Media Releases

GOING GRASSROOTS: A CONVERSATION ABOUT NRM

Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone is encouraging people in the Riverland to get behind the Liberal Party’s statewide consultation on the future of natural resource management in South Australia.

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RIVERLAND COULD BENEFIT FROM ELECTRICITY INITIATIVE

Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone has welcomed the ACCC’s draft determination on SACOME’s joint electricity purchasing application on behalf of many South Australian businesses, including in the Riverland.

Mr Whetstone wrote to the ACCC to support SACOME’s application, which included Riverland based Central Irrigation Trust as part of the proposed buyer group.

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TIME TO TURN AROUND THE RIVERLAND'S POPULATION EXODUS

The Riverland has suffered a population exodus in the 12 months to June 2016, raising a number of concerns about economic growth, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Between 30 June 2015 and 30 June 2016, the Riverland lost a net total of more than 300 people, raising concerns about the impact of high unemployment and current barriers to providing career opportunities for youth in the region.

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ALARM BELLS WELL AND TRULY RINGING ON TRADE

Trade statistics released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) should have alarm bells ringing in the State Government as merchandise exports to key trading regions the United States, China, Middle East and ASEAN plummeted by a combined $1 billion.

As the State Government hosts a business mission to Indonesia and the Philippines, merchandise export values in the 12 months to February 2017 with ASEAN (which includes both countries) are down by more than $200 million.

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DRUG TREATMENT TO HELP REGIONAL ADDICTS ICED

As communities in the Riverland face significant challenges in the battle against illicit drugs, the Weatherill Government last week blocked legislation that would have allowed parents, police and child protection officers to apply to a court for mandatory treatment orders for a child addicted to illicit drugs.

The Controlled Substances (Youth Treatment Orders) Amendment Bill would have led to the establishment of a vital facility for the treatment of young people struggling with drug addiction.

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6,500 leave SA for interstate – time to stop the drain

Today’s Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data shows South Australians continue to leave the
state in droves.


In the 12 months to September 2016, ABS figures reveal South Australia lost 6,484 people interstate in net terms, a staggering 57 per cent increase compared with the preceding 12 months.

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Lasting peace of mind for shack owners
The State Liberals have introduced legislation to give lasting peace of mind to shack owners across South Australia and the Riverland. If passed, the legislation will allow lessees of ‘life-lease’ shack sites to enter into permanent arrangements, fulfilling the State Liberal’s longstanding commitment to allowing South Australian shack owners to enjoy their properties for generations to come.
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Weatherill Government gets and F for exports

South Australia’s trade performance has slumped again with a billion dollars wiped off
merchandise exports during the past 12 months.


In the last year the value of South Australia’s merchandise exports fell 9.7% compared with
the preceding 12 months to $10.66 billion.

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Historic moment for women’s football in SA

The Australian Football League has confirmed the Adelaide Crows will be granted a licence in the inaugural national women’s competition in a huge boost for female football in South Australia and an historic day for women’s sport.
 
Adelaide was one of thirteen AFL clubs which lodged bids for a licence in the eight team, 2017 women’s national competition which will start in February.

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South Australia must climb out of export rut

Today’s ABS data has revealed that South Australia has recorded its worst March merchandisable export values in six years, with the State’s overall trade to March 2016 dropping by $37 million compared to the previous 12 months.
 
South Australia’s slip down the national export ladder is further highlighted in the Federal Government’s ‘Trade by State and Territory’ report showing SA recorded the biggest decline in export volumes of any state or territory across Australia in 2014-15.

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