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Hawthorn Community Chest Ball

On 2 June, I joined many local residents of Boroondara at the 60th Anniversary of the Hawthorn Community Chest (HCC) ‘Brilliant Ball’.

The ‘Brilliant Ball’ was a night to recognise the great work HCC does for the local community and also raise money to ensure the great work continues. 

The Hawthorn Community Chest is an independent charity that works with care providers and other charities to ensure that people in Boroondara have somewhere to turn when they are most in need. HCC was established in 1958 and over the past 60 years it has worked to ease the burden for hundreds of local people and families.

It was wonderful to see so many donate their goods, time and money to this local charity on the night.  




Speeches at the Clean Energy Council’s Chief Executive Forum and Parliamentary Reception

On 30 May, it was great to speak at both the Clean Energy Council’s annual Chief Executive Forum and their Parliamentary Reception in Canberra.

The Forum was attended by approximately 70 senior executives from across the clean energy sector and I spoke about our record-breaking year for renewable energy as well as the critical role of the National Energy Guarantee for the future of the electricity sector.

More than 100 people from across the clean energy industry as well as associated institutions and stakeholders attended the Parliamentary Reception where I delivered a welcome address.

The Clean Energy Council represents and works with businesses operating in solar, wind, energy efficiency, hydro, bioenergy, energy storage and geothermal energy as well as more than 5000 solar installers.







Address at Property Council of Australia’s Leaders’ Summit

On 30 May, I was a pleased to address the Property Council of Australia’s Leaders’ Summit at Parliament House in Canberra.

The Property Council has more than 2000 member companies and represents a sector of over one million people. It’s an important sector in the energy portfolio because the built environment makes up around a quarter of Australia’s emissions and about half of our energy use.

There are big opportunities in the sector, whether it’s driving energy efficiency, commercial building disclosure or updated construction standards, and we have had a good working relationship with the Property Council on this agenda.


Old Scotch Collegians Association Annual Dinner

On 25 May, I was delighted to attend the Old Scotch Collegians Association Annual Dinner (OSCA) at Leonda By The Yarra in Hawthorn, with my colleague and guest of honour The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs.

With 441 Old Scotch Boys, past and present staff and guests, the dinner was an auspicious occasion. The first OSCA Dinner was held in 1914 and there has been a dinner held every year since. It was impressive to see the Oldest Scotch Boy in attendance, Mr Geoff Tolson, who finished his schooling at Scotch in 1939.

During the evening the OSCA President Andrew Crawford (OS 1989) launched the Archives Museum and OSCA House project. We also enjoyed a traditional Haggis Ceremony to the accompaniment of bagpipes performed enthusiastically by former Scotch Boy Tom Sutherland and current students. 


Back Row L-R: Graham Reid (OS 1966), Martin Barr (OS 1996), Doug Lording (OS 1964), Cr Coral Ross, Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, David Crawford (OS 1962), Charlie Schilling School Captain, Keith Heale (OS 1963)
Front Row L-R: Tom Batty Principal, Hon Julie Bishop MP, Andrew Crawford (OS 1989) OSCA President, David Kemp Chairman School Council (OS 1959)


Kew Rovers Football Club Annual Presidents Breakfast 2018

On 25 April, it was terrific to attend the Kew Rovers Annual President’s Breakfast at the MCC in Kew and hear from the President Anthony Kift and special guest AFL Champion and Collingwood Football Club Coach, Nathan Buckley.

Kew Rovers Football Club has a total of nearly 400 players; 120 female and 280 male making up the 15 male and 6 female teams. The annual breakfast is a great opportunity to rally supporters and hear first hand about the AFL’s initiatives including junior participation, growth and consolidation.





Opening of the Lighting Council of Australia’s new national headquarters

On 17 May, it was a pleasure to open the Lighting Council of Australia’s (LCA) new national headquarters in Hawthorn.

The LCA has around 100 members including lighting suppliers and manufacturers, small businesses and large. They represent an industry of 4,000 employees and more than $2 billion in value. 

COAG Energy Council recently agreed to a phase out of halogen lamps and introduction of minimum standards on LED lamps, which will see households save $65 a year on their power bills. 

I am pictured below with board members of the LCA, their CEO Richard Mulcahy and the Member for Caulfield and Victorian Shadow Energy Minister David Southwick.



Meeting with Argentina’s Undersecretary for Mining and Energy and Ambassador to Australia

On 15 May, it was an honour to meet Argentina’s Undersecretary for Mining and Energy Juan Biset and Ambassador to Australia Hugo Gobbi.

We discussed Argentina’s plans for its presidency of the G20 in 2018, including creating cleaner, more flexible and transparent energy systems. 

The Undersecretary is in Australia for Latin America Down Under and to grow the already strong relationship between Australia and Argentina.



Address at Australian Energy Week 2018

On 11 May, I was pleased to speak at the Australian Energy Week 2018 in Melbourne.

Each year, Australian Energy Week brings together representatives from across the energy supply chain.

I opened the final day of the conference and spoke about the change underway in energy markets and the Turnbull Government’s work to secure a more affordable and reliable system.


Australian American Young Leadership Dialogue panel discussion

On 10 May, I participated in an Australian American Young Leadership Dialogue panel discussion at Parliament House in Canberra.

The discussion focused on infrastructure and I spoke about the Turnbull Government’s $75 billion infrastructure roll out. 

The Australian American Leadership Dialogue brings together Australian and American leaders in support of the relationship between the two countries.

Also appearing on the panel was Connie Sokaris of National Australia Bank and Garry Bowditch of the University of Sydney.





International media interest in Great Barrier Reef investment

The Turnbull Government’s record-breaking $500 million investment in the Great Barrier Reef immediately received international media interest, demonstrating not only the value of the Reef, but also the significance of the investment.

In the days following the announcement, I spoke live from Melbourne with Singapore-based Sharanjit Leyl on BBC World News and London-based Dotun Adebayo on BBC Radio 5 live as well as Los Angeles-based Cyril Vanier on CNN.

You can watch the CNN interview here.




 

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