Federal Government commits to Build Better Regions

Phillip Island and Bass Coast organisations will soon be able to apply for funding under the Coalition Government’s newly announced $297 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF). The Federal Government is committed to investing in projects that will create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger rural, regional and remote communities into the future. Locals…

Mornington Peninsula to benefit from Victorian Infrastructure Package

The Australian Government has finalised its $1.5 billion commitment to the $3 billion Victorian Infrastructure Package, which will benefit those living on the Mornington Peninsula as well as tourists visiting the region. The investment will see a range of priority projects delivered across urban and regional Victoria following ongoing discussions with the Victorian Government. At…

National Broadband Network rolling out across the Mornington Peninsula

I am delighted that an additional 5,900 premises in Blairgowrie and Somerville, will soon have access to faster and more reliable internet access, with construction of the National Broadband Network now underway. The message for Mornington Peninsula residents is clear – superfast broadband is on its way. Within the Flinders electorate more than 17,000 premises…

Federal Government Supporting Our Veterans

Veterans and their families across Western Port will benefit from Australian Government grant funding for a local project. The Hastings RSL Sub-branch has been awarded $42,031 to purchase new equipment for the programs provided by the Sub-branch, under the Government’s Veteran and Community Grants program. By providing funding to local organisations for special projects the…

Eco and nature-based tourism to benefit from cuts to red tape

Western Australia has launched a major new project to help boost investment and create jobs by cutting unnecessary red tape in the vital eco and nature-based tourism sector. This important project comes after the Turnbull Government last week struck a landmark agreement with state and territory governments for a new National Business Simplification Initiative. The…

Australian Industry Group National Executive Dinner Speech

Introduction It’s a pleasure to be with you and I thank Innes [Innes Willox, Chief Executive, Ai Group] for inviting me to address your quarterly dinner. I appreciate your generosity in giving me several opportunities to join you. I was pleased to speak at an Ai Group lunch in Melbourne in August, and to launch…

$4 million boost for Australia’s growing citizen science movement

From classifying galaxies to counting koalas across the country, recording rainfall or your own sleep habits, citizen science projects give Australians the chance to contribute to scientific research. I am delighted to announce that the Turnbull Government is providing $4 million in Citizen Science Grants, over four years, to support more opportunities for the public…

Mornington Peninsula pre-schoolers given chance to learn another language

Every pre-schooler in the Mornington Peninsula will have the opportunity to learn a foreign language, as the Turnbull Government announced that applications for the popular Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program were now open. The Polyglots apps are an innovative program that has already seen around 10,000 children across the country learning new languages and…

Victorian Infrastructure Package Finalised

The Australian Government has finalised its $1.5 billion commitment to the $3 billion Victorian Infrastructure Package, which will benefit those living on Phillip Island as well as tourists visiting the region. The investment will see a range of priority projects delivered across urban and regional Victoria following ongoing discussions with the Victorian Government. At the…