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Meeting with 2018 Australian of the Year

On 13 February, alongside Nationals Deputy Leader Bridget McKenzie, I was delighted to meet our 2018 Australian of the Year, Professor Michelle Simmons, at Parliament House in Canberra.

A professor in quantum physics, Professor Simmons is one of the world’s top scientists, having pioneered research that could lead to a quantum leap in computing. 

She aims to build a quantum computer able to solve problems in minutes that would otherwise take thousands of years. Such a discovery has the potential to revolutionise drug design, weather forecasting, self-driving vehicles, artificial intelligence and more!

Australian Economic Forum (A50)

On 9 February, I participated in an energy panel at the third annual Australian Economic Forum (A50) in Sydney.

Joining me on the panel was Origin Energy Managing Director Frank Calabria, EnergyAustralia Managing Director Catherine Tanna and Quadrant Energy CEO Brett Darley.

Attended by CEOs from across Australia and around the world, the Forum is designed to share economic insights among investors.
I spoke about the Turnbull Government's reform agenda, including the National Energy Guarantee designed to deliver more affordable and reliable power for Australian households and businesses.

Auburn High School Award Assembly

On 2 February, I was delighted to speak about the importance of leadership at Auburn High School’s award assembly and present the 2018 school leaders team with their badges.

School leadership plays a valuable role in educating young people about building relationships, decision making, negotiating, responsibility and preparing them for leadership in life.

The School Captains, Senior Leaders, Middle Leaders and House Captains were all congratulated and acknowledged for being selected as a leader for 2018 and I wish them every success in their roles.

Opening of Soldier On Innovation Hub

On 30 January, I was honoured to open the Soldier On Innovation Hub at North Head Sanctuary in Manly alongside New South Wales Governor David Hurley, local members Tony Abbott and James Griffin, Member for Solomon Luke Gosling, Australian War Memorial Director Brendan Nelson, Harbour Trust Chair Kevin McCann and Soldier On CEO John Bale.
Soldier On is a veterans affairs support organisation that assists people who have served and continue to serve – and their families. The Innovation Hub will run programs focused on health and wellbeing, family support and social inclusion, reaching our very importance service personnel community right across Australia.

The location of the Hub has been made possible due to a partnership between the Harbour Trust and Solder On. The Harbour Trust custodians of historically important sites across Sydney Harbour and the building for the Innovation Hub has been provided to Soldier On rent free.

Launch of renewable powered classrooms

Some lucky Australian students are going back to school this week in classrooms powered by renewable energy and smart technology. I was delighted to visit one of the two classrooms, which we’re funding through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, and meet the fantastic St Christopher’s Catholic Primary School Year 6 class on 30 January (the first day of school!) in Sydney.
The portable classrooms, designed by Hivve Technology, incorporate solar PV generation, real-time energy metering and air quality monitoring – quality air being important for quality learning. The indoor environment and its energy demands are controlled via a dashboard, which is user-friendly for teachers and a learning opportunity for students. Importantly, the solar PV generation has the ability to power not only the portable classroom, but at least two additional conventional classrooms.
It was a pleasure to meet principal Mr Boyd, Year 6 teacher Mrs Short and, of course, the Year 6 class whose future careers I found out will range from Prime Minister, photographer and architect to diesel mechanic, soccer player and more!
Find out more here.

Boroondara Citizenship Ceremony 2018

On 26 January 2018, it was an honour to deliver the key note address at the Boroondara Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony at the Hawthorn Arts Centre. Over 400 community members welcomed our newest Australian citizens to Boroondara.

Australia Day is a time to reflect on our achievements and look forward to our bright, exciting future together. It was terrific to see 122 new Australians take the citizenship pledge, reminding us of the diverse backgrounds we all come from, bringing a richness to our social fabric.

It was also an opportunity to acknowledge some outstanding contributors to our community who selflessly help others. We congratulated the Boroondara's Citizen of the Year, Vivienne Harkness who works with stroke survivors, their carers, families and friends to help survivors rehabilitate back into their communities after the devastating effects of stroke. Together with other members of the Boroondara Support Stroke Group, Vivienne was fundamental in creating the Boroondara Community Stroke Hub, a support model that has been picked up by the Stroke Association of Victoria and is being rolled out across the state. Volunteer of the Year, Bernie Smith, for the past seven years, has been the driving force behind the development of the recently established North Balwyn Men’s Shed. Special Commendations for volunteering included Anne Brown for volunteering her professional skills supporting Guide Dogs Victoria and Walter Scharley for volunteering his time and professional skills at a number of Neighbourhood Houses in Boroondara. All of whom have generously given so much of their time and expertise to help others.

I wish each of our newest citizens the best of luck for their journey ahead in this great land.

Visit to AEMO control room

On 9 January, following a weekend of heatwaves across Australia’s east coast, I visited the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) control room to meet with CEO Audrey Zibelman and senior staff to hear how our National Electricity Market coped.

With AEMO having taken a number of steps in advance to prepare for the increased demand over summer, the grid remained stable in the face of 40 degree temperatures.

While it wasn’t the first and it certainly won’t be the last time our energy system is tested this summer, AEMO has procured for an extra 2000MW of supply which is significantly larger than what used to be generated by Hazelwood in Victoria.

Officially opening the Kooyong Classic

On 9 January, I had the opportunity to officially open the Kooyong Classic at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club with a hit on centre court against former Wimbledon champion and Australian tennis legend Pat Cash.

The Kooyong Classic is known as one of the premier lead up events for the Australian Open. This year’s player field includes Spain’s Rafael Nadal, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Australia’s Destanee Aiava.

It was the young stars of the future that I was most excited to meet though!

Catching up on our local history

On 21 December, it was terrifc to catch up with George Fernando from the Camberwell Historical Society. George presented me with a signed copy of a book about heritage architect John Beswicke authored by his grandson Ken Bethell.  

Beswicke was responsible for designing a number of iconic buildings in Kooyong including the Hawthorn Town Hall and a number of dwellings in Hawthorn and Canterbury. I also received a copy of Remembering Melbourne, a beautiful book that contains photos of Melbourne 1850 – 1960. 

Along with Camberwell Historical Society, we are lucky to have a number of historical groups operating in Kooyong ensuring that our history is well documented and shared. 

2017 Kooyong Christmas Giving Tree

On 21 December, I presented this year's donations to the Kooyong Giving Tree to the residents of Servants Community Housing. Thanks to the generosity of our local community I presented over $12,000 worth of donations, which brings the total cash and in kind contributions to $62,000 since the Kooyong Christmas Giving Tree was established in 2012.

It is wonderful to see so much kindness towards those in need especially at Christmas. Servants provide affordable accommodation to 89 homeless members of our local community.

Servant’s is looking forward to an exciting year in 2018 as it opens its fourth facility, which will focus on women suffering from  domestic violence.

I am pictured here with some of the residents of Servants' Romana House in Kew, presenting the donations.


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