Supply Bill 2014
Wednesday, 4 June 2014
Mr WINGARD ( Mitchell ) ( 20:41 :27 ): I rise today to speak about a number of key issues in the electorate of Mitchell. We have talked recently about all the facts. We know the facts, and we know the numbers associated with the state's economy.
We know the state's debt has grown from just over $3 billion 12 years ago to almost $14 billion now—a blowout of $12 million. Of the past seven budgets, six were in deficit and only one was in surplus. Surplus budgets were promised at every one of those.
I preface the next comments with that because in that time nothing has been done about the Oaklands crossing, a piece of infrastructure very dear to my heart and very dear to the hearts of the people of Mitchell. I mentioned the $11 billion of debt that has been racked up in that 12 years. I understand you have to spend money at times to make things happen, but with that $11 billion debt (not the $100 million or thereabouts, as is claimed by the previous transport minister) about $100 million, maybe $120 million, is needed for this project. Of that $11 billion debt, that figure could not be put aside, and I find that very discouraging.
A total of $6.8 million was spent on upgrading the station, and $12.6 million was promised but pulled out back in 2001 in the 2001 state budget because of another blowout. It cost $6.8 million to move the station, and $12.6 million was promised to help renovate the area but was then pulled out of the budget. More recently, $2 million was spent on a study. So, in 12 years $11 billion has been spent in excess by this government and they could not find the money to fix this very important piece of infrastructure. I hope the Premier and Treasurer are away planning as we speak to make this happen. There was $2 million dollars spent on the study; perhaps that will come to fruition when the budget is handed down. Here's hoping for a very key piece of infrastructure for the electorate of Mitchell.
This takes me to the car park tax, which has been talked about as well, I know, and again the people of Mitchell have raised this with me. They see it as a very slippery slope. We talk about having a car park tax in the city, and that has been the suggestion to date. Again, we wait for the budget to be handed down. As the Treasurer keeps telling us, that is where the facts and figures will be, but the people of Mitchell see this as a very slippery slope. We have it starting in the city, but where it will end is their concern.
I have had residents come and talk to me and they are very concerned. We have the biggest shopping precinct in the state in the electorate of Mitchell, the Westfield shopping precinct. It is getting bigger, it seems, by the minute. The Westfield Marion shopping complex has a lot of car parks, and I fear, and the residents of Mitchell fear, if we have a car park tax in the city, how long will it take before it evolves to the regions, before it evolves to Westfield Marion, before it perhaps heads down to the Hallett Cove shopping centre? Will it make its way to Colonnades? Will it make its way to the SA Aquatic Centre, the local library, maybe parks and even the beach? Who knows where this car park tax will end? That is the concern of a lot of people in the electorate of Mitchell.
I cannot speak on behalf of the Mayor of the City of Marion or the mayor of the Onkaparinga council (both fit into my electorate), but I would be flabbergasted if they would condone a car park tax that could make its way into the suburbs and into shopping centres, as I said, like the Marion shopping centre and Colonnades. That is a great fear of the people of Mitchell. So, I suggest to the Treasurer: remove the car park tax altogether and allay the fears of the people of South Australia. It is a grave concern, and it is one that sits with the people in my electorate, and they are very worried about it.
There are a couple of other things that had been promised during the election. I really hope we can get these locked away and, again, I hope the Treasurer and the Premier are away considering these right at the minute. Both sides of this house committed at the election to providing a toilet block at the Southbank reserve in Sheidow Park. I did a lot of doorknocking in this area, and I met a lot of people in Sheidow Park. It is a wonderful suburb. Perhaps, when you come for a schnitzel with me at the Crown Inn—
The DEPUTY SPEAKER: I am waiting for the invite.
Mr WINGARD: It is still coming, I know. The invite is coming. We will pick a night that suits us both. When we go up to Reynella, we can cut through Sheidow Park because there is a little back way through, and it is a nice little journey, too. It is a great suburban part of Adelaide. There are a lot of houses there and a lot of supermarkets, as I talked about in my maiden speech. A lot of facilities and supermarkets fall out of that region.
The suburban homes have a very nice park there. Again, both sides of the house promised at the last election that they would get a toilet block for that reserve. It is very difficult when a lot of families come to this venue where there are parks, as I say, playgrounds and the like. They come to meet at this venue and, as you would imagine with children under the age of four or five, if you have a little walk to get to this park from the moment you get there, if you take two or three kids with you, Murphy's Law says that as soon as you get there one of them has to go to the toilet.
There is no toilet block there. It is something that this area, this region of the state, this great suburb, has called for for a long, long time. It was with great pleasure that we committed to it. I know that it was committed to on the other side as well, so I really look forward to having the Premier and also the Treasurer let us know when it will go ahead and when it will be happening because the people of Sheidow Park are really looking forward to that commitment which was made, as I said, by both sides.
There was another amenity around Sheidow Park, in the adjacent suburb of Trott Park. We will do a tour, you and I. We are going to have a great time, I tell you. We will just travel around and check it out, Deputy Speaker. I can take you to Trott Park as well because there they promised a dog—
The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Sounds like a week of my life!
Mr WINGARD: You are looking forward to that, aren't you? I can see.
The DEPUTY SPEAKER: It's a week of my life!
Mr WINGARD: A dog-friendly park was promised as well, and that is something the people of Trott Park have been looking for. They do not ask for a lot, but that is something they are after. Again, both sides of the house promised it at the last election.
It is a great facility. They do not call them dog parks anymore, I am told. They are called 'dog-friendly' parks because they are open to everyone, but there are facilities there for dogs to run around and do their bits and pieces without getting in anyone's way. They are very popular right throughout my electorate, where there are a number of them, and people love them dearly; up in Trott Park I am sure they will really appreciate this. Again, it was committed to by both sides, so I look forward to hearing when we will get that done.
I did talk about the infrastructure at Oaklands Park train station, and it was remiss of me not to say that we have put a request in to speak to and speak with the transport minister. We are just waiting for the transport minister to get back to us to find out more about what is happening and when it will happen, so we look forward to hearing from the transport minister as far as the Oaklands Park station and crossover are concerned, at the intersection there.
The other one that was spoken about very much in my electorate is in Reynella, too, not far from the Crown Inn hotel—that is, the sporting complex there. It is a great community complex that houses a number of different sporting teams who all work very well together. It was a great experience during the election campaign to work with so many of these organisations. The bowls club does a marvellous job, as do the tennis club well, the cricket club and the football club. There is also a pistol and rifle shooting club there which, incidentally, has a couple of young athletes, who I will talk about later in this house when I have the time, who are off to the Commonwealth Games. They are a couple of young stars in the making from down Reynella way, and they will be people to watch out for when the Commonwealth Games roll around in Glasgow a little later this year.
The facility is down there as well. They are a great group of people who go about doing their own thing and do not create much of a fuss, but they did look at and did ask for bituminising around the edge of their facility. As I said, it takes in all those clubs that I just mentioned. In the summertime, when you go there and play cricket, people drive around the edge of the oval to get to their different venues. Dust blows up and blows right across the oval. You end up choking, and it makes the sausages taste terrible. The dust that blows through is quite confronting.
Likewise, in the wintertime, as the winter sports are played—I did not mention the netball club that is down there as well—they drive around to get to the netball club and they drive through mud and slush. You get out of your car and you are stepping in mud. It is a dust bowl in the summertime, it is mud and slush in the wintertime, and we are looking at getting some bituminising around there.
That was something that we did commit to during the election campaign. The other side did not commit to that, unfortunately, but we are hoping that in the spirit of good will they will come and have a look at this project. We will invite the Minister for Transport to come and have a look as well, and perhaps while we are doing the Southern Expressway we could get around to getting a little bit of that extra bitumen that might be left over at some stage and getting it around the edge of this great community facility.
It has got a lot of sporting clubs, as I mentioned, but there are also other community facilities that it is used for. There is a good community club there, and it is used by the seniors as well. It is a great area and a great part of the electorate of Mitchell, which hopefully, as they sit down and do the budget, the Premier and Treasurer will be able to find some money in their budget to make that happen.
They are a couple of the things that are important to the people of Mitchell—just a couple of small projects. There are some bigger projects that we can talk about later, such as the Southern Expressway that has been done. The people of Sheidow Park and Trott Park have had that go through their backyard during the months that it has taken to build—just over 12 months, I think, heading towards 18 months.
It has been a long project, and runs right through the heartland of Sheidow Park and Trott Park, but unfortunately for them they were ignored in the duplication and there is no on-off ramp at this part of the Southern Expressway. They have had all the building go on, and they have had it go through their backyard—the dust storms—and they have lived through the mess, but they will get no benefit from it.
That is another issue that I would like to take up with the transport minister when we do get that opportunity, because the Southern Expressway is great for the people of my region, but not being able to access it or use it is a great concern. With that, Madam Deputy Speaker, again I invite you down to the electorate of Mitchell. We will take you on a wonderful tour; the $7 schnitzel is coming your way, and I look forward to it.
The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member's time has expired. The only sport he did not mention during his contribution was calisthenics and, if he does not know, he should know that will be the lure to get me to Mitchell.