It's not every year you celebrate a 90th birthday, and so today Hon David Speirs MP and I hosted our annual 90th Birthday Afternoon Tea for all the wonderful 90 year olds in our community.
Sponsored by local business Patritti Wines and featuring live music from Brighton Secondary School's string quartet, this high tea was the perfect way to celebrate local residents who were born in 1930.Read more
At 11am on 11 November 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent. After four years of fighting, World War I had at last come to an end.
Every year on this day, we pause to remember those who served, fought and died in that war and in all conflicts in which our country has been involved.Read more
The coffee at Kushu Café in Warradale lived up to its reputation at this month's community catch up.
I'm pleased to say we also had our largest turnout for a Coffee with Corey event this year.Read more
With its upgrades starting in 2018, the new Marion Outdoor Pool is now ready for use, just in time for the upcoming summer.
It was a pleasure for me to attend the opening of the pool today on behalf of the State Government which contributed $150,000 to this $4.5m project.Read more
Earlier this year, Lilly, a student at Darlington Primary School, wrote me a letter describing the weathered condition of her school's South Australian flag.
It was a pleasure to respond to Lilly's letter by visiting her school today to present a replacement.Read more
This afternoon I'm at Brighton Lacrosse Club to celebrate the offical opening to see their new clubroom!
On our tour of their stunning new site, one of the club's life members told me that when the old clubrooms were built many decades ago the besser blocks used cost two shillings each!Read more
Brighton Primary School is one of our great local schools with an inclusive atmosphere clear from the moment you step onto the school grounds. School Principal, Ian Filer and 10 impressive young students on from the Student Executive proudly showed me around their school community in a personal tour.Read more
With the Minister for Education, I spent a day visiting several local schools including Seaview High School, Darling Primary School and Marion Primary School.
At Seaview High School, we inspected the site of the school’s new performance arts building being constructed as part of the State Government’s Building Better School’s programme. Student Presidents Rhys and Casey then interviewed the Minister and me, asking all kinds of great questions including our own experiences at school. It was fantastic to speak with such thoughtful young people.Read more
The Hon. C.L. WINGARD (Gibson—Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services, Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing) (15:15): It is with great pleasure I rise today to speak about some recent activities in my electorate. June has been a wonderful month. It has been great to be back out again as some of the restrictions have eased. That is very much to the credit of the people of South Australia, who have done an outstanding job. Of course, the officials from SA Health and the police commissioner have done a wonderful job in giving the directions as they have. I think the Premier and all the team have done an outstanding job to make sure we are doing everything we can to keep South Australians as safe as possible.Read more
The Hon. C.L. WINGARD (Gibson—Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services, Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing) (16:11): I rise today to speak on the Single-use and Other Plastic Products (Waste Avoidance) Bill 2020. This bill represents the next logical step to achieving a cleaner and more sustainable state. It is the result of careful planning and close consultation with the community over the last few years. I commend the Minister for the Environment Mr David Speirs, a friend and colleague, for championing this cause and the great work he has done.
South Australians can be proud of how we have managed waste. We were one of the first states to introduce the container scheme in 1977. In 2017-18, we recovered almost 603 million containers to be recycled. In 2009, we became the first state to ban lightweight plastic bags from supermarket check-outs. With this bill, we have the opportunity to keep being leaders in environmental sustainability.
On commencement, the bill would ban single-use plastic straws, cutlery and drink stirrers from sale, supply and distribution. Twelve months from commencement date, the distribution of expanded polystyrene cups, bowls, plates, clamshell containers and oxo-degradable plastic products would then be prohibited. This is a great opportunity before us, and we look forward to getting on with this job.Read more