25 Jun 2021
Assistant Minister visit to the Indian Ocean Territories

I am looking forward to spending the coming week on Christmas Island (CI) and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands (CKI) as the Australia Government continues to invest in, and prioritise, the economic diversification and sustainability of the Indian…

21 Jun 2021
Update on Norfolk Island health services

I am pleased to confirm that the New South Wales Government has agreed to a final extension of its delivery of health services on Norfolk Island to the end of 2021.

20 Jun 2021
New partnership for Norfolk Island services

Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack MP and the Premier of Queensland and Minister for Trade, the Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, along with the Hon Nola Marino MP, Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories, today…

16 Jun 2021
Notice of intention to extend suspension of the Norfolk Island Regional Council

In line with the requirements, and my powers, under the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) (NI), today I issued a notice to the Mayor and councillors of my intention to extend the suspension of the Norfolk Island Regional Council (NIRC) and the…

03 Jun 2021
Norfolk Island services

The Australian Government remains committed to the continuity of essential services for Norfolk Island, and we understand the critical importance of sustainable health and education services for the Norfolk Island community.

31 May 2021
Three new projects supporting economy and jobs in NSW Central West

The Australian Government is committing $10 million to deliver three projects in Central West New South Wales, to strengthen economic growth and drive Australia’s recovery from COVID-19.

24 May 2021
Call for input from potential users of new home of regional specific data

The Federal Government is calling for public input on the creation of the Regional Data Hub – a new central source of data for Australia’s regions.

20 May 2021
Additional judges appointed to the Norfolk Island Supreme Court

I am pleased to advise the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), has appointed two additional judges to the Supreme Court of Norfolk Island.

13 May 2021
Budget 2021: Delivering for Norfolk Island

Through the 2021-22 Federal Budget, the Morrison Government is committing $18.7 million for ongoing delivery of a suite of essential services to the Norfolk Island community, with a focus on sustainability and practical, fit-for-purpose services…

13 May 2021
Changes to support NIRC Public Inquiry

Yesterday (12 May 2021), I made rules to amend the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) (NI) to support the operation of the current independent public inquiry into the Norfolk Island Regional Council.  

13 May 2021
Budget 2021: Delivering for the Indian Ocean Territories

The Morrison Government is supporting the long-term sustainability and economic development of the Indian Ocean Territories (IOT) through the 2021 Federal Budget.

12 May 2021
Budget 2021-22: Strengthening our regions through continued investment

A significant investment package sees the 2021-22 Budget continue to build a strong regional Australia through extensions to community grants programs that invest directly in economic and social infrastructure.

12 May 2021
Australia to expand marine parks

The Morrison Government is moving to secure the future of one of our last ‘untouched’ marine environments with plans to establish two new Marine Parks, covering up to 740,000 square kilometres of waters around Christmas Island and the Cocos (…

05 May 2021
Albury Wodonga Regional Deal on track to deliver

Deal partners are working together whilst negotiations continue on the Albury Wodonga Regional Deal. An investment of $911,000 is being provided to Albury Wodonga to deliver the region’s tracks and trails project.

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.