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Josh Frydenberg - Liberal for Kooyong
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Food Waste Roundtable

On 12 April 2017, I was delighted to address the Food Waste Roundtable, co-hosted with the Pratt Foundation. The Turnbull Government is putting in place a National Food Waste Strategy to halve food waste by 2030 - a subject I wrote an oped about in today's Australian here.

The Roundtable brought together peak bodies including the National Farmers’ Federation and Food and Grocery Council, academic experts from the CSIRO, Monash and Melbourne universities, RMIT and the University of Technology Sydney, food chains including Coles, Woolworths and Nestle and food relief and rescue groups such as SecondBite, FoodBank, FareShare, OzHarvest and Yume.

In Australia we produce enough food to feed 60 million people a year but every month more than 600,000 people, one third of them children, seek food relief from relevant charities. The cost of food waste to the overall economy each year in Australia is estimated to be $20 billion and globally 1.3 billion tonnes of food, worth $1 trillion is wasted.

The Government is committed to coordinate a strategy to halve food waste and to see the economic, environmental and social benefits that would flow if we did not waste so much food. Through committed participants and improvements along the supply chain we can reach this target. Today was an important opportunity to map our way forward ahead of a National Food Waste summit to be held in November later this year.

Visit to Perth

Last week I was pleased to travel to Western Australia to catch up with my newly sworn in ministerial counterparts – Energy Minister and Treasurer Ben Wyatt, and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson. Both meetings were highly constructive and covered a range of areas for federal-state cooperation across the two areas of my portfolio responsibilities. I also met with Dr Kathleen Broderick, executive manager at NRM Western Australia to hear about the good work improving biodiversity and natural resource management in Western Australia.

The Western Australian economy is well-known for its major energy and resource projects and it was great to join a number of leading businesses at the Western Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for a breakfast event. My keynote address covered national energy policy, company tax cuts and other reforms designed to make it easier to do business, followed by some lively Q&A. It was also great to tour one of Western Australia’s thriving local businesses when I joined my colleague Senator Linda Reynolds at Beaver Tree Services with its owner, Paul Harrison, and Wayne Nurse from Business Armadale. Beaver Tree Services provides arboreal and traffic management services to Perth and is a great local success story that will benefit from the Governments enterprise tax plan for jobs & growth.
Senator Linda Reynolds and I also visited Carnegie Clean Energy for a briefing on their world leading wave energy technology and for the unveiling of the largest batteries ever designed and engineered in Australia. Carnegie Clean Energy is an Australian owned renewable energy company who have built a 2.6 megawatt hour battery energy storage system. The battery system will shortly be deployed at the CSIRO's Square Kilometre Array project in the mid-West alongside Carnegie's recently commissioned solar PV project. ARENA has been able to assist this innovative company with a $13 million grant to enable it to develop some of the most innovative clean energy technology in the world.


Meeting with the President of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

It was great to meet today with the President of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Mr Zhang Xinsheng, who is visiting Australia to promote the links between the environment and good health. The IUCN is a global authority on the status of the natural world and measures to safeguard it, and I was pleased to discuss Australia’s leading role in establishing and promoting links between nature and human wellbeing through programs or initiatives such as National Landcare, Healthy Parks Healthy People, and Indigenous Protected Areas. 

Kingspan Insulation Facility Opening

On 5 April 2017, I spoke at the opening of Kingspan Insulation Facility in Somerton Victoria. Alongside Victorian Minister for Industry and Employment - The Hon Wade Noonan MP, Ambassador of Ireland - His Excellency Mr Breandán Ó Caollaí, CEO of Kingspan - Mr Gene Murtagh and General Manager – Scotts Gibson, I experienced the unveiling of the 14,000 sqm state-of-art Kooltherm plant.

Kingspan is Australia's first 5 Green Star manufacturing facility, with a 750kw solar generation system designed into the roof system, industrial low energy lighting system and low energy and heating system. During the day shift the factory operates with net- zero emissions as solar energy powers the machinery. 

Kingspan manufactures high performance insulation, building fabric and solar integrated building envelopes, aimed at providing high efficiency, low cost and low carbon building solutions across a broad range of market sectors. It services Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Oceania markets and consumers benefit from lower energy bills by increasing their building's energy efficiency.

The $40 million dollar facility received a $3 million grant from joint Federal / State Government and Ford Australia under the Melbourne’s North Innovation and Investment Fund (MNIIF) grant scheme.

Q & A

On 4 April 2017, I joined the Q & A program in Sydney. Hosted by Tony Jones, other panel members included Nobel Peace laureate and founder of Grameen Bank - Muhammad Yunus, Former Prime Minister of Denmark now CEO of Save The Children International - Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Shadow Minister for Human Services - Linda Burney and Editor-at-large The Australian - Paul Kelly. Tonight’s focus was on global issues and the panel responded to questions regarding freedom of speech, energy policy, women and girls human rights, global inequality, foreign aid and the Syrian conflict. 

National Environmental Science Programme

On 30 March 2017, I had the great pleasure to speak to the leaders of the National Environmental Science Programme at the National Museum of Australia, about the government’s committed focus on integrating science into environmental decision making.

The National Environmental Science Programme is delivered through six research hubs which are producing critical information, new knowledge and new approaches in ways to tackle today’s environmental challenges. These six hubs include; Clean Air and Urban Landscapes, Earth Systems and Climate Change, Marine Biodiversity, Northern Australia Environmental Resources, Threatened Species Recovery and Tropical Water Quality.

Under this programme scientists, policymakers and communities are connected to deliver research that provides practical solutions. This research being provided is highly valued by the Australian Government, industry and wider community, as it is a shared responsibility to care for our environment for future generations.

Indigenous Advisory Committee

On 29 March 2017, I had the pleasure of meeting with the Indigenous Advisory Committee and learning about their ambitions for improving land and sea country management. Ideas ranged across savanna fire management, environmental training for Indigenous people and commercial opportunities for managing invasive species. 

Meeting with delegation of French Senators

On 29 March 2017, I was pleased to discuss environmental and energy policy with French Senators from the Committee of Land-use Planning and Sustainable Development. Senators Hervé Maurey, Didier Mandelli, Philippe Madrelle, Jean-Yves Roux and Louis Nègre were accompanied by H.E. Ambassador Christophe Lecourtier. The meeting was a good opportunity to discuss the strong ties between Australia and France and our shared interests in a cleaner, secure and more prosperous future. Both Australia and France have confirmed their firm support of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Australia and France are also working together on blue carbon ecosystems, the preservation of coral reefs worldwide and the phase down of hydrofluorocarbons under the Montreal Protocol. For more information, please visit here.

Meeting with Balwyn Life Activities Club in Parliament House

On 29 March 2017, it was fantastic to catch up with the members of the Balwyn Life Activities Club, who were visiting Parliament House as part of the clubs annual trip to Canberra, organised by the Acting President Irene Hanvin.

Balwyn Life Activities Club is a not-for-profit community group in my electorate, run by volunteers to keep seniors active in the community. There are 22 Life Activities Clubs in Victoria, each with a focus to keep members physically fit and mentally alert. For more information about Life Activities Clubs please visit here

Hawthorn (Boroondara) Relay For Life 2017

On the 25 – 26 March 2017, I had the privilege to officially open and close the Hawthorn (Boroondara) Relay For Life 2017 at the John Gardiner Reserve, Hawthorn, and participate with my team the 'Kooyong Colts' for the sixth consecutive year in a row to raise money for cancer research, advocacy and support.

This year there were 44 teams participating in the 18 hour relay, with a large presence of schools, including first time participant Auburn High School. The Kooyong Colts walked non-stop all night to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, and to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer. Over $65,000 was raised by Boroondara Relay For Life after the 18 hour walkathon.

I'm proud the Kooyong Colts were crowned this year's highest fundraiser, making our team the highest fundraising team for the past five years. This year the Kooyong Colts raised over $19,000, bringing our total fundraising effort since 2012 to over $100,000. There is still one more month to donate to this wonderful cause here.

Thank you to our generous donors, walkers, volunteers and to the event organisers including committee members Graeme Jacobs and Richard Heron, Nick Wald from Cancer Council, and Jo Xuereb Chair of Hawthorn Relay for Life for making this worthy event possible.


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