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…

Nominations open for the National Heritage List

National Heritage places are of outstanding heritage value to the nation and reveal the richness and diversity of Australia’s extraordinarily natural environment. The Australian Government is now calling for nominations for new places to be included on the National Heritage List.  National Heritage places capture the diversity of stories that have helped to shape our…