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Meeting with Australian Heritage Council

On 27 March, I met with the people who help make history happen – our Australian Heritage Council members, including recently reappointed Chair Dr David Kemp.

The Council is a productive and powerful force for heritage conservation in this country.

We reflected on recent achievements, including the listing of Abbotsford Convent, Parramatta Female Factory and Melbourne’s Domain Parkland and Memorial Precinct, and considered heritage priorities for 2018.

Meeting with Manufacturing Australia

On 27 March, I held a productive meeting with Manufacturing Australia and five of its CEO members, including the CEOs of Adelaide Brighton, BlueScope, Brickworks, Cement Australia and Rheem. 

Its members employ 50,000 people directly and support hundreds of thousands of Australians, their families and communities.

These members rely on an affordable and reliable energy supply above all, which allows them to remain competitive in an international market, continue to invest and employ more people.

2018 Hawthorn Relay For Life

On the 24 – 25 March, I had the privilege to participate and close the Hawthorn (Boroondara) Relay For Life 2018 at the John Gardiner Reserve, Hawthorn, and walk with my team the 'Kooyong Colts' for the seventh consecutive year in a row to raise money for cancer research, advocacy and support.

This year there were 44 teams participating in the 18 hour relay, with a large presence of schools. The Kooyong Colts walked non-stop all night to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, and to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer. Over $120,000 was raised by Boroondara Relay For Life after the 18 hour walkathon.

I'm proud the Kooyong Colts were crowned this year's highest fundraiser, making our team the highest fundraising team for the past six years. This year the Kooyong Colts raised over $14,000, bringing our total fundraising effort since 2012 to over $116,000. There is still one more month to donate to this wonderful cause here.

I was also extremely honoured the Kooyong Colts were the recipients of The Tiffany Jacobs’ Spirit of Relay Award.

Thank you to our generous donors, walkers, volunteers and to the event organisers including committee members Graeme Jacobs and Richard Heron, Nick Wald from Cancer Council, and Jo Xuereb Chair of Hawthorn Relay for Life for making this worthy event possible.

Bureau of Meteorology and ABC partnership launch

On 23 March, I had the pleasure of launching the partnership agreement between two of Australia’s most vital public institutions, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

There are few organisations that touch the lives of Australians more every day than the BoM and ABC. This partnership agreement will help them reach more Australians in a more effective fashion, including though collaborative projects and emergency broadcasting.

I am pictured below with the CEO of the BoM, Dr Andrew Johnson, the Managing Director of the ABC, Michelle Guthrie, and Landline’s Pip Courtney. I was also pleased to meet senior BoM staff who were celebrating 30 years of service.

Address to Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

On 21 March, I spoke to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and its members about the energy challenges facing Australian businesses today.

While prices are still too high, there are positive signs from the action the Turnbull Government has taken to reform the networks, retail and gas markets. The National Energy Guarantee will consolidate these gains and especially benefit companies such as those represented by ACCI with a 23 per cent reduction in wholesale costs.

I am pictured below on a panel with Stephen Cartwright, CEO of the New South Wales Business Chamber, Elizabeth McIntyre, CEO of Think Brick, and Adam Carr from ACCI.

41st Ecumenical Gathering of the Kew Community Festival

On 18 March, I was delighted to visit the sisters of the Carmelite Monastery during
the Ecumenical Gathering of the 41st Kew Community Festival, followed by an afternoon tea which never disappoints and features the sisters’ legendary passionfruit sponge.

This year celebrates the 41st Ecumenical Gathering and included representatives from St Anne and Joachim East Kew, St Bede’s Balwyn North, East Kew Uniting Church and St Paul’s Anglican Church, East Kew. Music was provided by the Melbourne Women’s Choir and the Xavier College Brass Quintet.

It is well worth the visit if only to visit the beautiful gardens within the monastery. 

Learning for Life Autism Centre

On 18 March, I had the pleasure of officially opening The Learning for Life Autism Centre at their new premises in Kew.

Learning for Life (L4L) is a not for profit organisation delivering best-practice, early intervention and Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  

The Lovass Instiute has pioneered ABA research and delivery and L4L trains its teachers and specialists in this renowned behavioural analysis. These early intervention programs also reach rural and regional areas in Victoria. 

L4L delivers more than 19,000 ABA hours annually and has raised over $2 million to subsidise and support families to access their intensive programs. 1 in 100 Australian children suffer from autism and it is four times more prevalent in boys than in girls. 

Congratulations to Learning for Life on its pioneering work.

Energy roundtable at ASEAN-Australia Special Summit 2018

On 17 March, I hosted an energy roundtable as part of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit 2018 in Sydney, where the Prime Minister has brought together his counterparts from Southeast Asia.

Our energy roundtable, co-chaired by Woodside CEO Peter Coleman and Petronas CEO Tan Sri Wan Zulkifli, comprised CEOs from the sector across Asia, including from major companies such as GE, Glencore, MSF Sugar, PetroVietnam, Sapura Energy, Sembcorp Marine, Singapore Power and Worley Parsons.

We discussed the challenges and opportunities presented by unprecedented disruption in energy markets and ways to advance our cooperation across infrastructure, investment, policy frameworks and technological skills.

I am pictured below with the co-chairs and other CEOs.

Local Sporting Champions Afternoon Tea

On 16 March, I awarded seven very talented local sporting individuals, representing hockey, rowing, orienteering, cricket and sailing with a Local Sporting Champions grant. 

These recipients were recognised for their outstanding 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, 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.

Camberwell Kindergarten and Childcare Centre

On 16 March, it was wonderful to join the children and staff at Camberwell Kindergarten, and Childcare Centre who received a grant through the Federal Governments Stronger Communities Program for a Dreamtime storytelling mural.

Alongside Indigenous artist Mr Robert Michael Young, it was terrific to launch his beautiful vibrant wall painting which includes a hand print of each child currently at the Centre. His artwork is a celebration of Indigenous heritage, which will continue to share and educate the Indigenous culture with the younger generations.

The Stronger Communities Programme supports the Turnbull Government's commitment to help deliver social benefits in communities across Australia.


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