It has been a good start to 2019, with figures just released showing a record number of tourists spending a record number of dollars in SA’s regions. On Yorke Peninsula it feels like we’ve barely scratched the surface on what we can achieve in this sector and, as stated in my speech on New Year’s Day at Port Vincent to open the gala day, I firmly believe tourism is number one for untapped potential as a major catalyst for significant economic growth for the State and our region.
A big year is envisaged in many ways, and my priorities will continue to be roads and infrastructure, health services, support for farmers and primary industry, and lowering costs of living.
Small business has warmly welcomed the reductions in payroll tax that came into effect on 1 January as pledged, following on from the $90 million reductions in the Emergency Services levy the Marshall Liberal Government delivered last year.
I am pleased to advise two impending Ministerial visits to the Narungga electorate have been scheduled. Minister for Police, Emergency Services, and Sport and Recreation the Hon Corey Wingard will be in the region next week, visiting local police stations, CFS and SES units and presenting significant grants funding for Kadina Hockey Club and the Adelaide Plains District Rifle Association at Lower Light.
I am also looking forward to a two day visit in mid-February by the Hon. David Speirs MP, Minister for Environment and Water. In response to my concerns about various local coastal issues we will be visiting various sites, including North Beach at Wallaroo and Black Point.
Ag Town of the Year
Nominations for the inaugural “Ag Town of the Year Award” opened on 18 December, a great new award which acknowledges the positive impact agriculture has on regional towns and the flow on effects on townships, community members and on the state as a whole. Any regional town in SA can be nominated if they can demonstrate its support and promotion of agriculture and regional development. For more information visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AgTownOTYNominations
Make a submission
I also encourage CFS and farmers to lodge submissions to the Select Committee on the Fire and Emergency Services (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill. For information on how to make a submission, the terms of reference, and the Bill details visit the SA Parliament website www.parliament.sa.gov.au, (refer Select Committees); or call my office. Submissions close Friday 1 February.
There’s also still time to nominate for the Recreational Fishing Advisory Council which opened on 17 December, with voting for candidates due to commence on 18 February. For more information visit www.yourSAy.sa.gov.au/fishing
Only by working together can great things happen. If I can assist with any State matters, please contact the Maitland electorate office on 88322455 or [email protected]