Over $485 million in Reef investments this year

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON DR STEVEN MILES MP, QUEENSLAND MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT & HON JACKIE TRAD MP, QUEENSLAND DEPUTY PREMIER Investment by the Australian and Queensland Governments, industry and the community in the Great Barrier Reef exceeded more than $485 million in 2014/15 alone, according to the new Investment Baseline released today. Deputy…

Final World Heritage Committee decision praises Australia and unanimously rejects “in danger” listing for Great Barrier Reef

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON DR STEVEN MILES MP, QUEENSLAND MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT & HON JACKIE TRAD MP, QUEENSLAND DEPUTY PREMIER Australia and Queensland strongly welcome the final and unanimous decision of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to not place the Great Barrier Reef on its world heritage in-danger list. In fact, all references…

Honouring the outstanding contribution of our senior residents

I am calling for nominations for the Flinders Seniors Awards. The seniors awards are an opportunity for us to recognise residents who have made an outstanding contribution to our community. The Flinders electorate is blessed with a large population of senior residents who work tirelessly to help others in need. These unsung heroes dedicate countless…

Taking action to tackle harmful marine debris

The Australian Government will revise its national marine debris plan to limit the damage that plastic and other waste products cause to Australia’s marine life. Marine debris – garbage washed from land or dumped by ships at sea and abandoned fishing gear – poses a serious danger to all sea creatures. Marine species can ingest…

New Intergovernmental Agreement gives Reef 2050 Plan strong legal status

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON DR STEVEN MILES MP, QUEENSLAND MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT & HON JACKIE TRAD MP, QUEENSLAND DEPUTY PREMIER The Australian and Queensland Governments have made a significant update to the Great Barrier Reef Intergovernmental Agreement, established in 1979, to further strengthen our plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef…

Panel to provide expert advice on Reef priorities

As part of our strong commitment to protecting the Great Barrier Reef, the Federal Government is appointing an Independent Expert Panel to provide scientific advice on Reef priorities and actions. The Panel will be chaired by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, and will include leading Australian scientists from a variety of scientific disciplines. The…

Round Three of Green Army ready to roll out

More than 150 new Green Army projects are set to hit the ground in every state and territory across the country as part of round three of the programme. The new round three projects bring the total number of projects ready to be delivered over the first three years of the programme to 704. We’ve…

Certainty and growth for renewable energy

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON IAN MACFARLANE MP, MINISTER FOR INDUSTRY AND SCIENCE The Senate has passed a Renewable Energy Target (RET) that will result in more than 23.5% of Australia’s electricity being derived from renewable sources by 2020. There will be considerable growth in both small and large scale renewable energy by 2020 and…

Join my 500km Walk for Autism

In July this year, I will embark on a 500km walk around my electorate to increase awareness about autism and raise money for Abacus Learning Centre and Amaze (Autism Victoria). I invite you to walk with me for 1km, a day, or any part of the walk to help me support this cause or to…

Green Army hits 300 teams on the ground and counting

The Government has significantly exceeded its first year target of 250 Green Army teams – with more than 300 projects already commenced or completed. Green Army projects are underway in every state and territory with young people working on a range projects that are making a difference to our environment. Local communities and participants continue…