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Babies having a swell time amid beach safety boom

Hundreds more South Australian bubs and small children have been hitting the beach this summer amid the soaring popularity of a program run by Surf Life Saving SA.

New figures reveal 435 families – an increase of 159 per cent from the previous year - are putting their little ones through the Surf Babies and Little Life Savers course after the Marshall State Government subsidised the cost of the program down to $50 from $100.

SA’s Grid Scale Storage Fund attracts global interest

International companies at the forefront of developing innovative energy storage solutions are among those that have applied for the Marshall Liberal Government’s $50 million Grid Scale Storage Fund.

The Fund, launched in November 2018, is another critical component of the Marshall Government’s policies designed to deliver cheaper, more reliable and greener power to South Australian households and businesses.

Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan said that when applications closed last week more than 50 proposals had been received.

Liberal Government gives thousands of South Australians cost of living relief

Nearly 34,000 South Australian households on low or fixed incomes are set to start receiving the State Government’s annual Cost of Living Concession payment this week, to help with expenses like energy and water bills.

The concessions provide $103.70 per household, totalling more than $3.5 million in assistance for 2019.

The cost of living concession payments come as the Marshall Liberal Government continues to deliver on its commitment to ease cost of living pressures for South Australians. These include:

• Delivering more affordable electricity

Helping SA’s farm water go the distance

  • SA and Federal Government invest $5 million in emergency water infrastructure
  • Drought-hit livestock farmers can claim up to 25% on new water infrastructure
  • Part of the $50 million On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate scheme

The Federal Coalition and South Australian Governments are delivering $5 million in Federal rebates for drought affected livestock farmers who invest in on-farm water infrastructure.

100 more reasons to get your child's feet moving

South Australian parents can dance all the way to the bank now that the Marshall Government has added the popular pastime to the Sports Voucher Program.

The Liberal State Government recently doubled the value of the voucher to $100 to use towards the cost of sporting club fees or membership.

All forms of dance (cultural, artistic, street,) are now included in the program – which has recognised providers through more than a hundred sports and recreation activities throughout South Australia.

Record temperatures, weak energy system shows why NSW interconnector is needed

The Marshall Government used ‘every tool at its disposal’ to prevent residential load-shedding yesterday, amid record high temperatures in Adelaide and across the state and low power supply in SA and Victoria.

Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan said the Government was prepared and practiced, having been in close coordination with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and finally declaring an Energy Emergency at 7pm.

101 batteries already installed under Government's Home Battery Scheme, hundreds more on the way

Hundreds of South Australians seeking more affordable, reliable power have successfully applied for a State Government subsidy through the Marshall Government’s new Home Battery Scheme, with 101 home batteries already successfully installed.

Over 500 households are also now in line for installation – accessing grants of up to $6000 each - as public interest in the home storage technology grows.

Student fee waived for regional visa 457 and 482 holders

The student contribution fee for dependents of 457 and 482 visa holders attending government schools in regional areas is being waived.

The move is expected to attract more foreign workers to settle or work in regional South Australia.

The exemption applies to all eligible students attending schools in regional areas and is effective from the 2019 school year.

Previously, skilled workers with a sub-class 457 and 482 visa were required to pay a student contribution fee. In 2019, fees can be up to $5,300 per primary school student and $6,400 per high school student.

Applications closing soon for SA's Grid Scale Storage Fund

The Marshall Government is urging world-wide renewable energy companies considering investing in South Australia to get in quickly, with applications to the $50 million Grid Scale Storage Fund closing soon.

The Fund – which offers grants designed to accelerate the roll-out of grid-scale energy storage infrastructure in SA – is part of the Government’s overall plan to deliver more reliable and affordable power for South Australian families and businesses.

New Year delivers greater choice in Home Battery Scheme

The Marshall Government’s $200 million Home Battery Scheme (HBS) has gone up another gear, with additional battery systems now eligible for the subsidy of up to $6000 per unit.

The priority period for companies that had committed to manufacturing or assembling batteries in South Australia during the first phase of the HBS has come to an end.

South Australians will now have access to home battery systems manufactured by enphase, Tesla and LGChem/Sungrow, with more systems expected to be approved in the coming weeks.