents

Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources Lily D’Ambrosio has turned her back on Phillip Island residents campaigning for reticulated natural gas. In response to a letter I wrote to the Minister in April regarding natural gas supply to the Island, Minister D’Ambrosio said residents should instead purchase energy efficient appliances. This a woeful response from…

Regional engagement on conserving rainforests in the Asia-Pacific

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON DOUGLAS TOMURIESA MP, PNG MINISTER FOR FORESTS The Australian-initiated draft Asia-Pacific Rainforest Recovery Plan was central to the discussions held between Australia and Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby this week. The Australian Environment Minister the Hon. Greg Hunt MP and Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Forests the Hon. Douglas…