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
In June, I held a community catchup at the Next Chapter Gourmet Café, Oaklands Park. Local residents and I chatted over coffee about issues affecting our lives and community.
This was the first in my series of catchups at local cafes that I hope will keep people connected and offer the chance to raise issues with me or other community members, all while supporting local businesses. Some issues we touched on at this meeting included housing density, public housing maintenance and visa applications.Read more
I was recently invited to a birthday party at Sturt Palms Retirement Village, Brighton. It was a very special occasion with Sturt Palm’s oldest resident, Geoffrey Edmonds, turning 100 years old.
Surrounded by fellow residents and good food, Geoffrey regaled us with stories from his incredible life. As well as living all over the world, he’s had a lifelong interest in the music and once played the Spanish guitar for Nana Mouskouri!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
South Australia is getting back to business.
From Monday 29 June, restrictions will be lifted across the state and will be replaced by a 1 person per 2 sqm density rule.
This will help more people get back to work and drive economy activity.
An approved COVID Management Plan will be required for larger events, and more details will be provided shortly.Read more
Today marks a big win for South Australians.
The Marshall Liberal Government is delivering cheaper water bills and putting money back into the pockets of hard-working families and local businesses in our community.
From 1 July 2020, the average household will save approximately $200 per year, while an average business will receive annual savings of around $1,350.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
It's fantastic we have achieved great success in flattening the curve in South Australia.
This was a collective effort from our community so thank you for observing social distancing restrictions and let's keep doing the right thing.
The table below shows the easing of restrictions with Step 2 brought forward to 1 June.Read more
Yesterday, we accelerated the easing of restrictions to support locals jobs and help businesses recover in South Australia.
After announcing the State Government's roadmap to recovery last week, we have been able to fast track its implementation thanks to the wonderful work of so many people across SA.
From this Friday, our community will be able to dine indoors and be served alcohol with their meals at their much-loved establishments.
We've been working with industry to ensure they can get back to business as quickly and safely as possible.Read more
The Hon. C.L. WINGARD (Gibson—Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services, Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing) (15:18): I rise to speak about my community outreach program and how residents in my electorate have responded to the pandemic that we are facing. We know that everyone has felt the impact of COVID-19 in some way, great or small. We know that many upcoming and thriving businesses were forced to close and may still be closed. We know that people have lost their jobs overnight and we know that many residents in our community have been living a completely unfamiliar life.
To deal with self-isolation and social distancing and to shirk away from physical contact goes against human nature. We all crave social interaction. With that in mind, the team in my office has been doing an outstanding job diligently phoning residents in the community as part of our community outreach program over the past few months. This was a fantastic way to look out for residents and check on their welfare in the community, especially the welfare of the elderly and vulnerable.Read more