Green Army Round Two now open for applications

Applications are now open for community-led Green Army projects that support practical, grassroots environment and heritage conservation activities across Australia. The Australian Government is providing additional opportunities in the 2014/15 financial year for community organisations, environment groups and local councils to apply for Green Army projects in their region. Projects must run for 20-26 weeks…

World Parks Congress gets underway in Sydney

The sixth IUCN World Parks Congress kicks off in Sydney today, with Australia welcoming more than 5,000 delegates from 168 different countries, including 30 international Environment Ministers and five Heads of State. The IUCN World Parks Congress brings together people from all walks of life to identify better ways of looking after our protected areas…

Whale viewing platforms provide boost for Kilcunda

Tourists, locals and enthusiastic whale watchers in Kilcunda will now have a better view of migrating whales as they travel up and down our coast with $25,000 in funding from the Australian Government’s Whale Trail initiative. The Whale Trail initiative provides Commonwealth funding to the local community to help build whale viewing platforms and interpretive…

Monitoring rainforests: the building blocks for action

The Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit in Sydney on 11–12 November will identify practical ways of reducing Asia-Pacific rainforest loss to help cut global greenhouse gas emissions and protect tropical rainforests. Organised by the Australian Government, ministers from rainforest countries in the region and leaders from business, international organisations and civil society will attend the Summit. Hosting…

South Australia’s Millicent Mill wins Environment Minister’s Award

South Australian manufacturer Kimberley-Clark Australia has won this year’s Environment Minister’s Award for a Cleaner Environment. I was pleased to present the award today at the Banksia Foundation’s Sustainability Awards ceremony in Sydney. Kimberley-Clark has been recognised for its commitment to creating a sustainable regional community around its Millicent Mill facility and for outstanding results…

Australian funding to combat illegal logging in Asia-Pacific

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON JULIE BISHOP MP, MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS & SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE The Australian Government is increasing its commitment to the sustainable management and recovery of rainforests in the Asia-Pacific with the announcement today of $6 million from Australia’s aid program.   This funding…

Government welcomes additional assistance for Aspitech

The Federal Government welcomes the announcement that South Australian support organisation, Minda, will provide additional assistance to Aspitech. Aspitech is an Australian Disability Enterprise that employs 140 workers. The organisation provides e-waste recycling services as part of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. Last month Aspitech faced closure but the Federal Government stepped in…

$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,…