The State Liberals are demanding the Weatherill Government clears the backlog of prescribed burns in South Australia, ensuring the Riverland and Mallee are well prepared before another sweltering summer arrives.
During a recent Parliamentary Budget and Finance Committee hearing, the Environment Department revealed that only 38 per cent of prescribed burns were undertaken in autumn 2017 with just 20 of 53 prescribed burns completed across the state.
State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall will engage with the local community and industry with a focus on jobs and the economy during a visit to the Riverland this month, including a public forum to be held at the Berri Town Hall.
Hosted by Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone, Mr Marshall has an extensive itinerary during the August 15 visit.
Almost two decades of free legal advice from the Riverland Community Legal Service comes to an end today with the Weatherill Labor Government’s funding cuts forcing the Berri based service to shut its doors.
The State Government made a $6 million funding reduction to community legal centres which comes into effect tomorrow and the Riverland is the hardest hit, with services to be consolidated to an office based more than three hours away.
The roll-out of the Murray Darling Basin Plan, the impact of electricity prices on irrigators, water allocation planning and Natural Resources Management levies will be amongst the key topics discussed during a tour of the Riverland by Shadow Minister for Environment David Speirs.
Hosted by the Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone, Mr Speirs will meet with key stakeholders, in relation to water security and irrigation needs, as well as discussing environmental projects, on June 28.
A key education policy aimed at giving every South Australian child a strong foundation in literacy – the Literacy Guarantee – was recently launched by the State Liberals.
With a focus on regional South Australia, students with dyslexia and other learning difficulties will be a key area of the comprehensive plan to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes for all students.