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Listing of Abbotsford Convent on the National Heritage List

On 31 August, I was delighted to announce the listing of Melbourne’s Abbotsford Convent on the National Heritage List, the highest heritage recognition in Australia.

Becoming the 111th place on the List, Abbotsford Convent has outstanding heritage value for illustrating the provision of welfare in Australia and the role of religious and charitable institutions in Australia’s social history during the 19th and 20th centuries.

On the day, I also launched the Australian Heritage Council’s publication Australia’s National Heritage List – The Story So Far.

Congratulations to Abbotsford Convent CEO Collette Brennan and everyone associated with the Convent as well as Australian Heritage Council Chair the Hon Dr David Kemp AC.

Find out more here.

Meeting with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation

It was great to catch up CEO Ian Learmonth and the team from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) on 30 August in Sydney.

The CEFC is designed to mobilise capital investment in renewable energy, low-emission technology and energy efficiency in Australia. 

The Corporation has committed almost $4.3 billion to new investments in the Australian clean energy sector since it began investing in 2013, contributing to projects with a total value of $11 billion.

At the meeting, we discussed the CEFC’s upcoming priorities, which will continue to serve as a catalyst for clean energy investment in Australia.

Follow up meeting with electricity retailers

On 30 August, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Treasurer Scott Morrison and I met with the heads of seven electricity retailers for the second time to further work out what more we can do to lower the cost of energy for consumers.

The retailers confirmed their commitments from the first meeting to ensure that an estimated one million families on expired discount offers are contacted and directed to the best electricity plan for them.

At the follow up meeting, the retailers agreed to go further, contacting another one million customers on “standing offers” – usually the most expensive rates.

The retailers included Energy Australia, Momentum Energy, Simply Energy, Alinta Energy, Origin Energy, AGL and Snowy Hydro. The media release is available here

Boothby Electorate Energy Forum

While in Adelaide on 28 August, I was pleased to participate in the Boothby Electorate Energy Forum alongside local member Nicolle Flint.

Forum participants included a number of local industry representatives and small businesses.

I spoke about the Turnbull Government’s work to reduce the price of energy for all Australians as well as the opportunities and resources available to industry and small business.

Opening of Fluid Solar House

It was a pleasure to “cut the cord” from the electricity grid to mark the opening of Fluid Solar House in Adelaide on 28 August.

Fluid Solar Thermal is an Adelaide based company that develops renewable solar technologies and sustainable building designs for the domestic and commercial sectors.

At the opening, I spoke about the Turnbull Government’s commitment to the development of renewable energy and a lower emissions future while at the same time providing affordable and reliable energy for households and businesses.

Congratulations Managing Director Dr Roger Davies and the Fluid Solar Thermal team for being a first of its kind – an off-grid commercial building. 

Visit to Monarto Zoo

On 28 August, I was delighted to visit Monarto Zoo in South Australia and meet Maureen the warru with the local member for Barker, Tony Pasin.

Maureen is just one of a number of species supported by our Threatened Species Strategy – and Monarto Zoo has had significant success in critical conservation work for both native and exotic species.

Thanks to Zoos South Australia CEO Elain Bensted and the whole Monarto Zoo team for inviting us to visit and for your ongoing hard work.

Opening season for MCC Bowls Section

On 27 August, I had the pleasure in joining John Pesutto MP in opening the new bowls season for MCC Bowls Section in Hawthorn.

The MCC Bowls Section was founded in 1894 and is a sporting section of the Melbourne Cricket Club. Bowls is a popular sport in Kooyong with an estimated 1,500 players in the Boroondara area and a very popular social sport nationwide with over 500,000 participants.

The club launched into the new season with a round of bowls and I was honoured to have the first bowl on the green.  

Inter-primary public speaking competition

On 25 August, students from local schools, including Canterbury Primary and Hartwell Primary, spoke in the inter-primary public speaking competition in Camberwell.

The theme for this year was ‘the universe is made of stories, not atoms’ and I was delighted to participate on the judging panel. The standards were exceptionally high, which made our task quite challenging! Congratulations to all the students, teachers and parents involved.

National Small Business Summit Speech

It was a pleasure to deliver the keynote speech at the Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA) 14th National Small Business Summit on 24 August in Melbourne.

Each year, COSBOA brings together policy makers and industry leaders to strengthen partnerships critical to the future success of small business in Australia.

In my speech, I spoke about the importance of affordable and reliable energy for Australian small businesses and the Turnbull Government efforts to deliver such as we transition to a lower emissions future.

Thanks to COSBOA CEO Peter Strong for the invitation.

Australian Strategic Policy Institute Special Report Launch

I was delighted to launch the Australian Strategic Policy’s (ASPI) Special Report, “The challenge of energy resilience in Australia: Strategic options for continuity of supply”, on 24 August at Engineers Australia in Melbourne.

I spoke about the importance of energy resilience and security in Australia, particularly in relation to cybersecurity, transport and liquid fuels, as well as the importance of engineering in addressing the energy challenges which we face.

Thanks to ASPI Executive Director Peter Jennings for his institute's contribution to this important issue and inviting me to be a part of the occasion.


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