Government focussed on repairing the RET

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON IAN MACFARLANE MP, MINISTER FOR INDUSTRY AND SCIENCE The Australian Government is determined to restore a Renewable Energy Target that works as intended, to encourage investment in renewable energy and to maintain Australia’s diverse energy mix. The existing RET is broken. Both the Opposition and the clean energy industry know…

Coalition to legislate water buyback cap

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON BARNABY JOYCE, MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE & HON BOB BALDWIN MP, PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT The Coalition Government have today announced that they will bring forward legislation to cap buybacks to 1500 gigalitres, as part of the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, as promised by the…

Media Statement

Today I visited the Liverpool Plains to meet with local farmers to hear their views about the proposed Watermark project. I am aware of the high level of community concern regarding this project. I have requested additional advice from the Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development (IESC) in…

First 100 Green Army projects up and running

The Green Army reached a significant milestone today with 100 projects on the ground around Australia. Young people across the country are taking part in important environmental and conservation activities, while at the same time receiving training and qualifications. The benefits from the projects underway are already evident. We are 100 projects in and we…

Green Army marches in to enhance the natural environment

I’m pleased to announce the Mornington Peninsula and Western Port region will host four new projects under Round 2 of the government’s Green Army programme. Projects include restoring bushland, mangrove planting, track maintenance, re-vegetation and weed control. The Westernport Bay Green Army Project delivers on an election commitment and I am delighted to see this…

NBN broadband for Catani and Bayles

More than 250 residents in Catani, Bayles and surrounds will soon be able to access superfast-broadband as the National Broadband Network (NBN) rolls out across the region.  I am pleased that fixed wireless broadband construction has started in these townships. Residents should be able to connect broadband and phone services through the NBN within 12…