Streamlining environmental approvals in Western Australia

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON ALBERT JACOB, WA MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT The Western Australian and Australian Governments are now one step closer to creating a One-Stop Shop for environmental assessments and approvals. Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Western Australian Minister for Environment Albert Jacob today released a draft bilateral agreement on environmental approvals…

Farmers keen to improve water quality in the Great Barrier Reef

Queensland’s cane farmers have responded enthusiastically to a call for expressions of interest in the Australian Government’s $5 million Reef Trust Tender—Wet Tropics programme. The expression of interest phase of the programme closed today with an overwhelming response, with over 200 EOIs submitted by Wet Tropics cane farmers. This is positive news for the ongoing…

Christmas comes early for landcare

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON BARNABY JOYCE MP, MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE Almost 300 community groups and individuals across Australia will share in $5 million to enable communities to take practical action as part of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme. Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, and Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today announced the…

20 Million Trees Programme continues to grow

In a major step forward for the 20 Million Trees Programme, the Australian Government today released a Request for Tender, seeking one or more service providers to undertake large-scale revegetation projects across Australia. The Australian Government’s 20 Million Trees Programme is a key election commitment, providing $50 million over four years to deliver tree planting…

Cane toads to get the boot in the Kimberley

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH MELISSA PRICE MP, FEDERAL MEMBER FOR DURACK The Australian Government is delivering on its Durack electorate commitment to reduce the threat of cane toads in the Kimberley region of Western Australia with $500,000 in funding through the Kimberley Cane Toad Clean Up Programme over 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. Cane toads were introduced…

$4.5 million for greening our cities and communities

More than one million trees are expected to be planted as part of the first small grants round of the Australian Government’s 20 Million Trees Programme. The 20 Million Trees Programme is a key election commitment, providing $50 million over four years to contribute to re-establishing native vegetation, providing habitat to support our threatened plants…

Please consider supporting Food for All this Christmas

I was delighted to join the Southern Peninsula Food for All team in Rosebud last week. The team of dedicated volunteers is packing hundreds of hampers to be distributed to local families in need this Christmas. Families who would otherwise struggle at Christmas time will receive food hampers and gifts for children to make their…

Australia to take part in Southern Ocean whale research voyage

The Australian Government is preparing to embark on a Southern Ocean research voyage this summer that will undertake important research on endangered whale species in our area. The Government has committed $1.1 million to the research voyage. The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) will join with Antarctica New Zealand and New Zealand’s National Institute of Water…

A new agreement on environmental assessments for New South Wales

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON PRU GOWARD MP, NSW MINISTER FOR PLANNING The Australian and New South Wales Governments has released for public comment an updated bilateral agreement on environmental assessments under national environment law. The Australian Government is working with state and territory governments to streamline environmental regulation and develop a ‘One-Stop Shop’ for…

Labor on strike over Renewable Energy Target

Labor’s decision to walk away from negotiations on the Renewable Energy Target is creating uncertainty for new investments in renewable energy.   Despite numerous calls from the renewable energy sector and large energy users to return to the negotiating table, Labor continues to play politics.   The latest ASX announcement from Meridian Energy that it…