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Meeting with the New Zealand Minister for Climate Change

On Wednesday 31 August, I met with the Hon Paula Bennett MP, the New Zealand Minister for Climate Change, to discuss our trans-Tasman cooperation on climate and environment issues. I was pleased to inform Minister Bennett that the Turnbull Government had just tabled the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol. New Zealand and Australia have strong cooperation in international efforts to reduce emissions. I am pictured here with Minister Bennett. 

Accepting petition on the Great Barrier Reef from Greenpeace

On Wednesday 31 August, I had a constructive meeting with Greenpeace on the collective challenge we face in protecting our Great Barrier Reef. The Turnbull Government is working to reduce pressures on the Reef through the Reef 2050 Plan. The Federal Government, together with the Queensland state government will invest more than $2 billion over the coming decade to ensuring the health of the Reef.  I am pictured below accepting a petition from Greenpeace representatives.

Meeting with the National Landcare Advisory Committee

On Tuesday 30 August, the Hon. Luke Hartsuyker MP, Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and I met with the National Landcare Advisory Committee at Parliament House. The Committee plays an important role in supporting communities to take practical action to protect and manage Australia's environmental assets and productive landscapes. Landcare is an important way for the Government to connect with local communities across the country. Delivery of on-ground works for the National Landcare Program has involved the participation of half a million volunteers in project activities, and over 2,000 indigenous people have been employed through projects, with 143 projects utilising indigenous ecological knowledge to guide investment. I am pictured here with my colleague, Assistant Minister Hartsuyker, and committee members. 

Kew Rovers Vs Kew Comets Junior Football Clubs Grand Final

It was a terrific afternoon watching the Kew Rovers and Kew Comets Junior Football Clubs Grand Final at Schramms Reserve yesterday 28 August. It was a contest between two high-quality teams and a great display of athletic talent and determination from all the young players. The final outcome of the day was Kew Comets 5.9 – 39 to Kew Rovers 9.12 – 66. With the Kew Rovers taking home a 27- point win- a great result for the team! Both clubs have had an equally successful year, and should be very proud of their sensational efforts yesterday. Well done to both the Kew Rovers and Kew Comets and presidents Anthony Kift (Kew Rovers) and Sebastian Reid (Kew Comets) on a great season of junior football.

Camberwell Market 40 Year Anniversary Celebrations

On 28 August 2016, I was thrilled to be a part of the Camberwell Sunday Market 40 year anniversary celebrations. The market is a Melbourne icon in the electorate of Kooyong where more than 250,000 visitors each year scour for second hand, vintage and antique items. Over $15 million has been raised since the Balwyn Rotary Club started operating the market in 1976. All the funds go to a wide range of charities including international humanitarian projects, medical research and equipment grants, youth development grants, local community service projects and Boroondara community strengthening grants. The market is a great asset to the community and we thank all the hard working volunteers for their tireless efforts over the past 40 years. If you get a chance head down to the Camberwell market on a Sunday and discover a treasure, discover a cause, and discover Camberwell.
You can see my video at the market here

Keep Australia Beautiful Week kicks off in Hawthorn

It was great to kick off Keep Australia Beautiful Week (22-26 August) with a visit to Scotsburn Reserve in Hawthorn for the Federal Government's announcement of the successful installation of seven new and two refurbished litter traps on the Yarra River. This project is part of the $950,000 Cleaning up the Yarra election commitment through the National Landcare Programme. During my visit, I was joined by students from St Joseph's Hawthorn, officers from Parks Victoria and the Yarra Riverkeepers Association and former Young Australian of the Year and aquatic scientist, Sheree Marris. Keep Australia Beautiful Week was established in 1968 and comprises a series of initiatives around the country to protect and preserve our local environment. Litter costs the Australian public more than $300 million every year and every Australian produces more than 2 tons of rubbish on average each year, 40% of which is not recyclable. Cigarette butts are Australia's most littered item with 7.2 billion butts littered each year clogging our water ways and river systems and littering our parks and gardens. The Yarra River litter traps improve water quality and remove the equivalent of 720 large wheelie bins of rubbish each year. This is on top of 3,600 large wheelie bins of rubbish already removed from the Yarra River.

5th COAG Energy Council Meeting

On 19th August I chaired the 5th COAG Energy Council meeting, and with my state and territory counterparts, agreed to significant reforms and a major new program of work to ensure the energy system remains affordable and reliable as we transition to a lower emissions future.

The Council focused on three key areas of reform including increasing liquidity and transparency in gas markets, empowering consumer choice and ensuring stability and connectivity of the National Electricity Market (NEM).

The Council also recognised the growing importance of gas as a transition fuel as we move to incorporate more renewables into the system and introduced reforms to improve competition, encourage more supply and put downward pressure on prices. It will also work to ensure consumers can confidently take advantage of new technologies like battery storage.

The Council has proved its ability to respond to current issues and I look forward to further engagement with my colleagues when we meet again in December to build on the progress made today.

The meeting communique can be read here.

My Op-Ed on the meeting, published in The Australian, can be read here

Boorondara Stroke Support Group

On 15 August I joined members of the Boorondara Stroke Support Group at their new premises in Kew to sing a few morning songs for recovery! The hub, which has been refurbished courtesy of a federal government Stronger Communities Program grant, is housed within the Kew Senior Citizens Centre. As well as customised refurbishments to accommodate the needs of stroke survivors the hub includes a keyboard, ableX and ableM rehabilitation equipment and art and craft supplies.

2nd Asia Pacific Rainforest Summit

I was very pleased to attend the 2nd Asia Pacific Rainforest Summit in Brunei and to deliver the keynote address on 3 August. Rainforests in the Asia-Pacific account for 26 percent of the region’s land area, and support the livelihoods of around 450 million people. They contain a wealth of natural heritage and biodiversity, and are a critical engine for economic growth. In my address I said that conserving the great rainforests of the Asia-Pacific will be critical to achieving sustainable economic development and to meeting the climate goals we have just set for ourselves under the Paris Climate Change Agreement.  You can read my address here

National Tree Day

On 29 July, I joined Chatham Primary School students to plant a tree ahead of this year's National Tree Day – Australia's largest tree planting event. I also joined friends of South Surrey Park's tree planting on National Tree Day on 31 July. More than 3.8 million participants in National Tree Day have planted 22.3 million trees since 1996.


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