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Visit to truss tomato Sundrop Farm

On 23 August, as part of a trip to the electorate of Grey, I visited the extraordinary Sundrop Farm in Port Augusta with local member Rowan Ramsey.

Sundrop is a hydroponic farm that uses concentrated solar thermal power and desalinated water to produce over 100 million truss tomatoes every year.

Established in 2016 and employing over 200 local people, the farm is a very exciting example of the potential for renewable energy in Australia.

Thanks to Chief Operating Officer, Dougal McOmish, and the whole Sundrop team for providing us a behind the scenes tour.

Address at ARENA’s Innovating Energy Summit

On 14 August, I was delighted to speak at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s (ARENA) Innovating Energy Summit at Parliament House.

The Summit brings together Australia’s top minds in energy innovation and showcases Government supported renewable energy projects.

I spoke about how ARENA and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation are accelerating the shift towards a more affordable and reliable renewable energy future.

A better power deal for the Will family

On 9 August, A Current Affair introduced us to the Will family who had received a quarterly electricity bill for over $2,000. Concerned with the extraordinarily high bill, my office made an enquiry with the retailer, AGL.

It was discovered, not only had there been a meter reading error, but also that the Wills were not on the best contract for their circumstances. AGL agreed to waive the outstanding balance and moved the Will family onto a 14 per cent guaranteed discount contract. Find out more here.

I encourage all Australians to check whether they’re getting the best deal for their power via the website

Address to Australian Industry Group

On 9 August, I was pleased to outline to the Australian Industry Group and its members the Turnbull Government’s actions to bring down energy prices. 

Energy prices are key to the competitiveness of Australian industry. 

I am pictured here speaking to members from retailers to restaurants, property to pharmaceuticals, cars to chemicals.

Meeting with electricity retailers

On 9 August, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Treasurer Scott Morrison and I met with the heads of seven electricity retailers and the peak body representing them to work out what more we can do to lower the cost of energy for consumers.

The retailers included Energy Australia, Momentum Energy, Simply Energy, Alinta Energy, Origin Energy, AGL and Snowy Hydro.

As a result of the meeting, we secured agreement from the retailers on a number of immediate measures and ongoing changes to help ensure that individuals, families and businesses are not paying a cent more for their power than they should.

Read my op ed here and media release here.

Energy Security Board appointments

On 8 August, I was delighted to welcome the appointment of Dr Kerry Schott and Clare Savage to the new established Energy Security Board (ESB), both of whom bring extensive experience from the public and private sectors to their new roles.

Dr Schott and Ms Savage join the heads of the Australian Energy Market Operator, Australian Energy Regulator and the Australian Energy Market Commission on the Board.

Established by the COAG Energy Council, the ESB will coordinate the implementation of the Finkel review recommendations that were adopted by the Council last month.

Opening the Victoria Park scoreboard

On 6 August, it was terrific to join Kew Comets Junior Football Club, President Sebastian Reid, Luke Littlefield, Councillor Felicity Sinfield and Mayor Phillip Healey to open the Victoria Park scoreboard - a $25,000 federal election commitment.

The two new state of the art LED scoreboards will be community assets for over 1000 players from Kew Comets Junior Football Club, Kew Football Club and Kew Cricket Club.

The Federal Government is pleased to support the local community and this project will benefit local clubs, boost spectator attendance and encourage participation in sport amongst young men and women. 

Jewish National Fund luncheon

On 3 August, I was delighted to attend the Jewish National Fund (JNF) luncheon to speak about the strong bilateral relationship between Australia and Israel, particularly in the areas of the environment and energy. 
Founded in 1901, the JNF is a world leading environmental not-for-profit organisation that has made a significant contribution to environmental, social and community development in Israel. 
Over the past century, JNF has built more than 180 dams, developed over 250,000 acres of land, planted 240 million trees and created more than 1,000 parks.

"Turning of the sod" for a microgrid on Garden Island

On 1 August, I was pleased to “turn the sod” to mark the commencement of construction of a microgrid at HMAS Stirling on Garden Island just south of Perth.

The integrated solar and battery storage microgrid will be constructed by Carnegie Clean Energy and has been made possible through funding provided by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). 

In conjunction with the desalination plant already built by Carnegie on the island, this facility will supply power and water to the naval base.

Swan Canning River Recovery Program funding announcement

While recently in Western Australia, I had the pleasure of visiting the electorate of Swan and announcing, together with local member Steve Irons, a further $1 million worth of funding for the Swan Canning River Recovery Project.

Funded under the Improving Your Local Parks and Environment Program, the Swan Canning River Project controls and mitigates the damaging impacts of hydrocotyle.

Congratulations to all involved – particularly, Perth Natural Resource Management CEO Lisa Potter.


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