Fee relief for fishing industry in wake of coronavirus

The Marshall Liberal Government will provide fee relief to the commercial seafood and charter boat sectors which have been significantly impacted as a result of coronavirus.

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8th April 2020

The Hon. T.J. WHETSTONE (Chaffey—Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development) (15:09): I, too, rise to make a plea to the public of South Australia and those visitors who would normally travel to the great River Murray, one of the great destinations. I am sure that many people in this chamber alone have at some point in time holidayed or travelled up to the River Murray in one way, shape or form for a great experience, whether that is to the river, to Lake Bonney, to some of the beautiful pristine environment, or to visit some of the fantastic wetlands. These are some of the greatest experiences in our lifetime, particularly of our childhood.

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Regional Growth Fund applications brought forward

The opening of the third funding round of the Regional Growth Fund has been brought forward to help provide economic stimulus to our regions in the wake of devastating bushfires, drought and ongoing impacts of coronavirus.

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Passionate psychologist crowned 2020 Rural Women's Award winner

Clinical psychologist and World’s End farmer Stephanie Schmidt has been named South Australia’s AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award winner for 2020.

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Travellers reminded not to bring fruit and vegetables into SA

The South Australian Government is urging interstate travellers to play their part in the battle against fruit fly this long weekend and not bring fruit and vegetables into the state.

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Drought package expanded to help more people
  • Expand mental health outreach support with enhanced Family and Business Support Program
  • Introduce a $120 per dog wild dog bounty
  • $330,000 for community drought recovery events
  • Extend the 50 per cent rebate for pastoral lease rents
  • An extra wild dog trapper to be employed
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3rd March 2020

The Hon. T.J. WHETSTONE (Chaffey—Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development) (15:08): I would like to rise today to speak about some of the achievements this government has brought in to the electorate of Chaffey. It all comes on the back of jobs for Chaffey, better services in Chaffey and, of course, reducing the cost of living in Chaffey—and how important that is. Over the two years that the Marshall Liberal government has been governing South Australia, particularly in Chaffey we have seen the reinstatement of the community legal services. Sadly, the previous government withdrew the community legal services in Chaffey, reduced services, and if anyone wanted any community legal help they had to go down south of Adelaide—absolutely outrageous. It is a great initiative, a $600,000 commitment from the Marshall government that has allowed the reinstatement of this service, providing better services into Chaffey.

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Government stands firm on GM crops freedom

The Marshall Liberal Government will stand firm in its support for South Australian grain growers’ campaign to enjoy the same freedom of choice available to their interstate neighbours when it comes to growing genetically-modified crops.

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SA agriculture sets new record despite challenging conditions

South Australia’s primary industries and agribusiness sector has reached record levels, generating $15.2 billion revenue in 2018-19 – an increase of two per cent on the previous year despite challenging conditions.

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18th February 2020

The Hon. T.J. WHETSTONE (Chaffey—Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development) (15:23): I would like to rise to speak about the greatest electorate in South Australia, and that is the electorate of Chaffey, to talk about mobile phone blackspots. I am very happy to say that on Thursday two mobile blackspots in the electorate of Chaffey will be turned on, and it is great news for the people at Murtho on the Murtho Road in those surrounding areas at Murtho South. We will see that first tower have the switch flicked, as well as at Wunkar, which is one of the great grain growing areas on the border of the Riverland and Mallee.

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