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Safer Roads and Safer Cars

The Marshall Government has revealed funding for three black spot intersections amid today’s launch of updated car safety ratings for 2019/20.

South Australians thinking about purchasing a pre-loved car are being urged to check its Used Car Safety Rating (UCSR) which provides a measure of how well each vehicle protects its driver from death or serious injury in a crash.

The ratings were created by the RAA using records from over 8 million vehicles involved in police-reported road crashes.

Marshall Government releases first Arts plan since 2000

The Marshall Liberal Government has today released the new ‘Arts and Culture Plan South Australia 2019-2024, the first government plan for the sector in almost two decades.

The Plan was developed to invigorate the arts and culture sector throughout South Australia, and inform government decision making moving forward.

Premier Steven Marshall said the Plan will lead to wide-reaching improvements across South Australia’s cultural sector, which employs more than 16,000 people.

Year 1 students complete Phonics Check

Around 14,000 Year 1 public school students across South Australia have completed the Phonics Screening Check this year.

This is second comprehensive phonics check that has been carried out across all government schools, after the Marshall Liberal Government introduced the check statewide for the first time last year.

South Australia has led the nation as the first state in the country to introduce the comprehensive Year 1 Phonics Check.

Liberal Government aids bed boost for women’s crisis accommodation service Catherine House

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

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink has officially handed over the management of the two-bedroom cottage to the service, resulting in an additional two crisis beds to the system.

Catherine House can now offer accommodation to 54 women, up from 52, each night who might otherwise be homeless, or remain trapped in a domestic or family violence situation.

New $6.8 million affordable housing initiative helping low-income South Australians buy a home

The Liberal Government is launching a new $6.8 million affordable housing initiative that will help South Australians with low and moderate incomes – with a focus on older, single women – buy a home and stimulate the building sector.

Recognising older, single women are considered one of the most vulnerable groups in Australia, a new program called Assist will help this cohort more easily break into the housing market as part of the State Government’s Affordable Homes Program.

Help us make play spaces more accessible and welcoming for everyone

The Liberal Government wants input from South Australians on what they believe is important to making playground and playspaces more accessible for all children and families.

Earlier this year, Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink announced the Liberal Government is developing guidelines for local councils and other agencies to make public playspaces inclusive.

Minister Lensink said it was important to consider accessibility for people with disability when designing and building public spaces, including play spaces.

State Government committed to moving people out of institutionalised living

The State Government has reaffirmed its commitment to moving people with disability out of institutions and into community accommodation and is this week communicating with Highgate Park’s residents and staff about the facility’s eventual closure.

There are currently 11 residents living at Highgate Park, previously known as the Julia Farr Centre, who will gradually move into alternative community accommodation in the coming weeks and months.

Of the 11 remaining residents, five residents are being supported to move into alternative accommodation imminently.

Eight New Emergency Beds at Modbury Hospital

A new eight-bed Emergency Extended Care Unit (EECU) has opened as part of an expansion of the Emergency Department at Modbury Hospital aimed at easing pressure on our busy metropolitan hospitals.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the eight beds are part of an almost $100 million commitment to redevelop and modernise Modbury Hospital.

“The northern suburbs have the highest population growth in South Australia - with a quarter of the State’s population expected to live here by 2026,” Minister Wade said.

NAPLAN results show upward shift for SA

South Australian schools are showing encouraging signs of improvement following the release of the 2019 NAPLAN results today.

This year’s results have seen Year 3 mean score results up in every test domain, as well as nation-leading growth in writing scores for South Australia.

The state’s results have also improved against the Australian average in 15 of the 20 measures compared to 2018.

Other highlights for South Australia include:

New midwifery care trial for State’s Mid North

Expectant mothers in Wallaroo, Crystal Brook, Port Pirie, Clare and Jamestown are set to benefit from better access to midwives throughout their pregnancy, with a new way of caring being trialled in the Yorke and Northern Local Health Network.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the trial program will ensure mothers and babies receive the best rural maternity care.

“We know that all too often, expectant mothers in rural and regional areas have limited access to the full suite of antenatal, postnatal, labour and birthing services,” Minister Wade said.