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Locally, I have been working with community groups and volunteers who are also passionate about cleaning up and improving our local waterways and green spaces.

In 2014, the Coalition Government announced $1 million to help clean up the Yarra River. This has supported a program that is establishing new litter traps and refurbishing existing litter traps. In addition to this the Coalition Government has provided funding for Green Army teams to clean up and revegetate the banks of the Yarra with native plantings and new recreational improvements.

In Higgins we have had the only all-female Green Army team in the country working to plant indigenous vegetation in Ashburton, Glen Iris and Tooronga to improve Gardiners Creek. The team also undertook weed control, mulching and re-vegetation projects to rejuvenate the banks of the Yarra River and the Glen Iris Wetlands.

In June this year I was delighted to announce a native tree planting program that will introduce young people to conservation work at local schools across Higgins.

I believe learning to care for the environment starts at home, and I’m delighted to see so many people demonstrating such a strong commitment to practical environmental work, here in Higgins.


Coalition Policy

I have been very clear with my view on climate change – I believe man is contributing to a changing climate and that there is strong evidence we must act.

The Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, has developed our Plan for a Cleaner Environment which clearly articulates four pillars by which the Government is aiming to improve our environment: clean air, clean land, clean water and heritage protection.

The Plan is an essential element of our national policy framework and encompasses simple, practical actions that will achieve real, measurable results.

To achieve these four pillars, the Government has implemented our $2.55 billion Emissions Reduction Fund which will reduce emissions through practical measures, and will work to beat our global commitments. In just the first auction alone, the Emissions Reduction Fund has contracted approximately four-times the amount of abatement than the emissions reductions achieved during the entire two-year lifespan of the Carbon Tax.

Unlike the Carbon Tax, the Emissions Reduction Fund will provide positive incentives across the Australian economy to lower emissions through new technologies and smarter practices without damaging businesses and employment. Its sole focus is to find opportunities to drive emissions reduction.

At last year’s Paris climate change conference, Australia committed to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. This is a strong, ambitious and responsible target, and is in step with the actions of major developed countries. It will see Australia’s emissions per person halve and the emissions intensity of our economy reduce by two?thirds. These are among the biggest reductions among major economies internationally.

Australia’s strong track record on climate change means we are well-placed to contribute towards the Paris Agreement’s long-term goals to hold global temperatures well below two degrees Celsius, and to achieve global net-zero emissions in the second half of the century.

The Turnbull Government is committed to taking serious action to tackle climate change. However, we want to do it without hurting Australian families and businesses in the process.

You can read more about the Turnbull Government’s plan to protect our environment here.