Local action tackles marine debris in the Great Barrier Reef

The Australian Government has provided $700,000 from its Reef Trust to clean up marine debris across the Great Barrier Reef, protecting iconic marine species and helping to conserve the reef’s Outstanding Universal Value. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will team with community groups along the Queensland coast to conduct reef clean-up events. The…

Government ensures National Landcare Programme funding flows to local projects

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON BARNABY JOYCE MP, MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE The Australian Government has placed Landcare back at the heart of natural resource management with the announcement of reforms to the regional stream of the National Landcare Programme that will see $454 million invested in sustainable agriculture and environmental rehabilitation over four years.  The…

Regional cooperation towards ending Asia-Pacific rainforest loss by 2030

The Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit concluded with a strong show of support from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Centre for International Forestry Research, United States, Papua New Guinea and others to help realise the global goal of ending natural rainforest loss by 2030. The Australian Government is delighted to have received overwhelming support from…

Julia Gillard supports return of Labor’s painful carbon tax

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard predicts the failed carbon tax will one day return. For Australian families that means higher electricity and gas prices. In an interview with the ABC Radio, Ms Gillard said: “Yes they’ve swept away carbon pricing and the Minerals Resource Rent Tax, but good reforms often take more than one go…

Green Army Round Two now open for applications

Applications are now open for community-led Green Army projects that support practical, grassroots environment and heritage conservation activities across Australia. The Australian Government is providing additional opportunities in the 2014/15 financial year for community organisations, environment groups and local councils to apply for Green Army projects in their region. Projects must run for 20-26 weeks…

World Parks Congress gets underway in Sydney

The sixth IUCN World Parks Congress kicks off in Sydney today, with Australia welcoming more than 5,000 delegates from 168 different countries, including 30 international Environment Ministers and five Heads of State. The IUCN World Parks Congress brings together people from all walks of life to identify better ways of looking after our protected areas…

One hundred Indigenous rangers to attend World Parks Congress

One hundred Indigenous Protected Area and Working on Country rangers and managers will be provided with financial support from the Australian Government to attend the World Parks Congress in Sydney starting today. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said funding of up to $77,000 has been provided to ensure that Indigenous rangers and managers are…

China-US Climate Change Announcement

We welcome the announcement by the United States and China to reduce or cap emissions. The Government is already delivering on Australia’s commitment to reduce emissions by 5 per cent on 2000 levels by 2020. We have always said that we will consider Australia’s post-2020 emissions reduction targets in the lead up to next year’s…

Monitoring rainforests: the building blocks for action

The Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit in Sydney on 11–12 November will identify practical ways of reducing Asia-Pacific rainforest loss to help cut global greenhouse gas emissions and protect tropical rainforests. Organised by the Australian Government, ministers from rainforest countries in the region and leaders from business, international organisations and civil society will attend the Summit. Hosting…

South Australia’s Millicent Mill wins Environment Minister’s Award

South Australian manufacturer Kimberley-Clark Australia has won this year’s Environment Minister’s Award for a Cleaner Environment. I was pleased to present the award today at the Banksia Foundation’s Sustainability Awards ceremony in Sydney. Kimberley-Clark has been recognised for its commitment to creating a sustainable regional community around its Millicent Mill facility and for outstanding results…