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Family and Business Support program rolls out in drought-affected regions

Eight Family and Business (FaB) Support mentors have been appointed across drought-affected areas of upper Eyre Peninsula, Murray-Mallee, mid and Upper North, and the pastoral areas.

South Australian farmers, their families and regional businesses impacted by drought are being encouraged to reach out and have a speak with the mentors.

SES volunteers praised for their efforts in storm response

The Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services, Corey Wingard has thanked the many South Australian State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers for their efforts during the recent storms.

The continuing wild weather through South Australia has so far resulted in the SES responding to over 300 calls for assistance across the state.

“It is reassuring to know that there are hundreds of SES volunteers in South Australia who are always ready to help their communities and beyond, whenever the need arises,” Minister Wingard said.

New tourism options for Granite Island

Granite Island’s former kiosk and restaurant will be restored and reopened to visitors following a joint project to upgrade facilities on the island.

The first phase of the work is planned to enable the kiosk to open for use this summer, for the first time in three years.

The State Government and Oceanic Victor, which operates an in-sea aquarium at Victor Harbor, will deliver the remainder of the restoration by the end of this summer.

A boost for CFS aerial firefighting capabilities

The SA Country Fire Service (CFS) will have a larger aerial firefighting fleet for the upcoming fire danger season.

The State Government has provided additional funding totalling more than $9 million over the next four years to boost the CFS fleet from 17 to 26 aircraft.

Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services, Corey Wingard said the Mid North will also gain additional support for bushfires this year with a new CFS aerial firefighting base at Hoyleton, in the Clare Valley.

Public Education Awards winners announced

South Australian public educators have been recognised for their outstanding work at the annual SA Public Education Awards on Friday evening.

The winners across 10 categories were revealed at the awards ceremony.

Some examples of the exceptional work from nominees include teachers who inspired their students to send their projects to the International Space Station, design habitats for rhinos and overcome a phobia of maths.

Adelaide hosts international parks forum

South Australia will today showcase its green achievements including a tour of the proposed Glenthorne National Park, at an international parks forum being hosted in Adelaide.

The World Urban Parks Association is a new international organisation, with a vision of a world where people value and have easy access to quality urban parks, open space and recreation.

The second-ever National Parks Cities Forum kicked off in Adelaide last night and will continue today and Saturday.

City hub announced for BPD consumers

South Australians living with severe and complex borderline personality disorders will be able to access treatment and support from a dedicated specialist service that will have its central base located close to the city.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said Mental Health Week was a fitting time to announce that the new Statewide Borderline Personality Disorders Centre of Excellence will be located on Greenhill Road in Unley.

Cleland Wildlife Park development takes next step

The potential redevelopment of Cleland Wildlife Park has taken the next step with the State Government now investigating a market-led development process.

The current vision concept for Cleland Wildlife Park is for a $150 million redevelopment of the park and further options of a cable car and a hotel in the Mount Lofty Precinct.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the government has a clear vision for Cleland Wildlife Park and would now involve the private sector to explore redevelopment options.

Mental Health Week

South Australians are being reminded to look after their mental health during Mental Health Week, an annual national event that aims to improve community awareness and interest in mental health and wellbeing. 

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said it was important that people of all ages set aside some time during Mental Health Week, between 7-13 October, to reflect on their mental health and wellbeing.

“We need to maximise our mental health to realise our full potential,” Minister Wade said.

Have YourSAy on Sentencing Discounts

Members of the community are being encouraged to have their say in a review of the South Australia’s sentencing discount scheme, which allows offenders to get a reduced sentence in exchange for an early guilty plea.

The State Government has commissioned former Supreme Court judge the Hon Brian Martin AO QC to undertake a review of the initiative, following concern that the sentences imposed for serious offences are no longer in line with community expectations.