National Stronger Regions Fund opens to support local projects

I am delighted to announce that the Australian Government’s landmark $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund is now open. The fund will provide a significant injection to local towns and communities to ensure residents in regional areas have access to top-class facilities. This is about making our regions more attractive places to live, work and…

20 Million Trees launched with first grants round now open

The Australian Government is inviting communities across the country to get involved in the 20 Million Trees Programme with the first competitive grants round now open for applications. The 20 Million Trees Programme was a key Coalition election commitment and is a vital part of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme. The Government is investing…

Local veterans supported through BEST grants

I am pleased to announce that the Southern Peninsula Veterans Centre has received a Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grant of $53, 4322. This grant will enable the centre to continue its day-to-day operations, providing veterans and returned services members with practical and emotional support. The team at the Southern Peninsula Veterans Centre…

Flinders councils to share in $24 million for local roads

Frustrated road users will see significant improvement to the condition of local roads as the Commonwealth Government injects $2.1 billion through its Roads to Recovery Programme. Councils in the Flinders electorate will share in more than $24 million over the next five years to improve and upgrade roads. Local roads provide key links between our…

National Heritage Listing for Victoria’s ‘Cathedral of the Wimmera’

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH ANDREW BROAD, FEDERAL MEMBER FOR MALLEE Today the Australian Government placed the ‘Cathedral of the Wimmera’ — The Murtoa No. 1 Grain Store on the National Heritage List. “I am delighted the Murtoa No. 1 Grain Store with its serene cathedral-like interior has been given Australia’s highest heritage honour,” Mr Hunt…

National Heritage Listing for Victoria’s ‘Cathedral of the Wimmera’

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH ANDREW BROAD, FEDERAL MEMBER FOR MALLEE Today the Australian Government placed the ‘Cathedral of the Wimmera’ — The Murtoa No. 1 Grain Store on the National Heritage List. “I am delighted the Murtoa No. 1 Grain Store with its serene cathedral-like interior has been given Australia’s highest heritage honour,” Mr Hunt…

Reef Trust supports investigation into environmental crime

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON MICHAEL KEENAN MP, MINISTER FOR JUSTICE An investigation into the practice of environmental crime, including the illegal killing, poaching and transportation of turtle and dugong meat, will soon be underway as part of the Australian Government’s Reef Trust. Through the new Reef Trust, the Government is providing $5 million towards…

New assessment bilateral agreement in place for South Australia

The Federal and South Australian governments have signed a new bilateral agreement to streamline environmental assessments as part of the Commonwealth’s ‘One-Stop-Shop’ reform. The new agreement creates a single environmental assessment process that meets the strict standards and protections of both South Australian and Commonwealth law. This is another important milestone in reducing the regulatory…

Strong commitment to environmental science with funding for new research

The Australian Government has confirmed its long-term commitment to environment and climate research with funding of $102 million over four years for the National Environmental Science Programme. The programme will assist decision-makers to understand, manage and conserve Australia’s environment by funding world-class biodiversity and climate science. The research will ensure decisions about managing Australia’s biodiversity…

Australia to host Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit in Sydney

The Australian Government is delivering on its election commitment to host the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit in Sydney on 12 November 2014. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop made the announcement in New York overnight at the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Summit. The Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit will bring together ministers from countries across the region and leaders…