River communities welcome decision to disallow critically endangered listing
The Federal Government’s move to disallow the listing of the River Murray as "critically endangered" has been welcomed by the State Liberals’ Shadow Water Minister Michelle Lensink and Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone.
The former Federal Labor Government included the River Murray on a list of threatened ecological communities under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act the day before the federal election campaign officially began.
Irrigators, industry groups and businesses along the river corridor have expressed concern about the decision to include the River Murray under an ecological listing.
Senior Liberal members tour the Riverland and Mallee
South Australian Deputy Liberal Leader Vickie Chapman and Senior Shadow Cabinet Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith have set their sights on the Riverland and Mallee with an extensive two-day tour next week.
The two senior Liberal Party members are touring the region on December 16 and 17 hosted by Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone.
With a full itinerary, Ms Chapman and Mr Hamilton-Smith will be visiting stakeholders across a number of industries including manufacturing and trade and the pair will be touring small and large businesses that play a crucial role in Chaffey’s economy.
Agriculture a priority during Shadow Minister visit
Shadow Agriculture Minister David Ridgway will conduct a two-day tour across South Australia’s food bowl next week exploring opportunities in agriculture, horticulture and primary industries.
Hosted by Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone, Mr Ridgway will travel extensively across the region on December 9 and 10.
With less than four months until the 2014 State Election, Mr Ridgway, who is also the Opposition Leader in the Upper House, has a full itinerary meeting with representatives from a large range of food industries.
"Chaffey is the engine room for food production in South Australia with the Riverland producing more than 50 per cent of the State’s total wine crush," Mr Ridgway said.
Labor Government fails to furnish chemotherapy unit
After slashing the budget for the Riverland General Hospital upgrade, the Weatherill Government is relying on the local community to raise tens of thousands of dollars to furnish the brand new chemotherapy unit.
A new four chair chemotherapy unit was announced by the Labor Government as part of the initial $41 million upgrade.
"The budget for the hospital upgrade was cut by $5 million and we were promised there would be no reduction in services," Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said.
"As a result a large number of community groups are raising money to put towards the $26,000 approximately needed for four chemotherapy chairs.
Blame game but still no trigger points on $2.2b desal plant
Sadly for South Australians, Premier Weatherill’s Water Minister continues to play the blame game over Labor's $2.2 billion desalination plant.
However, Minister Hunter refuses to provide any options about managing the facility for the benefit of all South Australians.
Shadow Water and River Murray Minister Michelle Lensink said Mr Weatherill's Labor Government has failed to provide trigger points and certainty for all South Australians.
"Mr Weatherill's $2.2 billion desalination plant needs to have trigger points for operation when we don’t have access to cheaper water sources," said Shadow Minister for Water and the River Murray Michelle Lensink.