$250,000 in Commonwealth grants open for community groups

I welcome the opening of $250,000 in Commonwealth funded grants for Landcare and community groups in the Port Phillip and Western Port region. The funds are part of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and are available through the Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority’s community grants scheme, which is now open for applications.…

Abbott Government commits $406m for preschool certainty

The Abbott Government will commit $406 million to ensure Australian families can continue to access up to 15 hours of preschool per week in 2015. The Commonwealth Government is offering Victoria an extension of the current national partnership arrangement* for preschool funding for a further 12 months after they expire in December 2014. Many local…

Australia celebrates 25 years of ozone protection on World Ozone Day

Australia’s leadership in protecting the ozone layer continues this year as we mark the 25th anniversary of our ratification of what is widely agreed to be our most successful international environmental agreement.  Australia was one of the early countries to ratify the Montreal Protocol to phase out ozone depleting substances after it was opened for…

Grant assistance for Hastings veterans

The 1066 Hastings Day Club will have better access to technology thanks to a $798 Commonwealth Government grant. The grant will enable the club to purchase a computer and printer that will be used to create regular newsletters among other tasks. 1066 Hastings Day Club received the funding through the Veteran and Community Grant program.…

Green Army calling for first round of participants

The Government is putting out the call for the first round of recruits to join the Green Army. We’re looking for enthusiastic 17-24 year olds to join what will become the largest-ever team of young Australians supporting environmental action across the country. Appointed Service Providers are now seeking expressions of interest from young people who…

Review of Commonwealth marine reserves begins

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE The Australian Government is delivering on its election commitment for an independent review of Commonwealth Marine Reserves with the chairs and terms of reference for the Expert Scientific Panel and Bioregional Advisory Panels announced today. “It is important that an independent…

National Landcare Week: Celebrating 25 years of Landcare

As part of National Landcare Week, the Australian Government is pleased to help celebrate 25 years of Landcare protecting and restoring our natural environment. The Government recognises the important work Landcare has been doing for the last 25 years and is committed to continue working with Landcare into the future. This National Landcare Week, I…

Paying homage to our war heroes

The Australian Army Training Team Vietnam Association Victoria Branch will create a permanent interactive display at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum on Phillip Island thanks to a Commonwealth Government grant. “It is my pleasure to congratulate the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam Association Victoria Branch on receiving $2,464 from the Government’s Saluting their Service grants,”…

Paying homage to our war heroes

The 34th Australian Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery Association will be able to publish a history of its gunners thanks to a Commonwealth Government grant. “It is my pleasure to congratulate the 34th Australian Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery Association at Balnarring on receiving $1000 from the Government’s Saluting their Service grants,” Flinders MP Greg Hunt said. The group…

Newhaven College receives $500,000 for new library

Newhaven College on Phillip Island will get a much-needed new library thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth Government. The funding, which will go towards the construction of a library and administrative building for the school, was committed through the Government’s Capital Grants Programme. “It is terrific that Newhaven College has received these funds…