National Heritage Listing for Victoria’s ‘Cathedral of the Wimmera’

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH ANDREW BROAD, FEDERAL MEMBER FOR MALLEE Today the Australian Government placed the ‘Cathedral of the Wimmera’ — The Murtoa No. 1 Grain Store on the National Heritage List. “I am delighted the Murtoa No. 1 Grain Store with its serene cathedral-like interior has been given Australia’s highest heritage honour,” Mr Hunt…

Reef Trust supports investigation into environmental crime

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON MICHAEL KEENAN MP, MINISTER FOR JUSTICE An investigation into the practice of environmental crime, including the illegal killing, poaching and transportation of turtle and dugong meat, will soon be underway as part of the Australian Government’s Reef Trust. Through the new Reef Trust, the Government is providing $5 million towards…

New assessment bilateral agreement in place for South Australia

The Federal and South Australian governments have signed a new bilateral agreement to streamline environmental assessments as part of the Commonwealth’s ‘One-Stop-Shop’ reform. The new agreement creates a single environmental assessment process that meets the strict standards and protections of both South Australian and Commonwealth law. This is another important milestone in reducing the regulatory…

Strong commitment to environmental science with funding for new research

The Australian Government has confirmed its long-term commitment to environment and climate research with funding of $102 million over four years for the 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. The research will ensure decisions about managing Australia’s biodiversity…

Australia to host Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit in Sydney

The Australian Government is delivering on its election commitment to host the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit in Sydney on 12 November 2014. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop made the announcement in New York overnight at the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Summit. The Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit will bring together ministers from countries across the region and leaders…

Payment increase for more than 3.7 million pensioners

I am pleased that more than 3.7 million pensioners across the country have received an increase to their payments from September 20, the second rise this year. Single age pensioners will receive an increase of up to $11.50 a fortnight, while age pensioner couples will receive up to $17.40 extra a fortnight. This means total…

South Australia must stop dumping e-waste and destroying business

The Commonwealth Government has recently been made aware of difficulties faced by some e-waste recycling businesses including disability service providers in South Australia and New South Wales. The scheme was designed by the previous federal Labor government, and states and territories. Having become aware of the issues facing these businesses, including Aspitech in South Australia,…

25th Anniversary Landcare Grants now open

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON BARNABY JOYCE MP, MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE Landcare and other community groups will share in up to $5 million to help restore local environments and enhance the natural resource base with the launch of the 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15 as part of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme. Minister for…

$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…