Government enhances protections for Phillip Island small businesses

Phillip Island small businesses will have increased protections under Australian consumer law, thanks to new laws passed by the Turnbull Government. Changes to Australian unfair contract terms under consumer law will provide close to 900 small businesses on Phillip Island the same protections as available to consumers, following an extensive consultation and implementation period. This…

Koo Wee Rup a step closer to natural gas

After a decade and half of community advocacy, the residents of Koo Wee Rup are a step closer to receiving reticulated natural gas to their homes. Following representations made to the Victorian Government regarding the Koo Wee Rup gas project, it was pleasing to hear that the project is well advanced with the Australian Gas…

Federal Government Support for Men’s Shed

The Cranbourne Casey Men’s Shed and the New Peninsula Men's Shed Mount Martha will receive $4500 and $5000 respectively from the Turnbull Government to promote and support men’s health and wellbeing. This grant is part of $400,000 in national funding which will be distributed to 93 community Men’s Sheds across Australia. Men’s Sheds are a…

Phillip Island tourism industry benefits from new national record

The picturesque region of Phillip Island is a key reason why Australia has broken the eight million international visitor mark for the first time. Growth in the international tourism industry across Australia is great news for our local region, with world class beaches, fine dining, the award winning Phillip Island Nature Parks and serene walking…

Health Care Homes initiative coming to the Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula residents living with chronic health conditions are set to be benefit from stage one of the Turnbull Government’s innovative Health Care Homes initiative. As a part of the South East Melbourne Primary Health Network the Peninsula has been selected as one of ten regions across Australia that will benefit from the Government’s $100million…

Australia steps up to prevent a world nuclear medicine shortfall

Australia is making a significant global contribution by stepping up to help prevent a shortfall in world nuclear medicine supplies with two projects worth about $170 million. Last week one of the world’s main suppliers of nuclear medicine, the ageing National Research Universal (NRU) in Canada, ceased routine production of nuclear medicine operations after about…

$60,000 for bushfire mitigation on the Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula will receive $60,000 in disaster resilience funding to better prepare local communities from the threat of bushfires. Funding will be provided to the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council under the Federal Government’s $15 million National Bushfire Mitigation Program. This money will be used to construct a fire access track, apply additional fuel management…

Australia secures world’s most important space science event

Australia will host the world’s largest space conference in 2020, with thousands of international experts set to join local scientists and astronomers to explore future space missions and investigate trade, research and development opportunities. Sydney will host the Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), which will be the second time the prestigious…

Innovation and Science Australia and CRC Advisory Committee appointments

New appointments to the Australian Government’s primary innovation bodies bring significant experience and a broad range of high-level skills to Australia’s innovation system. I am delighted to announce the appointment of University of Melbourne innovation expert Dr Charles Day as CEO of Innovation and Science Australia (ISA), following an extensive international search for a world-leading…

Australia leading the world with development of printed solar panels

Australia’s status as a global leader in solar power has received a major boost with the Turnbull Government investing $1.6 million in a world-first project aimed at creating cheaper electricity systems by using printed solar panels. The initiative will see CSIRO join forces with two Australian companies to create unique technology that can integrate printed…