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Catching up on our local history

On 21 December, it was terrifc to catch up with George Fernando from the Camberwell Historical Society. George presented me with a signed copy of a book about heritage architect John Beswicke authored by his grandson Ken Bethell.  

Beswicke was responsible for designing a number of iconic buildings in Kooyong including the Hawthorn Town Hall and a number of dwellings in Hawthorn and Canterbury. I also received a copy of Remembering Melbourne, a beautiful book that contains photos of Melbourne 1850 – 1960. 

Along with Camberwell Historical Society, we are lucky to have a number of historical groups operating in Kooyong ensuring that our history is well documented and shared. 

2017 Kooyong Christmas Giving Tree

On 21 December, I presented this year's donations to the Kooyong Giving Tree to the residents of Servants Community Housing. Thanks to the generosity of our local community I presented over $12,000 worth of donations, which brings the total cash and in kind contributions to $62,000 since the Kooyong Christmas Giving Tree was established in 2012.

It is wonderful to see so much kindness towards those in need especially at Christmas. Servants provide affordable accommodation to 89 homeless members of our local community.

Servant’s is looking forward to an exciting year in 2018 as it opens its fourth facility, which will focus on women suffering from  domestic violence.

I am pictured here with some of the residents of Servants' Romana House in Kew, presenting the donations.

2017 Kooyong Student Prize

On 18 December, in front of a crowd of over 350 guests I held a special presentation ceremony at Camberwell High School in Canterbury, for the 2017 Kooyong Student Prize.

Students from local schools in Kooyong were acknowledged for outstanding excellence in academic and co-curricular activities, leadership, commitment to upholding their school’s values, and contribution to the community, with a medal, lapel pin, and certificate to mark their successes. Each year, two students were nominated from each school by their school principals to receive the award.

We are fortunate to have one of the most significant academic and educational hubs in Australia. Kooyong is home to more than 50 schools and over 32,000 students. I applaud each school for striving for excellence in education and congratulate every recipient for being recognised for their individual strengths, skills and commitment to being the best they can be.

Visit to AEMO control room

On 18 December, I visited one of the Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) control rooms in Melbourne alongside Chief Executive Officer Audrey Zibelman.

In the lead up to and throughout summer, AEMO is doing everything it possibly can on behalf of 24 million Australians to ensure the stability of our energy system.

They’ve been working diligently to ensure that all maintenance upgrades and scheduling of gas and coal-fired generators is on track and that they have sufficient fuel supplies. 

The Melbourne control room is one of three from which our National Electricity Market is controlled.

Successful bid for 2020 ICOMOS General Assembly

On 15 December, Australia ICOMOS won the rights to host a global meeting of heritage experts in Sydney in 2020.
The Turnbull Government proudly supported this bid to bring the triennial General Assembly of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) to our region for the first time. It’s great news for Australia, coming just one month after we were elected to the World Heritage Committee.
ICOMOS provides expert advice to the World Heritage Committee and nations across the globe. We’ll now see more than 1,200 of its members converge on Sydney in three years’ time. Our world heritage listed Sydney Opera House, Blue Mountains and Australian Convict Sites in and around Sydney will provide the perfect backdrop!

Speech at the Australian Wildlife Conservancy

It was a pleasure to speak at the Australian Wildlife Conservancy annual dinner on 
13 December in Melbourne. The Conservancy manages over 11 million acres of land, the largest private not-for-profit holding in Australia.

With over 100 staff, including a large team of ecologists, the Conservancy, led by Atticus Fleming, has brought a great deal of expertise and commitment to the protection of Australia’s flora and fauna.

We have a unique landscape in Australia, with 89 per cent of our fish, 85 per cent of our plants, 84 per cent of our mammals and 45 per cent of our birds found nowhere else in the world. To protect this environment, the Coalition Government launched Australia's first ever Threatened Species Strategy, appointed our first ever Threatened Species Commissioner and launched a first ever Threatened Species Prospectus that builds public-private sector partnerships.

With more than two thirds of Australians living in our capital cities and 90 per cent of our population living on just 0.22 per cent of our land, it’s vitally important to build awareness and appreciation about the beauty and at the same time the fragility of our natural environment. The Australian Wildlife Conservancy plays a vital role in this task.

Launch of solar research and development projects

On 13 December, I launched 20 solar research and development projects at the University of New South Wales’ (UNSW) new Solar Industrial Research Facility in Sydney, alongside the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s (ARENA) Chair Martijn Wilder and CEO Ivor Frischknecht and UNSW’s Dean of Science Emma Johnston.

The 20 projects, led by research teams from UNSW, the Australian National University, Monash University and CSIRO, have been provided almost $30 million worth of funding from the Coalition Government through ARENA.
Australia has held the world record for silicon solar cell efficiency for 30 of the last 34 years. This kind of R&D has helped drive the cost of solar down from over US$100 per watt in 1975 to just 35-37 US cents per watt in 2017.

It was great to tour the Solar Industrial Research Facility and meet research teams whose projects range from roll up solar cells to semi-transparent solar cells that could be used in windows.

Find out more here.

Opening of Rheem factory upgrade

On 13 December, I was pleased to join Rheem CEO Chris Taylor and Operations General Manager Gary Higgs at their Rydalmere factory to officially open their new and upgraded $40 million facilities.

Rheem has been operating in Australia for 80 years. It exports to more than 30 countries and employs more than 800 Australians. 

It’s an outstanding Australian manufacturing success story, producing 1,100 hot water systems each day. The company also significantly invests in research and development, working on a number of new technologies, including storage for solar hot water systems and interlinking new technologies to improve consumer preferences. 

It was a pleasure to address the staff and meet some workers who have been with the company for more than 40 years.

Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council’s Annual General Meeting

On 4 December, I had the pleasure of joining the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council’s (ASBEC) Annual General Meeting to speak about the Government’s energy efficiency agenda.

The built environment is a key area of focus where action can reduce power bills, reduce stress on the grid and reduce emissions at the same time. Our National Energy Productivity Plan aims to increase energy productivity 40 per cent by 2030.

ASBEC’s members, number over 45, are important and constructive partners in driving this agenda.

Address to the Committee of Economic Development of Australia

On 1 December, I was pleased to give a keynote address to the Committee of Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) at the Sofitel Melbourne over lunch.

At this event, I discussed the challenges facing the energy sector, the Turnbull Government’s plan for the National Energy Guarantee and our plan to deliver lower network, retail and wholesale prices.


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