Select Committee into Land Access delivers welcome findings
During last sitting week, the Parliamentary Select Committee on Land Access tabled its final report in the House of Assembly. I was an appointed member of this Committee (established in March) and am pleased with the final report and the six recommendations contained within it (visit the Parliament tab on this website to view my speech made in the chamber when the report was tabled).
Land access has been a highly-charged issue in our community for some time and a topic I have stood up for in the Parliament on a number of occasions. That action in Parliament resulted in the formation of a Select Committee tasked with enquiring into the important issue of land access disputes. The committee work proved to be a valuable exercise.
The recommendations, if implemented, I believe will provide for a better balance between the interests of agricultural landowners, and mining companies seeking to access their land to explore and mine minerals.
I particularly endorse the recommendation that a Mining Ombudsman be established, and that the Department for Environment and Water be tasked with undertaking comprehensive mapping of existing land use, to better value and protect agricultural land.
I am very pleased to see the Carslake Road/Dublin Saleyard Access Project is now complete, and equally very pleased the Highway one speed restrictions for 10 kilometres south of Port Wakefield have now been lifted.
Improvements to freight productivity, and productivity for all motorists who use this busy highway, can now be fully realised. These works seemed to take a long time to finish but were vital for improved efficiencies and safety, and the highway is now a pleasure to drive on.
Applications are open for two new Tourism Grants funds: Nature-based Tourism Small Grants for small scale projects in SA national parks, gardens, reserves, and Crown land; and Heritage Tourism Grants for projects that enable activation for tourism purposes of State or Local heritage-listed places. Applications to these funds close 2 pm, 3 December.
Additionally, for private owners, companies, local councils, and community groups who are caretakers of State Heritage Places, I advise round 4 of the Heritage Conservation Grants Program is now open (closes 10 December).
Incorporated, non-profit organisations which work with older people are also invited to apply for Grants for Seniors and Positive Ageing Fellowship Grants, and local Councils can apply for Age Friendly SA Grants. These grants also close on 10 December.
For more information about all the above programs, please visit my website or call/email the electorate office.