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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.

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.


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