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Meeting with Snowy Hydro

Today 20 March 2017, I was delighted to meet with the Snowy Hydro Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mr Paul Broad, Chief Operating Officer Roger Whitby, Chair Mr Noel Cornish and General Manager Ms Jane McMillan, following the Prime Minister’s major announcement last week of Snowy 2.0.

The Snowy Mountains Scheme 2.0 is a plan to increase generation of the Snowy Hydro scheme by 50%, adding 2000 megawatts of renewable energy to the National Electricity Market – enough to power 500,000 homes. The expansion will provide greater energy efficiency security and stabilise electricity supply into the future, ensuring affordable and reliable electricity for Australian households and businesses.

We had a constructive discussion about the feasibility study into the proposed pumped hydro, which Snowy Hydro will be working closely with ARENA.

40th Ecumenical Gathering of the Kew Community Festival

It was wonderful to enjoy the hospitality of the Carmelite nuns for their legendary afternoon tea following this year's 40th Ecumenical Gathering of the Kew Community Festival. The service was hosted by Rev Chris Middleton SJ from Xavier College and included readings from local church leaders and featured musicians from Trinity Grammar School Brass Ensemble and the Melbourne Women's Choir. It's always a pleasure to join my colleagues and members of the community in supporting this great local event. 

Meeting with the Energy Efficiency Council

On 17 March 2017, I was pleased to meet with the Energy Efficiency Council's CEO Luke Menzel and Head of Policy, Rob Murray. We had a constructive conversation about energy efficiency initiatives and innovation.

Visit to Giant Steps in Kew

On 17 March I visited Giant Steps Melbourne in Kew, a local school that provides wonderful support to students with autism. During my visit, which coincides with GSM's first birthday, I also got to see the shadecloths recently installed in the play area thanks to a grant from the Federal Government's Stronger Communities Program.

AFR Summit on Energy

This afternoon I was on a panel at the Australian Financial Review Business Summit focusing on our electricity and gas market challenges. The wide ranging discussion covered the need for more gas supply to ensure gas fired generation can balance out intermittent renewables to maintain energy security and help of manufacturing sector, the role new disruptive companies like Reposit Power and Mojo can play in offering new and innovative products to households to manage their demand or better use their batteries lowering their electricity bills and the role interconnectors could potential play in dealing with the issues South Australia is currently facing .   

Meeting Capital City Lord Mayors on Energy

This morning I meet with the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors to discuss the role local government can play in addressing our energy and climate challenges. The eight capital cities account for two thirds of Australia’s population and economy. There are great opportunities to enhance energy productivity in our cities through more efficient buildings, more fuel efficient cars and more efficient street lighting. The Government is driving these improvements through our National Energy Productivity Plan, which will improve energy productivity by 40 per cent by 2030, saving money and reducing emissions. 

International Women’s Day 2017

Today 8 March 2017, I had the pleasure of hosting a lunch for a group of extraordinary women from our local community to celebrate International Women’s Day 2017. Our special guest, was my colleague, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills. I was pleased to introduce the Minister to leading women from the fields of business, non-for-profit, education and medicine. The conversation focused on how we can encourage and inspire more women and girls to achieve their goals. 

State of the Environment 2016 report

On 7 March, I tabled the State of the Environment 2016 report, which will this year for the first time be available in an interactive digital format expanding its reach and ensuring greater use and engagement from the academic and broader community.  It was a pleasure to meet the report’s lead authors across its nine thematic areas including the Antarctic environment, atmosphere, biodiversity, built environment, coasts, heritage, inland waters, land and the marine environment.  The report can be accessed at and my op-ed on the report can be accessed here. I am pictured below receiving the report and a briefing from the authors.

Visit to Peter Cook Centre for Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) Research at the University of Melbourne

On 6 March I visited the Peter Cook Centre for Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) Research based at the University of Melbourne to discuss the excellent work being undertaken in conjunction with CO2CRC, the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute and the Melbourne Energy Institute. The Government is looking at all opportunities to resolve our energy dilemma and CCS has a role to play as a low emissions technology.  It can be applied to energy production from all fuel sources as well reduce emissions in industrial processes.

Turning the sod at the North East Community Hub in Balwyn North

On 6 March I was honoured to represent the federal government at the turning of the sod for the $17.2 million North East Community Hub project in Balwyn North. The federal government has invested $3.2 million in this important project. The Hub will house community meeting and function rooms, a library lounge, the North Balwyn RSL and its memorabilia, the Greythorn Maternal and Child Health Centre, the Greythorn Early Childhood Centre and Kindergarten, consulting rooms for allied health services and include around 70 underground car parking spaces. The project will also create a new public park including an RSL memorial and upgrade to Centre Way, to integrate the building into the Greythorn Shopping Centre.

The project should be completed by mid 2018 and it is estimated that it will attract more than 155,000 locals annually, across the range of services. It is designed to revitalise an under-utilised recreational and retail precinct and will increase employment opportunities and trade at the Greythorn Shopping Centre. It is estimated that 100 new jobs will be created during the construction phase.


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