29 Apr 2021
Extension of temporary suspension of the Norfolk Island Regional Council

On 27 April, I signed an order to extend the temporary suspension of the Norfolk Island Regional Council (NIRC) and the appointment of the interim administrator, Mr Michael Colreavy, for a further three months.

21 Apr 2021
Way forward on IOT fisheries management

The Australian Government remains committed to a robust and sustainable solution for fisheries management in the Indian Ocean Territories (IOT).

15 Apr 2021
Notice of Intention to extend temporary suspension of the Norfolk Island Regional Council

Today, I issued a notice of my intention to extend the temporary suspension of the Norfolk Island Regional Council (NIRC), and the appointment of interim administrator Michael Colreavy, for a further three months.

08 Apr 2021
$7 million for Norfolk Island National Park roads

Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley has issued tender requests for up to $7 million in tourism spending to upgrade roads in the Norfolk Island National Park.

18 Mar 2021
Eric Hutchinson reappointed as Administrator of Norfolk Island

I am pleased to announce Mr Eric Hutchinson has been reappointed as the Administrator of the Territory of Norfolk Island.

24 Feb 2021
Implementation Plan outlines exciting opportunities for Barkly Regional Deal

The Barkly Regional Deal is on track to improve the productivity and liveability of the region, with today’s release of the Deal’s Implementation Plan outlining the Deal’s steady progress.

17 Feb 2021
Architect appointed to design new library and Council administration building

An award-winning national architecture firm has been awarded the architect and interior design contract for a new Hervey Bay Library and Fraser Coast Regional Council administration building.

10 Feb 2021
Public inquiry into the Norfolk Island Regional Council

Following my decision on 3 February to temporarily suspend the Norfolk Island Regional Council (NIRC), I am announcing a public inquiry into whether the NIRC has fulfilled its financial and asset management obligations under the…

04 Feb 2021
Suspension of the Norfolk Island Regional Council

On 15 December 2020, I issued a notice of intention to suspend the Norfolk Island Regional Council (NIRC) for a period of three months, following the findings and recommendations of the independent audit of the NIRC’s governance, operations,…

29 Jan 2021
Biggest ever South-West road project now underway, unlocking thousands of local jobs

Work on the biggest South-West road infrastructure project, the Bunbury Outer Ring Road, kicked off today, unlocking thousands of local jobs and economic benefits for the Greater Bunbury region.

14 Jan 2021
Update on notice of intention to suspend the Norfolk Island Regional Council

The time period for the Norfolk Island Regional Council (NIRC) to provide submissions to me with respect to the proposed suspension of NIRC has now concluded and my consideration of the matter is ongoing.

12 Jan 2021
Applications open for Round 5 of the Building Better Regions Fund

Applications are now open for local communities across regional Australia for the fifth round of the successful Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

18 Dec 2020
2020 in the Indian Ocean Territories

Looking back over the past year, I am struck by the challenges we have faced - and also the resilience and strength with which you have met, and overcome, those challenges.

17 Dec 2020
Looking to a stronger future for Norfolk Island

The year 2020 has been unlike any we have seen in our lifetimes. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted our economy and way of life, with significant impacts on tourism for our small Island communities.

16 Dec 2020
Response on Norfolk Island Regional Council audit

Yesterday, I issued to the Norfolk Island Regional Council, a notice of my intention to suspend the Council for a period of three months.