Media Releases and speeches
- Coronavirus response—state of emergency declared in Jervis Bay Territory
The Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories, the Honourable Nola Marino MP, has declared a state of emergency for the Jervis Bay Territory (JBT) for the period 25 March 2020 to 23 April 2020, as part of the ongoing response to the evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation.
- Senversa returns to Norfolk Island as PFAS investigation progresses
Senversa will return to Norfolk Island this week as part of the ongoing response to the detection of elevated per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) levels in the Mission Creek catchment area.
- Desalination system to address water shortage
In response to water scarcity and drought conditions on Norfolk Island, the Australian Government is working with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to provide a short-term alternative water source for the community in coming days.
- Progress on Norfolk Island PFAS Environmental Investigation
The first stage of the preliminary site investigations on Norfolk Island following the detection of elevated per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) levels in the Mission Creek catchment area will conclude tomorrow.
- Community engagement on Norfolk Island PFAS environmental investigation
Community members will have the opportunity to learn more about the detailed environmental investigation into the detection of elevated per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) levels in the Mission Creek catchment area, with consultants Senversa commencing their work on Island on Monday.
- Update on PFAS detection on Norfolk Island
The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development's environmental investigations following the detection of elevated PFAS levels in the Mission Creek catchment area are now under way and making good progress.
- State of Emergency in Jervis Bay Territory - 3 January, 2020
The Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories, the Hon Nola Marino MP, has declared a State of Emergency for the Jervis Bay Territory for the period 3 January until 10 January 2020.
- State of Emergency in Jervis Bay Territory - 19 December, 2019
The Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories, the Hon Nola Marino MP, has declared a State of Emergency for the Jervis Bay Territory for the period 19 December 2019 to 26 December 2019.
- Response to PFAS detection on Norfolk Island - 17 December, 2019
Recent sampling has detected elevated levels of PFAS in groundwater at three locations on public land in the Mission Creek catchment adjacent to Norfolk Island International Airport.
- Department statement on DCP Extension - 1 October, 2019
The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development has rerun the data for the Drought Communities Programme Extension, which confirms the 13 Local Government Areas announced on Friday 27 September are eligible – including the Moyne Shire in Victoria.
- Address to the IPAA and AICD Public Sector Governance Forum
A speech by Steven Kennedy regarding Governance in Changing Democracy: achieving better outcomes.
- Message from the Secretary
The Prime Minister today announced that Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM will conclude his tenure as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) on 30 August 2019 and that Mr Philip Gaetjens, currently Secretary of the Treasury, has been appointed as the next Secretary of PM&C, commencing 2 September 2019.
- Responding on education
The Australian Government values the contribution and engagement from everyone on Norfolk Island, including teaching staff and the parents and community members, who support the school on a daily basis. Securing a way forward with a new service delivery partner is one of the Australian Government's highest priorities.
- Have your say on proposed changes to local government elections laws
The Australian Government is asking the Norfolk community to have a say on proposed changes to the law dealing with Norfolk Island Regional Council elections.
- Community Matters—Passenger transfer vessels' operation and maintenance—tender released on AusTender
The tender for the operation and maintenance of the passenger transfer vessels has been released on AusTender.
- Community Matters—Engaging on education
As part of the Australian Government's ongoing commitment to keeping the Norfolk Island community informed about education transition matters, departmental officers returned to the Island again this week to meet with the NICS staff and school community.
- Community Matters
As the community is aware, in November 2018, the NSW Government advised the Commonwealth that new arrangements for the provision of health and education services on Norfolk Island will be required after June 2021.
- NI Polynesian Settlement Site at Emily Bay
As communicated in the Cultural Landscape Management Plan consultations and my KAVHA Update in the Norfolk Islander and Norfolk Online News last month, a tree removal permit has now been granted by the Council to remove a number of trees at the former Polynesian site at Emily Bay.
- Tender release — operation and maintenance of the Norfolk Island passenger transfer vessels
Information on the three passenger transfer vessels, funded by the Australian Government, to support the Norfolk Island tourist industry was recently published.
- Perspectives on Australian transport infrastructure
A speech by Steven Kennedy to Infrastructure Partnerships Australia’s post-Budget breakfast.
- Australian National Audit Office report on the Norfolk Island reforms
The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) audit report on design, implementation and monitoring of the Norfolk Island reforms has been published.
- Developing flight paths for Western Sydney Airport
Recent media articles have depicted flight path designs for the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport.
- ANAO report released
The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) final audit report on Norfolk Island reforms has been published. The outcomes of the ANAO audit were tabled in parliament.
- Connecting with the Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area: Heritage Manager's Update
Thank you to everyone that has welcomed me to the island and taken the time to share your tremendous knowledge about the Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) and Norfolk Island’s history, as well as your ideas for the area’s future.
- Legislative change—Traffic Laws—Consultation
Work is underway to improve the operation of traffic laws in Norfolk Island to provide a safer environment for drivers, passengers and bystanders.
- Heritage Manager's update
A series of improvements to the Kingston and Arthur's Vale World Heritage Area (KAVHA) are being delivered this autumn. Readers might have noticed the new steps to Slaughter Bay beach and two new timber pedestrian bridges over the creek nearby.
- Legislative change—Norfolk Island land valuation and criminal laws—consultation
Potential changes to the Land Valuation Act 2012 (NI) have been identified to improve its operation. Changes are also proposed to various Norfolk Island criminal laws to enhance legal protections and access to justice for the community.
- Commonwealth Grants Commission Project—2019 Norfolk island Inquiry
The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities (the Department) is pleased to confirm that it has asked the Commonwealth Grants Commission (CGC) staff to undertake a costing of Norfolk Island services and its capacity to raise state and local government revenue.
- Legislative change—Births, Deaths and Marriages—Consultation
Work is underway to improve the operation of the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages Act 1963 (NI).
- Connecting with KAVHA—Heritage Manager's update
Thank you to everyone that has welcomed me to the island and taken the time to share your tremendous knowledge about the Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) and Norfolk Island’s history, as well as your ideas for the area’s future. I’m incredibly honoured to be working at such a truly unique heritage site, and look forward to working with the community to conserve and enhance KAVHA for future generations.
- Community Matters—Extension of further Commonwealth Acts to Norfolk Island
The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities has been working with other agencies to progress the extension of further pieces of Commonwealth legislation to Norfolk Island. The main changes are:
- Global challenges, regional consquences
A speech by Steven Kennedy to the Research School of Economics, Australian National University.
- Terms of Reference released for RDA programme review
The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has released the Terms of Reference for an independent review of the Regional Development Australia (RDA) programme.
- Mackay Regional Council wins premier award for excellence in local government
Mackay Regional Council in Queensland has won the 2016 National Award for Excellence in Local Government for its work in improving the management of community water resources.
- Mr Mike Mrdak, 12 June 2015 address to the AFR National Infrastructure Summit
The difficulty of planning and investing in productive infrastructure—Western Sydney airport.
- Progress in regional Australia on forum agenda, 5 March 2015
Albury/Wodonga is set to host the two-day How Fast is Regional Australia Moving conference, which will bring together leaders from business, industry, commerce and government to discuss regional challenges and strengths.
- Charting Australian airline punctuality and reliability, 20 February 2015
More domestic flights are departing and arriving on time across Australia, according to the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics' latest Domestic Airline On Time Performance annual report.
- One week left to nominate for local government recognition, 20 February 2015
Only one week remains for local governments to nominate projects for the 2015 National Awards for Local Government, which recognise the sector's vital role in serving Australian communities.
- Time running out to nominate for local gorvernment recognition, 13 February 2015
Nominations remain open until 27 February for the 2015 National Awards for Local Government, which aim to recognise the sector's vital role in serving Australian communities.
- Young people pitch ideas to make regional Australia even better, 9 February 2015
Members of the public are invited to Parliament House Theatre in Canberra at 11am on Thursday 12 February to see inspiring young people discuss ways to improve the lives of young people in regional Australia.
- Mr Mike Mrdak, 8 August 2014 speech to CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit
Secretary Mike Mrdak recently gave a speech on aviation industry growth at the 2014 Centre for Asian Pacific Aviation Summit. A focus was the importance that good policy and regulatory setting will play in fostering strong industry growth into the future: PDF: 209 KB
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