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Liberal Government saves community more than $3.4 million since delivering free volunteer checks

The Liberal Govenrment has saved volunteers and community organisations more than $3.4 million since making screening checks free for all South Australians last year.

Since 1 November, 2018, a total of 56,690 South Australians have applied for more than 71,000 free volunteer screening checks conducted by the Department of Human Services Screening Unit, saving the sector hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Under the previous Labor Government, volunteer screening checks were $59.40 each.

Affordable properties available for single women aged over 50

Liberal Government is releasing new affordable housing and land packages to help single women over 50 on lower incomes break into the housing market.

A total of nine properties in Adelaide’s western suburbs will be available for purchase under the Liberal Government’s new Affordable Homes Assist Program from today. 

The first nine home and land packages range between $320,000 and $395,000 in suburbs including Findon, Kidman Park and Woodville West and construction is expected to begin in February 2020.

Swimming lessons now more affordable for South Australian families

Parents and carers across South Australia can now get their hands on $100 vouchers to help pay for their child’s swimming lessons.

For the second time this year the State Government has expanded its Sports Vouchers program, this time to include private swimming lessons by recognised swim schools.

Minister for Recreation and Sport Corey Wingard said cutting the cost of swimming lessons is a big win for mums and dads.

Benefits of Home Battery Scheme shining through

Almost 4000 South Australian households have taken up the Marshall Government’s subsidy of up $6,000 per household towards the cost of a new home battery.

After twelve months without an electricity bill, the early adopters of the Marshall Government’s Home Battery Scheme say the ‘proof is in the pudding.’

Andrews Farm resident, John Paynter, says he and his wife Brenda haven’t paid an electricity bill since they upgraded their solar system and installed a 10kWh battery in November last year.

Government delivers millions in extra savings in amended Land Tax Reform Bill

The Marshall Government has made further amendments to its Land Tax Reform Bill, which will deliver an extra $20 million in savings for SA investors over the next three years.

The amendments to the Bill – which is now supported by the Property Council of South Australia - increase the top threshold to $1.6 million and require an independent review of the impact of its changes.

These amendments will:

Energy savings on the horizon for South Australians

The Marshall Liberal Government has today welcomed the Australian Energy Regulator’s draft determination on SA Power Networks charges, showing additional savings of $63 per year for the average household from as early as next year.

The draft determination covers the regulatory period from 2020-2025, and shows that in 2020, small businesses could also save $283 in network distribution charges.

Minister for Energy and Mining, Dan van Holst Pellekaan welcomed the draft proposal.

Alpha-ESS ramps up battery production in South Australia and partners in new ShineHub VPP

Multinational battery company Alpha-ESS has ramped up South Australian production this week, opening its new assembly facility at Lonsdale, as part of its commitment to the South Australian Government’s Home Battery Scheme.

With their first production line installed and operating at Lonsdale, Alpha-ESS will increase their production of batteries to roughly 500 systems per month for the rest of the year, ramping up to 1,000 systems per month next year.

SA Government releases Hydrogen Action Plan to international experts

Premier Steven Marshall will today release South Australia’s Hydrogen Action Plan, including the commitment of over $1 million towards a landmark study to identify optimal locations for renewable hydrogen production and export infrastructure.

The announcement will be made to hundreds of global experts at the opening of the International Conference on Hydrogen Safety at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

SA-based innovation to revolutionise property investment bricklet by bricklet

In another boost to the bourgeoning fintech ecosystem in South Australia, international technology firm, Lakeba Group is gearing up to revolutionise the property investment sector by introducing blockchain technology to fragment land titles into ‘bricklets’.

Lakeba Group’s technology will make it more affordable for people to invest in property by enabling small parcels of a property title, known as ‘bricklets’, to be purchased by individuals. Bricklets can then be traded in the same way entire property titles are bought and sold, only incurring pro rata costs.

Welcome support for Marshall Government’s land tax reform

The Marshall Liberal Govenrment has welcomed the groundswell of community and business support for its historic land tax reforms, which will put $70 million back into the pockets of tens of thousands of hardworking South Australians over three years.

Paradise teacher Lynnette Deguglielmo, and her husband Dominic, who own several investment properties and currently pay land tax on an aggregated basis, say they will save thousands of dollars on their land tax bill under the proposed changes.