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…

Emissions Reduction Fund opens for business

The Australian Government is delivering on its commitment to tackle climate change without Labor’s painful carbon tax, with the first Emissions Reduction Fund auction to open on 15 April 2015. This is the first in a series of opportunities for businesses across the economy to undertake emissions reduction activities and bid their reductions into an…

Green Army Round 3 now open for applications

Community organisations, environment groups and local councils around Australia are invited to nominate new Green Army projects to support practical environment and conservation activities in their region – with Round 3 of the programme now open for applications. The Green Army gives Australians aged 17-24 years the opportunity for training and experience in environmental and…

Disaster assistance for residents in Somerville and Tyabb

Residents of Somerville and Tyabb who were victims of the storms and floods on January 7 will be eligible for Emergency Relief Assistance, jointly funded by the state and federal governments. The Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements will provide emergency grants to eligible people in Somerville and Tyabb who suffered personal hardship and…

Anzac Centenary grant for Phillip Island RSL

The Phillip Island RSL Sub-Branch will be able to refurbish the Cowes cenotaph and make it more accessible for the Anzac Day service this year thanks to an $11,000 Commonwealth Government grant. Flinders MP Greg Hunt said the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program gave community members the opportunity to honour the service and sacrifice that…