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MobileMuster’s Local Government Awards

In mid-June, I was honoured to present awards to the mayors of the winning MobileMuster councils.

MobileMuster’s Local Government Awards recognise the outstanding efforts of local councils in promoting and collecting mobile phones and components for recycling. In the last year, councils have increased their collections by a huge 25 per cent and recycled over 4.5 tonnes through the program.

With electronic waste one of the fastest growing waste issues in Australia, it’s great to see MobileMuster bringing industry and local government together to make it easy to recycle and deliver important environmental benefits to our communities.

Congratulations National Top Collector per Capita District Council or Orroroo-Carrieton from South Australia as well as all state and territory Top Collectors.

2017 Australian Olympiad Team

Congratulations are in order for Kooyong students Anne Pham and Angus Cramond of Balwyn High School and Hadyn Tang of Trinity Grammar School for being selected for the 2017 Australian Olympiad Team.

Anne, Angus and Hadyn recently visited Parliament House in Canberra for the official team announcement.

I wish you all the very best ahead of the upcoming international science and maths competitions, Anne, Angus and Hadyn!

Crohn’s & Colitis Australia report launch

On 14 June, I attended a celebration marking the launch of the Australian Government supported IBD Audit and Australian Standards 2016 Report by Crohn's & Colitis Australia, an organisation based in my electorate of Kooyong.

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease. About 70,000 Australians suffer from it. The cause is still unknown and there is no cure.

Crohn's and Colitis Australia's mission is to support the Crohn's and colitis community with a focus on support programs. I thank the organisation, its CEO Francesca Manglavati and her team for their tireless advocacy and support for those affected by these diseases.

Grace Park Hawthorn Club - Official Launch

On 11 June, I had the privilege of opening the new facilities at Grace Park Hawthorn Club with former tennis World No. 1, Frank Sedgman, and Australian squash legend, Geoff Hunt. Frank Sedgman collected 22 major titles in just five years winning an astounding 16 out of 24 major trophies in 1951 and 1952. Sedgman was also a particularly talented doubles player winning all four majors in 1951 with his partner Ken McGregor. Geoff Hunt is Australia’s most prolific squash player winning every major international tournament over his star-studded career, and holding the No. 1 spot from 1975 to 1980. The Club’s new facilities feature new state of the art squash courts in combination with existing tennis courts to create an elite sporting facility in Kooyong. The Grace Park Hawthorn Club is a recent amalgamation of Grace Park Lawn Tennis Club, established in 1889, and the Hawthorn Club, which focused on squash and snooker and formed as the Hawthorn Cycling Club in 1902. In 2014, members of both clubs unanimously agreed to join forces combining their long and distinguished history in the local community and setting the Club up for a bright future.

World Environment Day

5 June was World Environment Day and, on a visit to Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary in the ACT, I announced a $29 million boost to further protect Australia’s environment: $27 million for more tree-planting projects across the country as part of the 20 Million Trees program and $2 million for targeted threatened species projects that fight extinction.

At Mulligans Flat, together with ACT Minister for Planning and Land Management Mick Gentleman, Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews and Conventions on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Secretary General John Scanlon, I met Brian the eastern bettong and “turned the sod” to mark the start of work on the Australian and ACT government funded expansion of the feral-free fenced area that protects the likes of Brian.

2017 Maccabiah Games farewell to Victorian athletes

The 2017 Maccabiah Games to be held in Israel in July marks 20 years since a footbridge collapsed during the 1997 Opening Ceremony, tragically killing four Australian team members. As a competitor in the 1997 Maccabiah Games, I was honoured to join Maccabi Australia on 4 June 2017 at The Ark in Hawthorn to commemorate the Australian lives lost and those who were injured. I had the privilege of addressing guests about my experience and recollections of the Maccabiah Games as a competitor and farewelling the Victorian contingent of the 2017 Australian team before they leave for Israel. On 22 May I had the honour of representing the Prime Minister in wishing the Sydney contingent success as they prepare to compete in the Games.

Boroondara Netball Association turns 21

It was great to attend Boroondara Netball Association’s 21st birthday celebrations and to announce the completion of the facilities upgrade at the Boroondara Netball Centre thanks to a federal government grant of $25,000. Congratulations to Sue Reddish, Kirrily Zimmerman and the wonderful volunteers who have made the Association, which has over 3,500 players, one of Victoria’s largest and most successful.

Clean Energy Council Parliamentary Reception

On 30 May, it was great to join the Clean Energy Council at their annual parliamentary reception in Parliament House, to talk about the record investment in renewables under the Turnbull Government. 

During the parliamentary reception the Clean Energy Council 2016 report was released showing renewables share is now 17% in Australia’s electricity mix, with more than 2.6 million households having solar PV and hot water installed on their roofs. 

Alongside the CEO of the Clean Energy Council, Ken Thornton, I spoke about the exciting developments in clean energy, including record levels of investment underway. Large scale renewable energy investment was five times greater than that in 2015 with more than $4 billion committed over the last year. 

Kew Rovers Football Club Annual Presidents Breakfast

On 26 May, it was terrific to attend the Kew Rovers Annual President’s Breakfast at the MCC in Kew and hear from the President Anthony Kift and special guest AFL CEO Gill McLaughlin. Also in attendance was Collingwood football legend, Peter Daicos, and Richmond great, Tony Free. Kew Rovers Football Club has a total of 274 players; 76 female and 198 male making up the 12 male and 3 female teams. The annual breakfast is a great opportunity to rally supporters and hear first hand about the AFL’s initiatives including the successful launch in 2017 of the women’s league.

Meeting with Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) in Parliament House

On 23 May, it was terrific to join the Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Health Greg Hunt to meet with Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA), the peak national organisation for Australians affected by breast cancer based in my electorate Kooyong, in Parliament House. 

Alongside BCNA’s Head of Development, Fundraising and Events – Rozalee Erceg, BCNA Canberra based board member and breast cancer survivor - Megan James and the face of the BCNA campaign and breast cancer survivor – Lan Crowley, we discussed the terrific work the annual Pink Bun campaign is doing to raise money for Australians affected by breast cancer.

From 11 May to 31 May 2017, 600 Bakers Delight bakeries across Australia will donate 100% of the sale price of Pink Buns to BCNA, raising $1.5 million to support Australians affected by breast cancer. With your help, we can raise awareness of breast cancer and create a better journey for all Australians affected by breast cancer.

Make sure you head down to Bakers Delight before 31 May and Help Breast Cancer Network Australia and Bakers Delight give breast cancer the finger … bun!



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