Government moves to save Victoria’s iconic Leadbeater’s possum

After carefully considering advice from the independent Threatened Species Scientific Committee and submissions from experts, interested organisations and the wider community, I have decided to list the Leadbeater’s possum as a ‘critically endangered’ species. The Threatened Species Scientific Committee’s recommendation was clear and unequivocal regarding the need to transfer the species from endangered to critically…

Anzac grants commemorate a Centenary of service

In commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac, I am pleased to announce that the Australian Government has funded 24 local grants totalling more than $125,000 to groups across the Flinders electorate. Through the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Programme, community groups have had the opportunity to honour the service and sacrifice that epitomises the Anzac spirit.…

Grants to help dairy farmers clean up Tasmania’s rivers

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH MR ANDREW NIKOLIC AM CSC MP, FEDERAL MEMBER FOR BASS Dairy farmers in Tasmania’s Tamar estuary and Esk rivers catchment areas are set to benefit from grants of up to $5000 to support their efforts to help clean up the region’s waterways. The funding is part of the Australian Government’s National…

Post-2020 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Target

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON TONY ABBOTT MP, PRIME MINISTER AND HON JULIE BISHOP MP, MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS The Commonwealth Government is inviting submissions on Australia’s next greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for the post-2020 period. We are determined to reduce emissions – but without a carbon tax and without destroying jobs. All countries…

Funding to protect Australia’s Historic Heritage

Owners and managers of places on Australia’s National Heritage List are invited to apply for funding to help protect some of Australia’s most significant historic sites.   The Australian Government’s Protecting National Historic Sites programme is part of a commitment to provide opportunities to protect and maintain the historic values of places recognised on Australia’s…

Safeguard paper released for consultation: government to achieve targets

The Australian Government is seeking public feedback on options for the planned Emissions Reduction Fund safeguard mechanism. The safeguard mechanism will ensure that abatement achieved under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) is not offset by rises in emissions elsewhere in the economy. Implementation of the crediting and purchasing components of the ERF are already underway,…

Release of Dredge Synthesis Report

I welcome the release of the Dredge Synthesis Report today by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), and I thank the scientists involved for their work. The Report was compiled by an independent panel of 19 experts with a range of relevant skills, experience and…

Roads to Recovery funding flows in for Bass Coast Shire Council

Bass Coast Shire Council has received $390,000 in the latest round of the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program to assist with local road construction and maintenance. Quarterly payments through the $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery Program allow councils to direct local road funding to where it is needed most. This latest installation of Roads…

Roads to Recovery funding flows in for Cardinia Shire Council

Cardinia Shire Council has received $1.17 million in the latest round of the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program to assist with local road construction and maintenance. Quarterly payments through the $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery Program allow councils to direct local road funding to where it is needed most. This latest installation of Roads…