$3.3 million boost for Tuggerah Lakes

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH KAREN MCNAMARA MP, MEMBER FOR DOBELL Tuggerah Lakes on the New South Wales Central coast will benefit from a $3.3 million boost as part of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme. Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Federal Member for Dobell, Karen McNamara, today visited the Tuggerah Lakes estuary on the…

Central Coast Green Army teams hit the ground

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH KAREN MCNAMARA MP, MEMBER FOR DOBELL Young locals on the New South Wales Central Coast are taking up the opportunity to be a part of the Australian Government’s Green Army Programme to help communities deliver important local conservation outcomes. Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Federal Member for Dobell, Karen McNamara,…

Animator receives Antarctic Arts Fellowship

Australian animator and producer Jilli Rose is the 2014 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow. Each year, the Australian Government awards an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship to enable those with a non-science focus to experience Antarctica first-hand so they can communicate this unique experience and understanding to other Australians. The recipient of this year’s Fellowship, Jilli Rose,…

Emissions Reduction Fund passes Senate

This morning the Senate has passed legislation to put in place the Emissions Reduction Fund. For nearly five years the Emissions Reduction Fund has been the centrepiece of the Coalition’s plan to tackle climate change. It is a cost¬ effective and practical approach that will reduce our national emissions without a multi-billion dollar carbon tax.…

Streamlining environmental assessments to help boost Tasmanian economy

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON MATTHEW GROOM, TASMANIAN MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT The Tasmanian and Federal Governments have now created a One-Stop Shop for environmental assessments in Tasmania, with Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Tasmanian Environment Minister Matthew Groom signing a new assessment bilateral agreement. Reducing the regulatory burden on business by streamlining the…

A One-Stop Shop for environmental assessments in Victoria

A new assessment bilateral agreement that removes duplication and provides a single process for environmental assessments in Victoria has been signed by the Commonwealth and Victorian governments. Duplication of federal, state or territory and local planning processes adds complexity and cost to environmental approvals across the country. The agreement reduces the regulatory burden on business,…

Supporting action to target Crown-of-Thorns Starfish

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON WARREN ENTSCH MP, FEDERAL MEMBER FOR LEICHARDT & EWEN JONES MP, FEDERAL MEMBER FOR HERBERT More marine tourism operators, community organisations and commercial reef users now have the opportunity to take part in the fight against crown-of-thorns starfish infestations on the Great Barrier Reef. A single injection method, which has so far…

Renewable Energy Target

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON IAN MACFARLANE MP, MINISTER FOR INDUSTRY The Australian Government is committed to renewable energy and a Renewable Energy Target that represents a real 20 per cent of electricity production in Australia, as was the original bipartisan intent. The Government will begin good faith negotiations with the Labor Party today in…

Record fall in electricity prices following carbon tax repeal

Scrapping the carbon tax has delivered Australian families and businesses the biggest drop in electricity prices on record. Today the ABS released the Consumer Price Index for the September Quarter 2014 — the first outcome since the Coalition scrapped Labor’s damaging carbon tax. Electricity prices had the largest fall since 1980 (when the CPI electricity…