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New trails to explore at Glenthorne National Park

As part of the creation of the new Glenthorne National Park in Adelaide’s southern suburbs, ten new trails are now ready for walkers, runners and mountain bikers to explore at O’Halloran Hill.

The 13 kilometres of new trails reach around O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park and provide spectacular views over Gulf St Vincent and Adelaide city.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the new trails are the first significant investment in new visitor infrastructure as part of the creation of Glenthorne National Park.

Inaugural graduation from Aboriginal fisheries training program

The first four recruits to participate in the State Government's inaugural Aboriginal Fisheries Officer Career Pathways Program graduated this week, to officially become Fisheries Officers.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the group’s successful completion of the program is positive progress in the management of Aboriginal Traditional Fishing in South Australia.

TAFE SA to maintain its presence at Urrbrae as campus transition plan is finalised

TAFE SA will maintain its presence at the Urrbrae Campus and continue its delivery of horticulture training, after meeting its required savings targets for the site and completing a review of how its training offering can be best delivered.

The announcement comes after the Government announced a further $25.2 million injection into TAFE SA in this year’s budget, as well as an additional $1.6 million to recognise delays in the training provider meeting its existing efficiency measures.

Independent experts to review water main network

The Marshall Liberal Government has today announced an independent review of SA Water’s water network asset management, to identify opportunities to reduce water main breaks.  

This independent review will look at how SA Water manages its water supply system including how it has prioritised asset replacement, its response to incidents, and how SA Water benchmarks against world’s best practice.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said over recent years water main breaks had caused disruption for households, commuters and local businesses.

Ruff Days Ahead For Drug Smugglers

Budding drug detector dogs and their human handlers have been handed a homeground advantage in the fight against contraband amid a Marshall Government initiative to ensure an intensive course previously run interstate is delivered locally.

The move is saving taxpayer dollars by eliminating costs associated with sending and accommodating South Australian handlers to the 12-week Queensland-based course, while also allowing the Passive Alert Drug Detection (PADD) dogs and their handlers to train in the prisons they will end up operating at.

TAFE SA to collaborate with independent providers

TAFE SA and independent training providers will work together to create a higher quality and more efficient vocational education and training sector in South Australia, following a formal agreement.

TAFE SA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA – SA) that will ensure the organisations work together to foster areas of collaboration between providers.

New cardiac cath lab re-opens at TQEH

People with heart conditions in Adelaide’s western suburbs will benefit from new, modern infrastructure and equipment following a recently completed refurbishment of the Cardiac Catheterisation (Cath) Labs at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH).

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the reopening of the Cath Labs delivers on the Marshall Liberal Government’s election commitment to restore 24/7 cardiology services at TQEH.

First Aboriginal Action Plan to improve outcomes for Aboriginal children and young people in care

The Department for Child Protection has released its first Aboriginal Action Plan with the aim of helping reduce the over representation of Aboriginal young people and children coming into care.

The new Action Plan ensures the participation of children and family members in decision-making and the Department for Child Protection will partner with Aboriginal organisations to ensure children and young people maintain connections to family, community and culture.

Closing The Net On Cybercrims

A beefed-up Financial and Cybercrime Investigation Branch (FCIB) has been launched to combat the rising threat in our community.

The Branch, which includes the Major Fraud Investigation Section, has been renamed the Serious and Organised Financial Crime Investigation Section (SOFCIS) and boosted by 13 new staff, taking the total working in the Section to 90.

This has come about from an operational restructure which follows a full review by SAPOL, plus this new section supports the implementation of the South Australia Police Cybercrime Strategy 2018-2020.

The Flu Stops With You

The Marshall Liberal Government is today launching a new public awareness campaign which uses the “ick-factor” to remind South Australians about just how contagious the flu can be and how everyone can help to reduce its spread.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the SA Health Flu Stops With You campaign is a timely reminder for everyone to look after themselves and each other this winter.