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Sustainable House Day 2016

Delighted to be in Kew today, 9 September, to kick off Sustainable House Day 2016. It’s fantastic to know a family in my electorate is generating more electricity than they can use. It was interesting to see the underground rainwater tank that fills the toilets and washing machine, as well as the installation of external timber on window shutters, high-efficiency reverse cycle split systems, LED lights, solar panels, an electric heat pump for the hot water system, high efficiency electric induction cooktop and more.

The Average Australian home has an energy efficiency rating of 1-2 stars and with sustainable measures you can drastically increase you efficiency rating, save money and do your bit for the environment.

According to Alternative Technology Association (ATA) research, an 8-star or 9-star home can save a household up to $2000 a year on energy bills compared with a 2-star home, common in Victoria. 

This Sunday, 11 September 2016, Australians have the opportunity to tour over 150 homes to see and hear how they were created and get inspired by the things they could do in their own homes. Solar with battery storage, off-grid living, hemp walls and innovative sustainable gardens are just some of features on show. Profiles of all the homes opening for #sustainableHD are available from 

Principal For A Day

On 8 September, I had great pleasure to be Principal For A Day at Auburn South Primary School, as part of a state-wide program building connections between the community and local schools. It was fantastic to spend the day greeting students, visiting Prep, catching up with volunteer parents at the tuck shop, talking with school captains about leadership, enjoying a bite to eat with produce from the school’s kitchen garden and, of course, fitting in a bit of downball at recess.

Official opening of the Boroondara Stroke Support Hub

On 8 September I officially opened the Boroondara Stroke Hub in Kew and launched the Sing for Recovery choir which delivers the joy of music to stroke survivors. Thanks to funding from the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program, BSSG was able to fitout its new hub and install rehab equipment for members. Stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability. It is estimated that there are 440,000 Australians living with stroke and by 2032 there will be 709,000. The National Stroke Foundation estimates that there are over 3,000 stroke survivors in our local community. Places such as the Boroondara Stroke Support hub provide a lifeline to survivors and their families and allow them the dignity of enjoying a social and engaging lifestyle and access to equipment to assist in their rehabilitation.  I applaud the work of the Boroondara Stroke Support Group which is a model for additional stroke hubs being established across Victoria.

Threatened Species Day

On Wednesday 7 September – Threatened Species Day, I was delighted to announce the Turnbull Government’s ongoing commitment to preserving our most endangered flora and fauna during a visit to Melbourne Zoo. The $5 million Threatened Species Recovery Fund will support local communities in their efforts to recover our rare and vulnerable animals and plants.

Since the appointment of Australia’s first Threatened Species Commissioner, the Coalition Government has taken major steps to support the recovery of threatened species across Australia, guided by our science-based threatened species strategy. As part of this announcement, 30 targeted threatened plants will be brought back from the brink of extinction by 2020, and nine community groups will receive support to recover species like the extremely rare Gilbert’s potoroo and the remarkable Eastern curlew.

Since 2014, we have directed over $210 million to almost 1,000 projects, including the work undertaken through the Green Army and the National Landcare Programme, the results of which we are already seeing. For example, in Victoria the critically endangered helmeted honeyeater has seen its population more than double thanks to a project run by Zoos Victoria, supplemented with a $3 million Coalition Government investment to rehabilitate and expand its habitat.

With creatures great and small at Melbourne Zoo.

I am pictured here with Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews, Melbourne Zoo Director Kevin Tanner, and Director of Conservation and Science Rachel Lowry.

Camberwell Girls Grammar Anne Feehan Building opening

Anne Feehan was a transformative principal of Camberwell Girls Grammar School for 13 years when she retired in 2014. On 7 September, the school dedicated the new Anne Feehan Building in recognition of Anne’s long service, leadership and vision. I officially opened the building with the school community, Anne, principal Debbie Dunwoody, and Archbishop of Melbourne the Most Reverend Dr Philip Freier.

Politics class at Fintona Girls' School

I enjoyed visiting the Year 10 politics class at Fintona Girls’ School on 5 September. We had a lively discussion about modern politics, including the role of parliamentarians, the Senate crossbench, the media, and the growing influence of social media.

Interschool public speaking competition

On 5 September, students from local schools, including Canterbury Primary, Auburn Primary and Hartwell Primary, spoke at the schools’ first interschool public speaking competition. I joined Mayor Jim Parke and teachers in judging the impressive speeches.

Opening the new season - Camberwell Central Bowls Club

I had the pleasure of opening the new bowls season at Camberwell Central Bowls Club on Saturday 3 September 2016. The club launched into the new season with a round of bowls and afternoon tea. The club was established in 1996 as an amalgamation of the City of Camberwell and South Camberwell bowls clubs. The club is a proud recipient of the recent Stronger Communities Grants program, and will use the funds to erect a much needed shelter for the players later this year. Bowls is a popular sport in Kooyong with an estimated 1,500 players in the Boroondara area. I also had the honour of presenting the Club with an Australian Flag to mark the occasion of our National Flag Day – 115 years since the Australian Flag was first raised above the Melbourne Royal Exhibition Building in 1901. I am pictured here with Councillor Coral Ross, former Mayor of Boroondara, Doug Goodman, President of the Camberwell Central Bowls Club and John Pesutto MP, Member for Hawthorn.  

Local Sporting Champions Afternoon Tea

Congratulations to the exceptional group of Local Sporting Champions grant recipients who joined me for an afternoon tea today. These very talented sporting individuals are recognized for their individual efforts and the achievements of young people in the electorate of Kooyong, who have excelled in sport and represent their team at state, national and international sport championships. Today we had representatives from a wide variety of sports including orienteering, synchronised swimming, sailing, basketball, table tennis, baseball, triathlon and athletics. These grants provide financial assistance for young people aged 12 – 18 years, to assist with the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing. It is a great achievement for all the recipients today as they have been chosen to compete at a high level and I commend each recipient of this award for their dedication and commitment in their chosen field. More information about the Local Sporting Champions grant program can be found here.

Grand Opening - Chatham Food Store

I was pleased to cut the ribbon and officially open the Chatham Food Store in Surrey Hills today, 2 September 2016. The locally run family business owned by Nick and Eve Tragas, identified the need for a local delicatessen in the area and wanted to make freshly made food available to the public. The owners focus on sourcing their food locally and consider themselves a unique service as they produce all their foods on the premises. At the opening I enjoyed tasting a variety of their cheeses, meats, dry goods, cakes and more! 


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