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Labor slashes PSO funding as crime rates soar

The Malinauskas Labor Government has cut crucial funding for 168 Protective Security Officers in a huge blow to the safety and security of South Australians as SAPOL faces a staff shortage crisis.

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Chaffey forgotten in Labor Budget

The lack of support for the Riverland and Mallee in this week’s State Budget was disappointing but not surprising Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said today.

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Labor hides monthly crime statistics in another transparency fail

The Malinauskas Labor Government’s transparency track record has taken another hit with months’ worth of SAPOL crime statistics kept secret from South Australians.

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Renmark Named SA’s Top Tourism Town

Renmark has been recognised as South Australia’s Top Tourism Town for 2022.

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Group Training Organisation traineeship program assists Riverland agriculture workforce

An innovative pilot program will see seasonal workers in the Riverland employed by a Group Training Organisation to provide them with year-round work, learning valuable skills and addressing the workforce needs of the agriculture industry.

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SPORTS GRANTS SUPPORT COMMUNITIES IN THE RIVERLAND

Sporting organisations in Chaffey will receive part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s $20.6 million Infrastructures Sports Grants, to improve facilities for grassroots sporting clubs.

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Grievance Debate - Chaffey

Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (15:51): I rise to speak on a couple of exciting issues that are happening not only within this place but up in the electorate of Chaffey. The Riverland floodplains are awash at the moment with high flows, and the nine year Riverine Recovery Project has released its final report. It is an $88.3 million project which has delivered across multiple phases of the floodplain system, particularly around the Riverland floodplain network. The report shows that the 7.24 gigalitres of water that have been returned to the environment are working.

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PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE (EXCEPTIONAL TREE REGISTER) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (12:19): Thank you, sir, and congratulations on your retirement speech yesterday. I am sad that I did not contribute, but it was all inclusive, as I witnessed. I would like to make a contribution to the commission to establish and maintain the exceptional tree register. The feeling is that it will impose significant and ongoing administrative function, and it is also unknown exactly what councils will do in implementing such a register.

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Grievance Debate - Chaffey

Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (16:27): It gives me pleasure to talk about some of the happenings in Chaffey over the last week—some of it good and some of it not so good, but first and foremost I mention the Riverland Auto Street Party celebrating Barmera's centenary. It was also celebrating 100 years of the automobile in Barmera.

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Call to support region’s economy and shop local this Christmas

Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone is calling on Riverland and Mallee residents to support small business and bolster local jobs by shopping local this Christmas.

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