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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.

Visit to Antarctica

Last week I was lucky enough to travel Antarctica to meet with our scientific researchers and hear about their important programs. our crucial scientific research programs.

In Antarctica opened the new East Wing of Casey Station.  The East Wing is an extension to the main living facility known as the Red Shed.  It includes 39 bedrooms with shared bathroom and laundry facilities.  It will increase accommodation capacity at the station to 120, which is vital during the busy summer months when Australian Antarctic Program researchers use it as a launching pad for work across the continent. Casey research station also serves as a hub for other Antarctic nations that transit through Australia’s Wilkins Aerodrome to their national stations. There are scientific laboratories, a meteorological office, mechanical workshop, powerhouse, food and equipment store and communications facilities.

While down south I was also able to inspect the work we are carrying out in order to find the million year old ice core. An area at Dome C, 1100 kilometres inland from Australia’s Casey research station and 40 kilometres from the European Concordia station, is most likely to have ice more than a million years old. The Australian Antarctic Division has taken a leading role in identifying the Dome C site, through survey work to map the region’s ice and bedrock using airborne radar and laser measurements, and glaciological modelling. This work, with partners including the United States, United Kingdom and France, has found a region where the ice is almost three kilometres thick and has the right conditions to preserve such very old ice. The ice and the bubbles of air trapped within it, hold information which make it a ‘holy grail’ for ice core scientists to solve a major puzzle in climate science. The data could reveal why a major change in ice age rhythms occurred around a million years ago, and whether this was connected to changes in carbon dioxide levels. This will in turn help scientists understand and better predict the long-term future of the world’s climate.

Importantly, I was also able to announce a new competition for school kids to name our new Antarctic icebreaker.  The competition will coincide with the start of construction of the vessel in February, with the ship scheduled to arrive in its homeport of Hobart in 2020. The Coalition Government has committed a $1.9 billion package to cover the design, build and 30 year operational and maintenance lifespan of the ship. The current icebreaker Aurora Australis, which has served the Australian Antarctic Program since 1989, is scheduled to depart for the continent tomorrow (8 December) to resupply Casey research station then undertake a marine science voyage.  Scientists on the ship will undertake important climate research along the coast of East Antarctica, seeking to understand changes in the largest glacier in East Antarctica, the Totten Glacier. Details regarding the ‘Name our Icebreaker’ competition, to be led by the Australian Antarctic Division will be released early next year. 


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