Cane toads to get the boot in the Kimberley

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH MELISSA PRICE MP, FEDERAL MEMBER FOR DURACK The Australian Government is delivering on its Durack electorate commitment to reduce the threat of cane toads in the Kimberley region of Western Australia with $500,000 in funding through the Kimberley Cane Toad Clean Up Programme over 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. Cane toads were introduced…

$4.5 million for greening our cities and communities

More than one million trees are expected to be planted as part of the first small grants round of the Australian Government’s 20 Million Trees Programme. The 20 Million Trees Programme is a key election commitment, providing $50 million over four years to contribute to re-establishing native vegetation, providing habitat to support our threatened plants…

Australia to take part in Southern Ocean whale research voyage

The Australian Government is preparing to embark on a Southern Ocean research voyage this summer that will undertake important research on endangered whale species in our area. The Government has committed $1.1 million to the research voyage. The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) will join with Antarctica New Zealand and New Zealand’s National Institute of Water…

A new agreement on environmental assessments for New South Wales

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON PRU GOWARD MP, NSW MINISTER FOR PLANNING The Australian and New South Wales Governments has released for public comment an updated bilateral agreement on environmental assessments under national environment law. The Australian Government is working with state and territory governments to streamline environmental regulation and develop a ‘One-Stop Shop’ for…

Please consider supporting Food for All this Christmas

I was delighted to join the Southern Peninsula Food for All team in Rosebud last week. The team of dedicated volunteers is packing hundreds of hampers to be distributed to local families in need this Christmas. Families who would otherwise struggle at Christmas time will receive food hampers and gifts for children to make their…

A step closer to a One-Stop Shop for South Australia

The Federal and South Australian Governments have released a draft bilateral agreement for approvals under national environment law for public comment. Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt said that he is committed to reducing the regulatory burden on business by streamlining the environmental approvals process and is working with State and Territory Governments to develop a…

Labor on strike over Renewable Energy Target

Labor’s decision to walk away from negotiations on the Renewable Energy Target is creating uncertainty for new investments in renewable energy.   Despite numerous calls from the renewable energy sector and large energy users to return to the negotiating table, Labor continues to play politics.   The latest ASX announcement from Meridian Energy that it…

Leading researchers selected for biodiversity and climate science hubs

The Australian Government today announced the successful organisations to lead research hubs under the $142.5 million 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. This research will ensure decisions about managing Australia’s biodiversity and environmental resources are made on the…

New Health Minister must guarantee health funding for Phillip Island

I call on new Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy to guarantee that Phillip Island will get the $2.2 million committed by the previous state government for a new health facility at Cowes. It would be deeply disappointing if the new Victorian Government were to renege on the previous government’s $2.2 million commitment to health on…