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.

24 February 2021

Media release

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.

17 February 2021

Media release

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…

10 February 2021

Media release

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,…

04 February 2021

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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.

29 January 2021

Media release

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.

14 January 2021

Media release

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).

12 January 2021

Media release

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.

18 December 2020

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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.

17 December 2020

Media release

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.

16 December 2020

Media release

Work ongoing - Norfolk Island Regional Council audit next steps

Work is ongoing to inform the Australian Government’s response and next steps on the governance and financial audit of Norfolk Island Regional Council (NIRC) operations, to best support the long-term sustainability of the…

10 December 2020

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Territories Legislation Amendment Bill 2020

The Territories Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (the Bill) has passed Parliament and – after receiving Royal Assent – will become law, bringing regulation of companies, bankruptcy and broadcasting in Norfolk Island into line with the rest of…

10 December 2020

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Update on Norfolk Island Regional Council audit outcomes

The Australian Government’s consideration of the findings of the governance and financial audit of Norfolk Island Regional Council (NIRC) operations, and next steps, is progressing.

04 December 2020

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Work under way on Fraser Coast palliative hospice

Work has begun to construct a $7 million palliative care facility for terminally ill people in Hervey Bay.

20 November 2020

Media release

Barkly Regional Deal kicking goals

The Barkly Regional Deal is kicking goals – quite literally.

13 November 2020

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