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Meeting Capital City Lord Mayors on Energy

This morning I meet with the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors to discuss the role local government can play in addressing our energy and climate challenges. The eight capital cities account for two thirds of Australia’s population and economy. There are great opportunities to enhance energy productivity in our cities through more efficient buildings, more fuel efficient cars and more efficient street lighting. The Government is driving these improvements through our National Energy Productivity Plan, which will improve energy productivity by 40 per cent by 2030, saving money and reducing emissions. 



International Women’s Day 2017

Today 8 March 2017, I had the pleasure of hosting a lunch for a group of extraordinary women from our local community to celebrate International Women’s Day 2017. Our special guest, was my colleague, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills. I was pleased to introduce the Minister to leading women from the fields of business, non-for-profit, education and medicine. The conversation focused on how we can encourage and inspire more women and girls to achieve their goals. 




State of the Environment 2016 report

On 7 March, I tabled the State of the Environment 2016 report, which will this year for the first time be available in an interactive digital format expanding its reach and ensuring greater use and engagement from the academic and broader community.  It was a pleasure to meet the report’s lead authors across its nine thematic areas including the Antarctic environment, atmosphere, biodiversity, built environment, coasts, heritage, inland waters, land and the marine environment.  The report can be accessed at https://www.environment.gov.au/science/soe and my op-ed on the report can be accessed here. I am pictured below receiving the report and a briefing from the authors.





Visit to Peter Cook Centre for Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) Research at the University of Melbourne

On 6 March I visited the Peter Cook Centre for Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) Research based at the University of Melbourne to discuss the excellent work being undertaken in conjunction with CO2CRC, the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute and the Melbourne Energy Institute. The Government is looking at all opportunities to resolve our energy dilemma and CCS has a role to play as a low emissions technology.  It can be applied to energy production from all fuel sources as well reduce emissions in industrial processes.


Turning the sod at the North East Community Hub in Balwyn North

On 6 March I was honoured to represent the federal government at the turning of the sod for the $17.2 million North East Community Hub project in Balwyn North. The federal government has invested $3.2 million in this important project. The Hub will house community meeting and function rooms, a library lounge, the North Balwyn RSL and its memorabilia, the Greythorn Maternal and Child Health Centre, the Greythorn Early Childhood Centre and Kindergarten, consulting rooms for allied health services and include around 70 underground car parking spaces. The project will also create a new public park including an RSL memorial and upgrade to Centre Way, to integrate the building into the Greythorn Shopping Centre.

The project should be completed by mid 2018 and it is estimated that it will attract more than 155,000 locals annually, across the range of services. It is designed to revitalise an under-utilised recreational and retail precinct and will increase employment opportunities and trade at the Greythorn Shopping Centre. It is estimated that 100 new jobs will be created during the construction phase.


Glenferrie Road Festival

On 5 March I visited the Glenferrie Road Festival and caught up with John Pesutto, the state member for Hawthorn and locals at what is always a really fun day. 




Clean Up Australia Day

On 5 March 2017 I joined John Pesutto MP and members of the Rotary Club of Glenferrie at Patterson Reserve in Hawthorn for the annual Clean Up Australia Day. More than half a million Australians will join Clean Up Australia Day activities today to clear up rubbish on our streets, in our parks, bushland, beaches and waterways and to protect our most valued natural assets. The first Clean Up Australia Day was held in 1990, and it has since become Australia’s largest community-based environmental event, with Australians having collected over 331 thousand tonnes of rubbish.


World Wildlife Day 2017

Today 3 March 2017, I celebrated Word Wildlife Day with the Threatened Species Commissioner at Strathcona Baptist Grammar School, Canterbury, to recognise and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants and more particularly our own threatened species.

This year World Wildlife Day is under the theme “Listen to the young voices”, to inspire young people, as the future leaders and decision makers of the world, to act at both local and global levels to protect endangered wildlife. It is a day we celebrate the world’s remarkable animals, and especially the remarkable and unique animals that call Australia home including cockatoos, rosellas, wallabies and bilbies. 

The Australian Government is also pleased to report on World Wildlife Day it is on track to invest more than $210 million through our Threatened Species Strategy. The Threatened Species Strategy is a plan for how we will prioritise our efforts and to work in partnership with the community and state and territory governments over the next five years. The Strategy sets out a road map and highlights how our approach of science, action and partnership can be used to achieve the long-term goal of reversing species declines and supporting species recovery. Already the Fund is helping species like the beautiful helmeted honeyeater, the avian emblem of Victoria, which has doubled in numbers.

World Wildlife Day Festivities also coincided with Clean Up Australia Day activities at Strathcona Baptist Grammar School ahead of the official day on Sunday 5 March 2017.

More information about how you can get involved in Clean Up Australia Day can be found here: http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/get-involved/









Australian Forest Products Association industry dinner

On 1 March, I joined the Australian Forest Products Association at their industry dinner in Canberra, together with my colleague, Assistant Minister Anne Ruston. The forestry and forest products industry is a significant part of the economy, with over $20 billion in annual turnover and an estimated 120,000 Australians working in the full value chain. In my keynote address I talked about energy policy, which is important to the industry given their large energy use, which is often gas. I also spoke about renewable energy and climate change policy, providing an update on the Emissions Reduction Fund, the plantation method and the Government's climate review.





Our Lady of Good Counsel School visits Parliament House

On 1 March 2017, I enjoyed welcoming the Year 5 and 6 students from Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Deepdene, to Parliament House, Canberra. Thousands of Kooyong’s 30,000 school students experience Canberra and Parliament each year. During their visit to Canberra the students experienced the National Gallery of Australia, the High Court of Australia and Parliament in action. I met with Our Lady of Good Counsel students during the parliamentary role play education program and spoke with them about  the role of a Member of Parliament, the seat of Kooyong, and the three levels of Government. 



 

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