Local veterans supported through BEST grants

I am pleased to announce that the Southern Peninsula Veterans Centre has received a Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grant of $53, 4322. This grant will enable the centre to continue its day-to-day operations, providing veterans and returned services members with practical and emotional support. The team at the Southern Peninsula Veterans Centre…

Flinders councils to share in $24 million for local roads

Frustrated road users will see significant improvement to the condition of local roads as the Commonwealth Government injects $2.1 billion through its Roads to Recovery Programme. Councils in the Flinders electorate will share in more than $24 million over the next five years to improve and upgrade roads. Local roads provide key links between our…

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…

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,…