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Wellcome Trust awards $14 million to Monash University for research project

On 24 January, I was delighted to join Professor Margaret Gardner AO, Vice-Chancellor of Monash University, Professor John Thwaites, Chair of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, and the federal member for Chisholm, Julia Banks MP, to announce that Monash University has been awarded a $14 million Wellcome Trust Research Project to investigate the health and economic benefits of water-sensitive revitalisation in informal urban settlements. The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable organisation that supports over 14,000 people in more than 70 countries by funding research in health, science and medicine. 

This five year research project will help rebuild 24 informal settlements in Indonesia and Fiji by implementing simple water-sensitive interventions such as building new septic tank technology and constructing wetlands to drain and cleanse stormwater and protect against flooding. The project aims to alleviate health, environmental and economic problems caused by flooding, contaminated water supplies and poor water waste management in developing countries. 

The project will be led by the director of Monash's Sustainable Development Institute, Dr Rebekah Brown, and her team will work with local universities, NGOs and Oxfam on the project as well as in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank.

 


Budj Bim to be nominated for World Heritage Tentative List

On 20 January, I was delighted to join the Prime Minister, Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, the Premier, Hon Daniel Andrews MP, local federal member, Hon Dan Tehan, and Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners to announce that the Federal Government has submitted a nomination for Budj Bim Cultural Landscape to be included on Australia’s World Heritage Tentative List. Budj Bim was the first place to be added to the National Heritage List when it was created in 2004 and following the preparation of a formal nomination over the next 12 months, it is hoped that Budj Bim will become the first Australian place World Heritage listed solely for Indigenous cultural values. It would also be Australia's 20th World Heritage listed place, joining places like Kakadu National Park, Tasmanian Wilderness and Willandra Lakes Region on the list. Following volcanic eruptions 30,000 years ago, Budj Bim in south-west Victoria is a developed landscape of an ingenious system of channels, waterways, weirs and dams put in place by the Aboriginal community more than 6,500 years ago. 


Alcoa Portland Aluminium Smelter announcement

On 20 January, I was pleased to join the Prime Minister, Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, the Premier, Hon Daniel Andrews MP, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Hon Greg Hunt MP, and local federal member, Hon Dan Tehan MP, for the announcement of a support package for Alcoa Portland Aluminium Smelter which will secure 2,000 direct and indirect jobs in the region. Alcoa Portland Aluminium Smelter is an important exporter and employer. Following the power outage last month when the interconnector went down, the smelter lost significant operating capacity. The $30 million Federal Government grant will enable the smelter to restart and provide certainty for workers and the Portland community. 







Opening hit with Pat Cash at the 2017 Kooyong Classic

I was thrilled to have the opening hit with Pat Cash, former Australian professional tennis player, at the 2017 Kooyong Classic on the 10 January 2017. 

Cash and I took to Kooyong’s historic centre court in a sudden death game followed by officially launching the classic with the pop of a champagne bottle. It was a great privilege to have the opportunity to play against a former Wimbledon champion and play on the very same court where he had that legendary comeback from two sets down against Mikael Pernfors in the 1986 Davis Cup final.

The Kooyong Classic was founded in 1988 and is an important part of the Australian summer of tennis. This year 10 men and 4 women will battle it out inside Kooyong Stadium to claim the Kooyong Classic title. 









Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Inquiry

I am encouraging small business owners in Kooyong to participate in an inquiry the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman is conducting into payment times and practices. The report will be delivered to the government in March 2017. In small business, cash-flow is critical so I encourage you to have your say about these important issues. You can participate in the inquiry here 

 


Kyoto Protocol emissions target

Official figures show Australia beat its first Kyoto Protocol emissions target and is now on track to beat its 2020 emissions reduction target by 224 million tonnes. This is an improvement of 187 per cent since we last updated our emissions projections. Figures also show that Australia’s emissions per capita and emissions per unit of GDP are now at their lowest level in 27 years. What this shows is that the Government’s policies, like the Emissions Reduction Fund, are working to reduce emissions without lobbing a $15.4 billion carbon tax on households and businesses.







2016 Kooyong Giving Tree

On 22 December I presented this year's donations to the Kooyong Giving Tree to the residents of Servants Community Housing. This year's presentation of around $10,000 in cash, gift vouchers, food and general donations was made possible through the generosity of the local community. It is wonderful to see so much kindness towards those less fortunate especially at Christmas. Servants provides affordable accommodation to 89 homeless members of our local community. 2017 is an exciting year for Servants as it plans to establish its fourth house specifically for women who suffer from domestic violence. I am pictured here with some of the 28 residents of Servants' Hamer Court in Kew.



Local Sporting Champions Afternoon Tea

Today Friday 16 December, I awarded three very talented local sporting individuals, representing lacrosse, hockey and athletics, with a Local Sporting Champions grant. These recipients were recognised for their individual efforts in sport and have been chosen from a large field of candidates to represent their team at state, national and international competitions. It takes an enormous commitment of time, money and most importantly hard work to compete at such levels. The Kooyong Local Sporting Champions Grants program is an Australian Government initiative to provide financial support for young people aged between 12 and 18 who compete, officiate or coach at a state, national or international sporting event. More information about the Local Sporting Champions grants program can be found here.



COAG Energy Council Meeting

Energy Ministers met in Melbourne for the eighth COAG Energy Council Meeting. We agreed to significant reforms to put downward pressure on electricity prices, streamline the consideration of interconnectors and reduce costs for gas users.

Key outcomes:

·         Ministers agreed that the existing Limited Merits Review (LMR) arrangements were failing and that immediate reform was required to ensure consumers don’t pay more for their network costs than was is necessary. Wide-ranging amendments to the LMR regime will seek to tighten and clarify grounds for review, introduce strict timeframes and ensure that the AER’s costs in defending network appeals are borne by network businesses.  

·         New gas laws to improve liquidity and supply will also be progressed following recommendations presented by Dr Michael Vertigan AC.

·         Improvements will be made to the Regulatory Investment Test for Transmission to ensure high impact, low probability events, like the South Australian blackout are taken into account and to ensure the consideration process is more streamlined.

·         It was agreed by the COAG Energy Council to fast-track for consideration in February additional measures to strengthen the National Electricity Market responding to security and reliability issues identified in Dr Alan Finkel’s preliminary report on energy security.







Visit to the Latrobe Valley

Following the announced closure of the Hazelwood Power Station I have had constructive discussions with the local community including the Latrobe City Council, workers and unions. As announced the Turnbull Government will support the affected workers, their families and the wider community in response to the closure of the power station. Our series of measures in response to the closure includes:

A $3 million structural adjustment package to help Hazelwood’s workers and their partners get back into jobs as soon as possible following the closure; 

- $20 million under the Government’s Regional Jobs and Investment Package to diversify the Latrobe Valley community and stimulate long-term sustainable employment in the region; and

- $20 million under the Infrastructure Investment Programme for projects that improve the efficiency and safety of land transport networks in the region.


 

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