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
Firstly, a big thank you to the Dover Gardens community and a number of residents who raised their concerns about anti-social behaviour at our first Community Forum in December last year.
Since then, I've been working with SAPOL, Housing SA and Marion Council to improve our community's local amenities and engagement.
As reported by a SAPOL representative at our follow-up Community Forum earlier this year, SAPOL have now undertaken District Policing Model 2 in the Dover Gardens area with a dedicated Sergeant leading the team based at the Sturt Police Station.Read more
It'll be easier, more than ever, to commute to our local Flinders Medical Centre, Hospital and University, with the highly-anticpated completion of Flinders Link later this year.
Infrastructure projects are forging ahead, ensuring thousands of people can keep working.
Once complete, Flinders Link will provide a long overdue rail connection between the Flinders health and education precinct and the city.Read more
ANZAC Day takes place under very different circumstances this year, but it is as important as ever for us to focus on the meaning of the day and to honour those who have served.
Although we cannot physically stand side by side and commemorate together, it is important that we still pay our respects and give thanks to our past and present servicemen and women.
To keep the ANZAC spirit alive, ways you can commemorate #Anzacathome this year include:Read more
Many of you have been following this closely since our first community forum in mid-December 2019, and I'm very pleased to provide you with the latest update.
I recently met with the Minister for Human Services, Hon Michelle Lensink MLC who advised the tender process is still underway with a number of shortlisted proponents having received an invitation to supply.
You'll be pleased to know that all proponents have proposed demolition of the Quintus Tce site, with construction expected to begin later in the year.Read more
Anti-social behaviour and community safety around the Dover Gardens area has been an ongoing concern for many residents, which is why I've been working closely with SAPOL, the City of Marion and Housing SA to help find a solution to a range of issues raised at my previous community forum in mid-December 2019.
Significant progress has been made in a number of areas to improve local amenities and community engagement.Read more
It was a pleasure to receive a personal tour from Leanne Prior, Principal of Paringa Park Primary School of the newly-opened Outdoor Learning and Nature Play area and learning more about how the school community is encouraging our students to be active and engaged in outdoor learning experiences.Read more
I had the honour to officially open the new Minda Coast Park recently. This is something our community has been excited to see completed and it was wonderful to deliver it with Stephen Patterson - Member for Morphett and Amanda Wilson - Mayor, Holdfast Bay.Read more