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State Government announces grants to host events to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage

The State Government will offer grants of up to $5,000 to local councils and non-for-profit organisations to host events and develop initiatives that celebrate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in South Australia in 2019.

The anniversary celebrates changes to the law in 1894, when women won the right to vote and stand for Parliament in South Australia – a first for anywhere in Australia.

Premier Steven Marshall said a total of $125,000 will be provided to support the community to commemorate this important date in the state’s history.

Reforms to give greater certainty to consumers this Christmas

New laws mandating a three-year minimum expiry date for gift cards and tough new anti-ticket scalping laws have come into effect in South Australia.

Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman said the laws would give consumers greater confidence in the leadup to the festive season.

“From today, consumers can purchase gift cards in South Australia in full confidence that it will be valid for at least three years,” Ms Chapman said.

Five schools receive grants to trial innovative language education approaches

Five South Australian public schools have been awarded up to $50,000 each to support them to trial innovative approaches for improving the effectiveness, quality or sustainability of languages learning in the primary years.

Successful projects to receive grants recipients include exploring augmented and virtual reality to teach Italian and creating a weekly broadcast station with a Japanese sister school.

Crisis accommodation bed boost for women’s service Catherine House

The State Government is helping Catherine House expand their crisis bed accommodation available to women experiencing homelessness.

The SA Housing Authority has transferred management of a two-bedroom cottage to Catherine House, resulting in an additional two crisis beds to the system.

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the bed boost meant Catherine House could now provide emergency accommodation capacity to 54 women on any given night, up from 52.

A new representative body for recreational fishers

South Australian recreational fishers have the chance to get involved in the creation of the new Minister’s Recreational Fishing Advisory Council.

Nominations will open on Monday 17 December for fishers interested in being on the new council, with voting for candidates commencing on 18 February 2019.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said this was an exciting opportunity for South Australia’s community of recreational fishers.

Smart response to meter delays

The Marshall Government has welcomed the Australian Energy Market Commission’s (AEMC) adoption of strong new rules for electricity retailers regarding the installation of smart meters.

“I’m pleased AEMC has adopted strict timelines and will impose hefty financial penalties if electricity retailers fail to deliver within those timelines,” said Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan.

Get ready for the heat and register vulnerable South Australians with free life-saving phone service now

The State Government is urging vulnerable South Australians to register with a potentially lifesaving free phone service that provides free welfare checks at regular intervals during heatwaves.

With this summer’s first burst of hot weather climbing into the mid-to-high 30s this week, it is timely to consider how vulnerable and isolated people can best prepare during the extreme heat.

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the phone service, which is provided by the Red Cross, is activated by the Department of Human Services during declared heatwave events.

Southern Expressway works rescheduled for quicker commute

The State Government has rescheduled the installation of the permanent anti throw screens on the Southern Expressway this weekend to ensure substitute buses taking cricket fans to the Test Match are able to run as quickly as possible.

These important works will now take place on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights (7 – 10 December) meaning the Southern Expressway will be open during the day to commuters.

Hats off to South Australia’s 900,000 volunteers today

The State Government is shining a light on the 906,000 South Australians who volunteer their time to the community today, United Nations International Volunteer Day (IVD), celebrated annually on December 5.

South Australia boasts one of the highest volunteer rates in Australia, bolstered further by the Liberal Government’s recent removal of all fees associated with volunteer screening clearances.