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Josh Frydenberg - Liberal for Kooyong
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Boroondara Sustainable Living Festival 2016 & Farmers Market

Today I was celebrating the Sustainable Living Festival 2016 at the Boroondara Farmers Market,17 September. The Festival takes place every two years, in conjunction with the Boroondara Farmers Market at Patterson Reserve. The Festival demonstrates and educates fun and practical ways to live a sustainable life, including growing vegetables, keeping chooks, worm farming, composting and learning about ways to be more energy efficient. I enjoyed meeting wonderful native Australian creatures and tasting the delicious home grown produce. It is a great initiative to have in my electorate of Kooyong, as it engages the community to be environmentally friendly and live sustainably.
You can see my video at the Sustainable Living Festival here

VAFA Grand Final Lunch

It was great to attend the Victorian Amateur Football Association Grand Final lunch on 16 September along with Carlton legend Mike Fitzpatrick, Member for Goldstein, Tim Wilson MP and Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle. This weekend will see two Kooyong teams, Old Trinity and Old Xavs, battling it out in the VAFA grand final at Princes Park. Both teams have had terrific form this season and the game is set to be a nail biting one as the teams compete to get their hands on the prized LA Adamson Cup. Good luck to both teams! 

Energy and climate stakeholders dinner

On 14 September, I was pleased to welcome representatives from the energy and climate change sectors to a dinner at Parliament House. With attendees from Energetics, ClimateWorks Australia, The Climate Institute, the Australian Energy Council, the Carbon Market Institute, the Energy Users Association of Australia, the Investor Group on Climate Change, and the ANU Centre for Climate Law & Policy, I was grateful for the opportunity to discuss this key area of public policy, and hear the views of so many experts in this field. The Turnbull Government is committed to accelerating the deployment of clean energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency technology, while also keeping energy prices down for all Australians.  

Israel's Minister for Environment at Parliament

On 14 September, I was delighted to welcome Israel’s Minister for the Environment, Mr Ze’ev Elkin MK, to Parliament House. Israel is a world leader in solar technology development, and has made significant investments to improve energy efficiency. This meeting provided an important opportunity to discuss Australia and Israel’s shared interests in acting on climate change, preserving our environment, improving energy productivity, and supporting renewable energy. 

I am pictured with Minister Elkin, Ms Galit Cohen, Deputy Director General for Policy and Planning in the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection, Mr Shaul Goldstein, Director General of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, and His Excellency Shmuel Ben-Shmuel, Israeli Ambassador to Australia. 

Dinner with Conservation Groups

On Tuesday 13 September, I was delighted to host dinner for some of Australia's leading conservation groups at Parliament House in Canberra, with representatives from the Australian Conservation Foundation, Birdlife Australia, Bush Heritage Australia, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Greening Australia, the National Landcare Advisory Committee, Tasmanian Land Conservancy, the Nature Conservancy and the Wilderness Society. The Turnbull Government is committed to protecting and preserving our environment, and we will do this through strong community engagement and partnerships with industry, research and non-government sectors, while ensuring we meet our international and national obligations. These organisations are leading the charge in identifying and accessing financing through innovative mechanisms, seeing great collaborative results between communities, governments and the private sector. 

Addressing members of the European Australia Business Council

On 13 September, I was pleased to address the European Australia Business Council members during their visit to Parliament House. The EABC enables business leaders to engage in meaningful dialogue on a range of public policy and economic matters with Australian and European political leaders, senior officials, diplomats and business delegations. It is the work of forums like the EABC that ensures the ongoing strength of political and institutional relations between Australia and the European Union.

Clean Energy Council Parliamentary Reception

On Tuesday 13 September, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Clean Energy Council's annual parliamentary reception. The Clean Energy Council represents and works with hundreds of businesses operating in the clean energy sector, including more than 4,000 solar installers. The Turnbull Government is providing strong support for the development, commercialisation and market deployment of renewable energy technologies. Renewable energy will play an important part of the Government's plan for meeting our commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. 

Beth Rivkah students at Parliament

More than 100,000 school students visit Parliament House each year. On 12 September, I enjoyed meeting with Year 9 students from Beth Rivkah College in Melbourne during their visit to Parliament.

Addressing Governance Class at Monash Business School

On Saturday 10 September, I had the pleasure speaking to Monash Business School's governance class about the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals. Under the Hon Dr Ken Coghill, these mid-career professionals from Australia and abroad, pictured below, are learning about what Australia is doing to implement our 2030 commitments as part of these global agreements. 

Sustainable House Day 2016

Delighted to be in Kew today, 9 September, to kick off Sustainable House Day 2016. It’s fantastic to know a family in my electorate is generating more electricity than they can use. It was interesting to see the underground rainwater tank that fills the toilets and washing machine, as well as the installation of external timber on window shutters, high-efficiency reverse cycle split systems, LED lights, solar panels, an electric heat pump for the hot water system, high efficiency electric induction cooktop and more.

The Average Australian home has an energy efficiency rating of 1-2 stars and with sustainable measures you can drastically increase you efficiency rating, save money and do your bit for the environment.

According to Alternative Technology Association (ATA) research, an 8-star or 9-star home can save a household up to $2000 a year on energy bills compared with a 2-star home, common in Victoria. 

This Sunday, 11 September 2016, Australians have the opportunity to tour over 150 homes to see and hear how they were created and get inspired by the things they could do in their own homes. Solar with battery storage, off-grid living, hemp walls and innovative sustainable gardens are just some of features on show. Profiles of all the homes opening for #sustainableHD are available from 


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