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…

The countdown is on for 500km Walk for Autism

The countdown is on for 500km Walk for AutismWith only two weeks to go until I set out on my 500km walk around the electorate to increase awareness about autism, I am looking forward to the journey and meeting people along the way. The main reason for my walk is to increase awareness about autism…

Leading Australian scientist announced as Clean Air Champion

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, HON BOB BALDWIN MP & FEDERAL MEMBER FOR HUGHES, CRAIG KELLY MP As part of our commitment to improving Australia’s air quality, the Government is delighted to announce Professor Peter Rayner as Australia’s third Clean Air Champion. The announcement of Professor Rayner as…

Over $485 million in Reef investments this year

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON DR STEVEN MILES MP, QUEENSLAND MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT & HON JACKIE TRAD MP, QUEENSLAND DEPUTY PREMIER Investment by the Australian and Queensland Governments, industry and the community in the Great Barrier Reef exceeded more than $485 million in 2014/15 alone, according to the new Investment Baseline released today. Deputy…

Final World Heritage Committee decision praises Australia and unanimously rejects “in danger” listing for Great Barrier Reef

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON DR STEVEN MILES MP, QUEENSLAND MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT & HON JACKIE TRAD MP, QUEENSLAND DEPUTY PREMIER Australia and Queensland strongly welcome the final and unanimous decision of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to not place the Great Barrier Reef on its world heritage in-danger list. In fact, all references…

Honouring the outstanding contribution of our senior residents

I am calling for nominations for the Flinders Seniors Awards. The seniors awards are an opportunity for us to recognise residents who have made an outstanding contribution to our community. The Flinders electorate is blessed with a large population of senior residents who work tirelessly to help others in need. These unsung heroes dedicate countless…

Taking action to tackle harmful marine debris

The Australian Government will revise its national marine debris plan to limit the damage that plastic and other waste products cause to Australia’s marine life. Marine debris – garbage washed from land or dumped by ships at sea and abandoned fishing gear – poses a serious danger to all sea creatures. Marine species can ingest…

New Intergovernmental Agreement gives Reef 2050 Plan strong legal status

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON DR STEVEN MILES MP, QUEENSLAND MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT & HON JACKIE TRAD MP, QUEENSLAND DEPUTY PREMIER The Australian and Queensland Governments have made a significant update to the Great Barrier Reef Intergovernmental Agreement, established in 1979, to further strengthen our plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef…