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Marshall Government commits $3.2m to Aged Care Royal Commission

The Marshall Liberal Government has today announced it will commit $3.2 million to set up a SA Government response unit, solely focussed on the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

The additional funding of $3.2 million over 2 years will establish a central response unit to lead the SA Government’s response to the Royal Commission and provide the necessary legal advice and representation for SA Government agencies.

$56 million capital works package unveiled for schools

A number of South Australian public schools will receive a funding boost as part of a $56 million capital works package to improve school facilities, meet projected enrolment demands and to transition Year 7 into high school.

Roma Mitchell College, Port Augusta Secondary School, Nuriootpa High School, Mark Oliphant College, Eastern Fleurieu R-12 School, Playford International College, Seaview High School, Golden Grove High School, Heathfield High School and Mount Compass Area School will all receive a share of $56 million in funding to support sustainable enrolment growth.

Adelaide High School to receive $18m expansion as Government moves to address enrolment demand

The Government has announced $18 million in funding for capital works to increase capacity at Adelaide High School in order to meet future enrolment demands on both government CBD high schools.

The capital works will allow the school to increase its capacity to 1800 students in 2022, up by 350 places, allowing the school to meet increasing enrolment pressures as well as accommodating Year 7 students.

The funding also includes provision for general learning areas, specialist learning areas, laboratories and workshops to further enhance facilities at the school.

SA communities benefit from sustainability grants

The South Australian Government has provided more than $100,000 for small scale grants to address local sustainability issues in a changing climate.

Grants of up to $10,000 have been awarded to twelve South Australian community groups.

The grants have been designed by Conservation SA, with support from the Department for Environment and Water, to help local community groups deliver practical, on-ground climate-related projects.

Button pushed on City’s four-week e-scooter trial

The State Government has partnered with the City of Adelaide to allow a trial of e-scooters (electric scooters) in the Adelaide CBD during the 2019 Adelaide Fringe.

City of Adelaide will monitor the trial of an e-scooter share program, which will allow operator Lime to bring up to 500 e-scooters into the CBD to be used from today until 17 March 2019.

The outcome of the trial will be assessed and will inform future permanent regulations.

Candidates announced for new recreational fishing body

There will be 42 individual candidates up for election to the new Minister’s Recreational Fishing Advisory Council, revealed today by the State Government.

Profiles on the 42 individual candidates for the new Council are now available on the YourSAy website for the public to review, ahead of voting opening on 18 February.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said five of the candidates would be elected.

Future of the Repat unveiled

The Marshall Liberal Government has today unveiled the final concept plan for a revitalised Repat Health Precinct, with state-of-the-art services to care for brain and spinal rehabilitation patients and older mental health and dementia patients to be the focus of the site.

Premier Steven Marshall said the vision of the site was a direct response to the community’s strong view that the Repat site needed to be reactivated to take pressure off the health system and provide world-class services for South Australians.

Phonics screening check results provide critical insights

Data from South Australia’s first comprehensive Year 1 Phonics Screening Check, undertaken by 14,000 students across all government sites last year, has been released.

Results indicate there is significant room for improvement across the state in this critical skill for reading success, with just 43% of students demonstrating that they met the expected achievement level of correctly decoding 28 words or more out of 40.

Stronger protections for residential parks residents

People who live in residential parks will have greater protections available to them under legislation that has now passed State Parliament.

Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman, said the laws would give greater certainty to the estimated 2600 people currently living in residential parks.

“When a residential park closes, or when an owner seeks to end an agreement, residents can feel cheated – given the time and money they often invest in their homes,” Ms Chapman said.