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Literacy Guarantee to deliver for kids who need support

Year 1 students across all of South Australia’s government schools will undertake a phonics screening check in term 3 as part of the State Government’s comprehensive Literacy Guarantee program.

“A strong foundation in literacy in the early years is vital for students to succeed in later levels of education. That’s why the Marshall Government is pushing ahead with implementing our Literacy Guarantee package, including the phonics screening checks,” said Minister for Education John Gardner.

Marshmallow playspace family day

The State Government and City of Adelaide have officially opened the revitalised Marshmallow Playspace (Pelzer Park / Pityarilla) in the Southern Park lands meaning families can now enjoy the fantastic new facilities.

The State Government has worked with the City of Adelaide to create a community park that promotes physical activity and celebrates nature, aboriginal culture and heritage.

A launch event is being held today to celebrate, with live music, food trucks and loads of activities for the kids such as face painting.

Charter to engage local community in planning process

The State Government has today launched a new Community Engagement Charter giving South Australians greater opportunities to help shape their neighbourhoods.

Minister for Planning Stephan Knoll will today officially approve and launch the charter which includes a set of legally binding principles of engagement to ensure the way authorities engage is fit for purpose and transparent.

“The Community Engagement Charter is a significant step toward making South Australia’s planning system more transparent and engaging,” said Minister for Planning Stephan Knoll.

SA to investigate Meningococcal vaccination program

Senior clinicians and immunisation experts will meet today for the first time as part of the State Government’s clinical task group to develop the meningococcal B-strain immunisation program in South Australia.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said that while meningococcal disease is rare, B-strain is the most prevalent in the state and the Government is committed to developing a targeted, local response to have the maximum impact on the disease.

Feral cat eradication program focuses on KI’s Dudley Peninsula

The State Government is launching the next phase of the Kangaroo Island Feral Cat Eradication Program with a specific focus on Dudley Peninsula.

“This ambitious feral cat eradication program aims to ultimately eliminate the invasive predator and cement the Island’s reputation as being a safe haven for native wildlife,” said Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs.

“Feral cats decimate native wildlife on the Island and also have an impact on livestock which hurts our Island’s farming businesses.

Statement from the Minister for Health and Wellbeing: Meningococcal B Vaccination

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said he is actively investigating options for the provision of a Meningococcal B Vaccination program for South Australian children.

The peak national clinical advisory group – Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) – has recently significantly recast recommendations on Meningococcal B vaccination and released the draft for public consultation.

The options for South Australia are being revisited in the light of ATAGI’s new draft recommendations.

Marshall Government moves on flu vaccinations

In a first for South Australian public health policy the Marshall Government will provide free flu vaccinations for all children under the age of five.

“The Marshall Government understands the threat the flu poses to babies and small children and has moved swiftly to provide protection through vaccinations,” said Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade.

“Upon the election of the Marshall Government a little over a month ago, I asked the Chief Medical Officer to try to secure the necessary vaccines.

South Australia secures 100% water allocations

The State Government has confirmed that South Australia’s River Murray water access entitlement holders will receive a 100 per cent water allocation in the 2018-19 water year.

South Australia is expected to receive its full Entitlement Flow of 1,850 gigalitres which will provide greater certainty for irrigators and our environment.

“This is a huge win for South Australia’s environment, our irrigators and importantly local jobs,” said Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs.

Parliamentary sitting schedule for 2018

The Marshall Government has today formally issued the sitting schedule for the first session of the 54th Parliament of South Australia, with more sitting days in an election year than after the previous three state elections.

“The opening day is Thursday 3 May, when the new Parliament will get to work with more sitting days in an election year than after the 2014, 2010, and 2006 elections under Labor,” said Leader of Government Business John Gardner.

Councils’ excellence in public health recognised

Local councils across South Australia have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to public health at the 2018 Minister for Health and Wellbeing’s Excellence in Public Health Awards this week.

The City of Marion and City of Onkaparinga won the metropolitan award for their joint event the Heatwave Hypothetical: Feeling Hot Hot Hot! Dealing with Heatwaves in Southern Adelaide.