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"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.

Tangney electorate visit with Ben Morton

On 31 July, I visited the electorate of Tangney with local member Ben Morton.

Tangney is located just south of Perth CBD and Ben was elected as the local member in 2016.

While there, Ben and I met with some local constituents to talk about innovative energy solutions.

Canning electorate visit with Andrew Hastie

On 31 July, I spent the morning in electorate of Canning with local member Andrew Hastie.

In light of the number of shark attacks in WA, I visited Falcon Bay to support the installation of an eco barrier that will help prevent further attacks. Later, I met with the families of shark attack victims as well as various community representatives who are passionate about finding solutions to this serious problem.

While in Canning, I also visited local radio station 6MM and received an update on the work of the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council. I was particularly impressed by the Council’s efforts to protect Lake Clifton.

Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Forum

The Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Forum met in Melbourne on 28 July and received advice from the Chairs of the Reef 2050 Plan Independent Expert Panel (IEP) and the Reef 2050 Advisory Committee (RAC) on further action that could be taken – in addition to the considerable efforts already underway – to respond to coral bleaching.

While we consider the expert advice in detail, we have identified a number of action to be undertaken immediately, including: bringing forward the mid-term review of the Reef 2050 Plan; scaling up crown-of-thorns starfish control, research and management; and improving water quality entering the Reef.

Wet Tropics Ministerial Forum

On 28 July, I joined Queensland's Environment Minister Steven Miles in the Wet Tropics Ministerial Forum.

The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1988 and stretches over 900,000 hectares from Cooktown to Townsville.

It is home to the world’s oldest tropical rainforest and a cultural landscape for the Rainforest Aboriginal peoples of Tropical North Queensland.

Find out more about our meeting here.

Meeting of Environment Ministers

On 28 July, Commonwealth, state and territory environment minister met in Melbourne for the sixth Meeting of Environment Ministers to progress work that safeguards our environment.

Threatened species, climate change, litter, plastic bags and food waste were all on the agenda.

You can find out about the outcomes of our meeting here.

ABC’s Q&A: School Special Victoria

On 24 July, I was delighted to participate as a panellist on the ABC’s Q&A “School Special Victoria” alongside Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare Catherine King and high school students Pinidu Chandrasekera, Aretha Brown, Jock Maddern and Jacinta Speer.

It was the first time students have appeared on the Q&A panel and together, in front of an audience of high school students, we answered questions ranging from youth engagement, the voting age and employment to mental health, rural needs and the environment.

It was refreshing and insightful to hear the voice of young Australians both on the panel and in the audience. Congratulations to all involved – and particularly to Pinidu, Aretha, Jock and Jacinta.

Economic and Social Outlook Conference speech and Q&A

On 20 July, I attended the Economic and Social Outlook Conference where I delivered a speech and participated in a Q&A with Professor David Byrne of The University of Melbourne and Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy the Hon Mark Butler MP.

Hosted by the Melbourne Institute and The Australian, the conference’s theme was New Directions in an Uncertain World, bringing together people from a wide variety of organisations in the public service, business, academia, community service, health and welfare groups.

Our session focused on energy and I spoke to the Turnbull Government’s plan to help deliver affordable and reliable energy as we transition to a lower emissions future.

University of the Third Age

As we live longer and healthier lives, the need to keep our minds – as well as our bodies – active becomes more important.

The University of the Third Age (U3A) is one of a handful of organisations which provides learning opportunities for members aged 50+. 

On 20 July 2017, I had the privilege to speak to U3A in Deepdene on energy affordability and reliability. 


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