Media Statement

Today I visited the Liverpool Plains to meet with local farmers to hear their views about the proposed Watermark project. I am aware of the high level of community concern regarding this project. I have requested additional advice from the Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development (IESC) in…

First 100 Green Army projects up and running

The Green Army reached a significant milestone today with 100 projects on the ground around Australia. Young people across the country are taking part in important environmental and conservation activities, while at the same time receiving training and qualifications. The benefits from the projects underway are already evident. We are 100 projects in and we…

NBN broadband for Catani and Bayles

More than 250 residents in Catani, Bayles and surrounds will soon be able to access superfast-broadband as the National Broadband Network (NBN) rolls out across the region.  I am pleased that fixed wireless broadband construction has started in these townships. Residents should be able to connect broadband and phone services through the NBN within 12…

Green Army marches in to enhance the natural environment

I’m pleased to announce the Mornington Peninsula and Western Port region will host four new projects under Round 2 of the government’s Green Army programme. Projects include restoring bushland, mangrove planting, track maintenance, re-vegetation and weed control. The Westernport Bay Green Army Project delivers on an election commitment and I am delighted to see this…

More Green Army projects set to roll out across the country

More than 350 new Green Army projects are set to roll out in every state and territory across the country as part of Round 2 of the programme announced today. The first round of the Green Army is successfully underway and we will now see another 3000 young people aged 17-24 years old engaged in…

50th anniversary of a defining moment for Australian Indigenous civil rights

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH SENATOR HON NIGEL SCULLION, MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS Fifty years ago today, the Indigenous civil rights protests at the Moree Baths and Swimming Pool forever changed and influenced Australia’s Indigenous civil rights movement and the future of Aboriginal Australians. “The significance of events at the Moree Baths and Swimming Pool is…

Taiwanese captain sentenced after breaching Reef navigation rules

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON MICHAEL KEENAN MP, MINISTER FOR JUSTICE A joint operation between the Australian Federal Police and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority resulted in a ship’s master being convicted and fined for failing to take on a pilot prior to navigating the Great Barrier Reef.   The 66-year-old Taiwanese national…

Calling for Green Army participants on Phillip Island and the Bass Coast

The Green Army is looking for enthusiastic 17-24 year olds on Phillip Island and the Bass Coast to  join what will become the largest team of young Australians supporting environmental action across the country. We are looking for young people who want to gain valuable skills, training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields. …

Schools recognised for environmental action to protect the Great Barrier Reef

The Australian Government is recognising Reef Guardian Schools across Queensland for positive, on-ground environmental actions in their schools and communities to help protect the Great Barrier Reef. Each year five schools receive $1000 from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, rewarding their environmental projects over the past year. Ten Reef Guardian Schools also receive…