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Improvements to the development assessment process soon to be introduced in South Australia

The Marshall Liberal Government is seeking community feedback on a suite of changes to the way development applications are lodged and assessed, which are aimed at unlocking investment and speeding up development.

The changes form part of the biggest modernisation of the planning and development system in 20 years, which will commence later this year.

“The improvements in development assessment will not only save home-owner’s time and money, it will enable them to make improvements to their property more easily,” said Minister for Planning, Stephan Knoll.

Consultants appointed to create Arts Plan for South Australia

The Marshall Government has engaged Mr Tony Grybowski, the former Chief Executive of the Australia Council for the Arts, to lead the development of a new Arts Plan for South Australia.

He will work in partnership with strategic consultant Mr Graeme Gherashe and a team of experts to undertake a comprehensive review of the state’s arts, cultural and creative sector and its funding structures.

Premier Steven Marshall said the development of the first arts plan since 2000 is a pillar of his government’s election commitments for the arts.

State Government issues Code Red for homelessness services during extreme heat

The State Government has issued a Code Red to boost homelessness services across Adelaide as temperatures soar into the 40s this week.

The SA Housing Authority has issued a Code Red for Greater Metropolitan Adelaide from today, January 14 to January 16, 2019.

The Code Red means homelessness agencies will increase their services during the hot weather, including extending their operating hours.

State Government launches single-use plastics discussion paper

The State Government has today launched the Turning the Tide on Single-Use Plastic Products discussion paper which seeks community and business views on ways to reduce the environmental impacts of plastic items frequently littered, such as coffee cups, straws and plastic bags.

Included in the discussion paper is a review of the container deposit scheme (CDS) which will look at what sort of containers should be included in the scheme and whether the refund amount should be revised.

Funding for a stronger regional health workforce

Regional South Australians will enjoy better and more sustainable health care thanks to a significant Marshall Liberal Government investment in rural health professionals.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade today announced more than $2 million will be delivered immediately through the Rural Health Workforce Strategy to fast track priority projects to grow and strengthen our regional workforce.

“Our rural and regional communities were neglected under the previous Labor Government,” Minister Wade said.

Schools to benefit from languages scholarships

Fifteen language teachers and six schools across South Australia have been awarded scholarship funding to enhance the teaching and learning of languages.

The scholarships, which form part of the State Government’s ‘Languages in Schools’ initiative, offer teachers the opportunity to take part in either a short language course in Australia or an in-country immersion, while also enabling schools to conduct in-country immersive study tours for students.

New medical interns a first at Whyalla

Five new medical interns are today beginning their careers at the Whyalla Hospital and Health Service as part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s investment in our front-line clinicians.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the intern program is an exciting first for Whyalla and is part of a commitment to better support the health and wellbeing of the people on Eyre Peninsula.

“The investment will more than double the number of junior doctors training in South Australian country hospitals,” Minister Wade said.

FaB Mentor program branches out to hailstorm hit fruit growers

The State Government has appointed a dedicated Family and Business (FaB) Mentor to support Adelaide Hill’s growers impacted by the damaging hailstorms in November.

The new mentor, Colleen White, will be on hand to meet and listen to growers at an industry meeting hosted tonight by Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone, Member for Morialta John Gardner and Member for Kavel Dan Cregan.

SARDI joins forces with Adelaide University to increase agricultural research capability

The State Government has signed a significant agreement with the University of Adelaide to deliver benefits in research, development and extension for primary industries in the state.

Through the agreement, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and the University will utilise each other’s strengths in research, development, extension and innovation to generate high-value outcomes for the agricultural sector and aim to attract greater external research funding.