Making the announcement (April 2), the Minister said: I am announcing grants to three leading Australian arts companies to support them in their international endeavours. Over $600,000 will be used by the Australian World Orchestra, the Flying Fruit Fly Circus and the Queensland Show Choir to present their work to international audiences and showcase the excellent quality of the arts in Australia. A grant of $550,000 has been awarded to the Australian World Orchestra (AWO) to support administration costs for 2015 and to maintain the Orchestra’s standard of international artistic excellence.
The Australian World Orchestra will be touring India this year in October under the baton and invitation of internationally renowned Indian conductor, Meastro Zubin Mehta. the AWO will perform two concerts in Mumbai on October 25 and 26, one concert in Chennai on October 28 and and one in Delhi on October 30.
Prince Harry to begin military attachment with the Australian Defence Force
Prince Harry will arrive in Australia on Monday, 6 April to begin a four week attachment to the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO and other senior Army officers will join Prince Harry to officially mark the start of his military attachment with the Australian Army. Defence is aware of the public interest in Captain Wales’ attachment with the Australian Army and will provide imagery of his military activities during his four week attachment.
Costly fine for green zone breach
A commercial reef line fisherman from Gladstone has been fined $12,000 after being convicted for a second time of fishing in a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park green zone. The Great Barrier Reef is a hive of activity. Everyone has a role to play in protecting our Great Barrier Reef.
Fiji joins the Seasonal Worker Program
Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop announced this week that Fiji has become the tenth country to sign up to Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program today. The Seasonal Worker Program is a mutually beneficial initiative, providing valuable opportunities for Fijian workers to secure short-term employment in Australia, and helping Australian employers to fill gaps in the available labour force. The program is consistent with our focus on creating jobs, boosting incomes and contributing to economic development in our region.
Support for women leaders in sport
More than 700 women from 31 different sports will be supported in Australia to reach their leadership potential through the Federal Government’s Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) programme.