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2016 Volunteer Grants

I am delighted to announce the Federal Government’s 2016 Volunteer Grants are now open with $10 million in funding available to community organisations. Applications close on 20 December 2016. Local community organisations are eligible for funding of $1000 to $5000 under the 2016 Volunteer Grants to buy much-needed equipment that supports their work, trains volunteers or improves fundraising efforts.

Volunteers are our unsung heroes and the work that they do in our local community is integral to many aspects of our way of life. In Kooyong, many organisations deliver services with the support of volunteers. At Basscare in Canterbury, volunteers deliver more than 30,000 Meals on Wheels a year to the sick and elderly. Last year at Alzheimer's Australia Vic, in Hawthorn volunteers contributed 3,191 hours in roles include Board members, fundraising committees, event and administrative, practical support to family and friends at information sessions and mentors to younger onset dementia clients.

For further information please contact my office or visit the dss.gov.au/grants website. You can also call the Volunteer Grants 2016 Hotline on freecall 1800 020 283 or email grants@dss.gov.au


2016 Kooyong Student Prize

On 5 December, in front of a crowd of nearly 300 guests I held a special presentation ceremony at the MCC Kew Sports Club in Kew, for the 2016 Kooyong Student Prize. Each student was acknowledged for outstanding general excellence, leadership and their contribution to the community, with a medal, lapel pin, and certificate to mark their successes. 

The Kooyong Student Prize recognises and celebrates students who go above and beyond in what they do. It also reflects on the exceptional commitment to learning and teaching in Kooyong.

Kooyong is home to 50 schools and over 32,000 students and is one of the most significant academic and educational hubs in Australia. Education is such a big part in the foundation of shaping our society and future. I applaud each school for striving for excellence in education and congratulate every recipient for being recognised for their individual strengths, skills and commitment to being the best they can be.




Menzies Research Centre presentation to Parliamentarians

On 30 November, I was thrilled to be a part of the Menzies Research Centre presentation to Parliamentarians who had quoted Sir Robert Menzies in their Maiden Speech. Together with Mrs Heather Henderson, Sir Robert Menzies’ daughter, I had the honour of making a few remarks about his legacy. Today, Menzies’ political philosophy still lives strong, providing a foundation for good government. 



Chanukah on the Hill

On 29 November, I attended Chanukah on the Hill celebrations in Parliament House and was honoured to light a candle on the (Chanukah) Menorah. 

It was a wonderful gathering of parliamentarians, members of the ACT Jewish community and the community at large to celebrate Chanukah and the importance of light filling the darkness around the world. It was also a time to reflect on the contribution the Australian Jewish community has made to Australian society and Australian politics. 

Chanukah is an eight day festival of lights celebrating Jewish continuity following the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem centuries ago. It reminds us of the importance of family and promotes unity and togetherness.





Israeli-Australian Relations

It was a pleasure to discuss the full range of Israeli-Australian relations, including on energy and the environment, with Minister Tzachi Hanegbi from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhayu's Office. We look forward to hosting the Prime Minister in Australia in early 2017. I am pictured below with Minister Hanegbi and my colleague, The Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, as well as Israel's Ambassador to Australia Shmuel Ban-Shmuel. 




Local Colombo Plan students visit Canberra

On 28 November, I was delighted to meet Arman, Louis, Samuel, and Rebecca - New Colombo Plan scholars from my electorate of Kooyong. These students were visiting Parliament House before they embark on their studies in Singapore, China and Hong Kong. The New Colombo Plan is in its fourth year and is an Australian Government scholarship which facilitates opportunities for students to work and study in Asia. Students are selected on their academic merit, leadership in the community, adaptability and ability to promote the New Colombo Plan goals of understanding our region and building links with our neighbours. It’s a great initiative as students return home with new insights and understanding of the Indo-Pacific that will help them to contribute to the economic and cultural life of their University. More information about the New Colombo Plan scholarships can be found here: http://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/new-colombo-plan/scholarship-program/Pages/scholarship-program.aspx


Cement Industry Federation Board Meeting

It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to speak to leaders of the cement industry. As a key employer and heavy energy user, they are keenly aware of the importance of a secure energy supply. 


Wet Tropics Ministerial Forum

I received briefings alongside my Queensland counterpart Dr Steven Miles today from the Wet Tropics Management Authority on the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. This is an important and iconic region of North Queensland and the Authority is doing important work managing some complex issues. I was pleased to reaffirm with Minister Miles our commitment to delivering more than $11 million to tackle the problem of yellow crazy ants in the region. 



Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Forum

Protecting the Great Barrier Reef is the collective responsibility of us all and today I sat down with Queensland Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles to make sure our two governments are doing all we can to facilitate a healthier Reef. Together we were pleased to announce a $45 million package of measures that will greatly improve gully erosion and sediment runoff into the reef. We are jointly investing $2 billion over the next decade to safeguard the reef for future generations. The Turnbull Government recently upped this investment through the $1 billion Reef Fund which will address the two greatest challenges facing the reef - climate change and water quality. 


Meeting of Environment Ministers

Today, Commonwealth, State and Territory Environment Ministers met in Sydney. I was pleased to chair this meeting which progressed a number of significant initiatives to advance the protection of species and habitats, phase out of microbeads and the use of plastic bags and reducing food waste. 


 

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