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Casting light onto the System Black

The Marshall Liberal Government says a report from the Australian Energy Market Commission into lessons from South Australia’s state-wide blackout confirms the need for an electricity interconnector between South Australia and New South Wales.

The report notes that an interconnector will deliver improved competition, reliability, resilience, and better allow the network to survive extreme events and be restored faster.

New antenatal and postnatal care unit for Aboriginal families

Aboriginal families having their baby at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital will now have access to South Australia’s first ever purpose-built unit for the Aboriginal Family Birthing Program.

Premier Steven Marshall said the new unit is part of a $50 million sustainment works program being carried out at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH), while planning continues for a new WCH to be collocated with the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

New bus route between Golden Grove Village and Mawson Lakes Interchange

The Marshall Government has announced a new bus service (Route 566), to operate between Golden Grove Village and Mawson Lakes Interchange, incorporating a new section of Wynn Vale Drive.

The State Government sought feedback on two different route options, and the location of three bus stops to be installed on each side of Wynn Vale Drive, between Bridge Road and Keithcott Farm Drive.

A total of 259 responses were received over the consultation period.

The preferred option to be implemented, supported by 62 per cent of respondents, is:

TAFE SA wins vote of confidence from national regulator

In a massive win for South Australian industry and job seekers, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has granted TAFE SA the maximum seven-year registration as a national VET Registered Training Organisation (RTO) for local and international students.

It is the first time that TAFE SA has ever received this length of registration.

This tick of approval from the national regulator represents a significant step towards TAFE SA’s goal of becoming known as a benchmark for high-quality vocational education in South Australia.

Small business advisers to support those affected by major projects

The Marshall Government is continuing to support businesses affected by major projects, today releasing a tender to create a register of independent Small Business Advisers.

The small business advisers will work with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) to assist small businesses potentially impacted by major project construction.

This is an important plank of the Marshall Government’s commitment to minimise impacts of major works on local businesses.

Priority Care Centres open

 

Marshall Liberal Government today launched Priority Care Centres to provide more timely treatment for patients and ease pressure on our busy emergency departments.

Following an open call for general practice partners, centres at Hackham and Hindmarsh are now open, with two more centres to open in Adelaide’s north in the coming weeks.

New laws to support park residents and owners

New laws aimed at better supporting people who live in or own a residential park have come into effect today.

Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman said the new legislation provides stronger protections for people who rent a site but provide their own dwelling, with even greater protections now in place for long-term park residents, who have lived there for 5 years or more.

“Long-term residents are now protected from having their site agreements terminated without specific grounds,” Ms Chapman said.

Improving Government engagement with Aboriginal communities

The Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement, Dr Roger Thomas, is commencing State-wide consultation to seek the views of Aboriginal communities to improve relations between government and Aboriginal people.  

Dr Thomas has already undertaken some targeted consultation with Aboriginal stakeholders.

This has developed an engagement reform proposal for his State-wide consultation.

State Government responds to SA Productivity Commission's Inquiry into government procurement

The Marshall Liberal Government has announced its formal response to the final report of the SA Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Government Procurement (Stage 1) – the first conducted by the Commission since it was established in October.

Treasurer Rob Lucas said the Government has accepted all 30 of its recommendations – the majority in full – which identify ways to cut red tape, reduce duplication of approvals and promote greater local business participation in local government tenders.