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Israel Trip

From 23-25 April, I visited Israel, accompanied by a delegation of Australian clean energy entrepreneurs and business leaders as well as the CEO of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

I wrote an opinion piece outlining the results of our visit here.

It was a very productive visit during which we had the opportunity to visit the Ashalim solar thermal plant, an autonomous drone company Airobotics, a cyber security firm Claroty, a wave power start-up EcoWave as well as meeting energy companies including GE which is developing the Gilboa pumped hydro project.

My Israeli counterpart, Environment Minister Ze'ev Elkin, and I signed a Declaration of Intent on environmental protection. My press release is here.

I delivered a key note address to the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce on the strength of our relations and prospects for growth, particularly in the clean energy and technology sector.

I also had the honour to attend the official Holocaust Memorial Day service, Yom HaShoah, at Yad Vashem at which the Israeli President and Prime Minister both spoke.

And finally, it was a privilege to visit the Commonwealth war graves at Be'er Sheva, where later this year the Australian and Israeli Prime Ministers will mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Be'er Sheva. I spoke about one young Australian buried here during my Anzac Day address at Mount Scopus in Jerusalem, and my speech can be found here.

ANZAC Day 2017

As we approach ANZAC Day on 25 April 2017 we remember Australia’s brave defence personnel, who for over a century, have contributed to every major conflict, fighting for our freedoms and values. In 2017, we also continue to mark the century of service and sacrifice of the First World War. I encourage you to attend an ANZAC Day Service in our community this year, to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all Australians who have served our country with distinction and honour. You will find the Kooyong ANZAC Day brochure with local service details here

Queen Victoria Market

On 12 April 2017, it was great to be at the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) together with the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, the Rt Hon Robert Doyle and CEO of QVM, Malcolm McCullough, to announce the opening of the public consultation period for the National Heritage assessment process. A fitting announcement to make during the inaugural Australian Heritage Festival.

Established in 1878 the QVM hosts 10 million visitors a year and is a window to Melbourne’s social and economic history. A bustling market with more than 700 traders, QVM is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere and is one of Melbourne’s iconic landmarks. 

The Australian Heritage Council is now welcoming comments from the public after the Council’s decision last month that QVM, including the Old Melbourne Cemetery which was located at the market site, ‘might have one or more National Heritage values.’  The Council will provide a formal recommendation to me later this year on whether or not QVM should be included on the National Heritage List. 

There are currently 108 places on the National Heritage List, recognising Australia’s most significant landmarks and places. Comments can be provided to the Australian Heritage Council by 5pm on 14 July by either by email or post. I encourage as many people as possible to provide comment and get involved in the process. Further information about the nomination and public consultation is available here.

Visit to Tasmania

Today I travelled with the Prime Minister and a number of my ministerial colleagues to take part in the Joint Commonwealth and Tasmanian Economic Council with the Tasmanian Government. The Council develops reforms needed to boost Tasmania's long-term growth. The Council was briefed on the important energy market developments, in particular the opportunity for the Tasmanian hydro system to provide more renewable energy, while stabilising the grid.

In the afternoon, the Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments announced two feasibility studies that will assess several new pumped hydro energy storage schemes that could deliver up to 2,500MW of storage capacity for the National Electricity Market, as well as the expansion existing hydro power stations. This builds on the Government’s commitment to Snowy 2.0. 

Focus on the delivery of quality in-home services for older Australians

The Turnbull Government today launched a package of services that will reform and revitalise Australia’s aged care system. Importantly these new funding packages deliver a totally new consumer-focused package of aged care services designed to keep older Australians in their own homes.

Increasing Choice in Home Care gives consumers more choice in home care services – such as personal care, nursing and social support – to suit individual needs.  This new service approach will ensure providers offer more flexible, personalised services that put older people and their families at the centre of the delivery of high-quality, innovative home care.

Additionally the Government has announced new funding for 475 Short-Term Restorative Care places that will help older people who are experiencing illness or who have suffered an injury to stay in their own homes for up to eight weeks to help them get back on their feet and improve their quality of life.

The Government has also announced that 245 organisations will receive funding to deliver additional aged-care services nationally through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) Growth Funding Round.  The CHSP supports more than 640,000 older people across Australia to live at home and maintain their independence. 

Helping older people to stay at home and in their communities for longer is another way the Government is providing choice in aged-care services so that the people who built this nation can live a dignified old age. 

Visit to Northern Queensland

On 12 / 13 April 2017, I visited the North Queensland electorate of Leichardt with my colleague Warren Entsch MP. It included a visit to the World Heritage listed Daintree, where I attended an energy forum with around 100 locals present. Convened by the chairmen of the Daintree Rainforest Power Committee, Russell O’Doherty, community members expressed their concern about how they are forced to rely on diesel generators, using 3 million litres of diesel a year. In a positive development the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is examining alternative sources of power using the latest renewable technology including solar PV, batteries and biomass.

While in the Daintree I met with the Wet Tropics Management Authority and their chair Leslie Shirreffs to discuss the work underway to tackle the yellow crazy ant infestation. I announced the Coalition Government is delivering the $8.8 million commitment made at the time of the last election to eradicate the crazy yellow ants which are ruining biodiversity and agriculture in the wet tropics.

I also announced that the Coalition Government is providing more than $18 million for six new projects to improve water quality and protect the riparian coastal habitat and marine species in the Great Barrier Reef. These projects which include new measures to prevent gully erosion are particularly timely and important as we seek to improve the reef's resilience in face of recent bleaching and cyclone activity. You can find my media release here.

With Warren Entsch MP, I toured the new Cairns Aquarium and Reef Research Centre, a $54 million, world-class, 7,500 square metre, three-level public aquarium, which will promote to visitors Australia's premier natural asset, the Great Barrier Reef. The aquarium will also be a centre of reef research, focusing on creating awareness of the threats to the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding ecosystems and what can be done to protect these environments. The aquarium will be open in June this year.

I also met with the Queensland Electricity Users Network (QUEN) a consumer organisation representing a range of industries including agriculture, tourism, mining, construction and councils. QUEN advocates for affordable and reliable electricity in Queensland and we discussed various aspects of the energy policy including matters relating to the Finkel review. 

Daintree energy forum.

With Warren Entsch MP and Russell O'Doherty - chairmen of the Daintree Rainforest Power Committee.

With the Wet Tropics Management Authority.

Discussing the six new projects for the Great Barrier Reef.

Touring the new Cairns Aquarium.

Touring the new Cairns Aquarium.

Meeting with the Queensland Electricity Users Network (QUEN).

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.


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