27 September 2023

SA News in Brief

Start the conversation

Youth Action Plan open

The Department of Human Services has invited all young people living in South Australia aged 12 to 25 and organisations with a focus on young people, to join in a public consultation for SA’s next ‘Youth Action Plan’.

The consultation asks readers to consider the potential actions, propose other actions or raise any other issues thought important for young South Australians.

The YourSAy will last until 6 August.

The 28-page Consultation Paper can be found at this PS News link.

Coorong comments invited

The Department for Environment and Water (DEW) is seeking public feedback on the draft Coorong Restoration Roadmap to guide how it implements a strategic restoration of the Coorong.

The Roadmap presents how the Healthy Coorong, Healthy Basin program is using scientific key findings and partners with scientists, communities and First Nations to implement a strategic restoration program for the Coorong.

The consultation is open until 5pm, Monday 19 June 2023 (today).

Buses rerouted

Adelaide Metro has announced new bus routes for the 230 Port Adelaide Interchange to City and 232 Port Adelaide Interchange to City across the network following both the City of Port Adelaide Enfield and City of Charles Sturt.

The Agency said it combined with the community and public transport users to determine the best overall outcome for the modifications with the changes expected to come into effect and operating from Monday, 24 July 2023.

The new routes will see bus route 230 modified to operate via Torrens Road, Days Road and Regency Road and route 232 route modified to support the local community, with shorter walking distances to services, operating via Torrens Road, Harrison Road, Pym Street, Oldsmobile Terrace, Stacey Street, Pedder Crescent and Regency Road.

Civil work is to be done through June and July to prepare for the changes with Adelaide Metro consulting with local residents and property owners across the locations on specific bus stop locations.

More information about the 230 and 232 timetables can be accessed at this PS News link and the new route map at this link.

National parks program

The National Parks and Protected Area Program at the Department for Environment and Water has called for public feedback on the Parks of the Central Fleurieu Peninsula Draft Management Plan.

The draft management plans set the future for conservation in Hindmarsh Valley National Park and Bullock Hill, Cox Scrub, Finniss, Gum Tree Gully, Hesperilla, Kyeema, Mount Billy, Mount Magnificent, Myponga, Nixon-Skinner, Scott, Spring Mount, Stipiturus and Yulte.

Feedback can be made by filling in a survey at this PS News link or emailing a submission to the same link.

Workers compensation fixed

The Board of Return To WorkSA has fixed the average premium rate for South Australia’s workers compensation scheme at 1.85% for the coming financial year – an increase of 0.05% compared to the previous year.

This is the Board’s first premium rate decision since the Return to Work (Scheme Sustainability) Amendment Act 2022 was passed in July last year.

Hospital to open soon

Residents in Mount Barker and the Adelaide Hills are to have access to improved emergency care as the hospital’s new, bigger and better emergency department opens its doors on 7 June.

The new ED which has 17 treatment bays – 12 more than the old ED – is to open at the Mount Barker District Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.

The new hospital will go from 34 to 102 beds to help meet the needs of an expanding local population.

Fake mySAGOV warning

Service SA is warning South Australians that an email requesting that customers update their mySAGOV account is in circulation and it is not legitimate.

Service SA said it did not send the request despite it looks like a legitimate email.

It said that if anyone receives an email from Service SA and they were not expecting a part of a transaction to delete it immediately and not respond or click any links.

Upgrades for wastewater

SA Water has announced that work is underway at Port Lincoln’s Wastewater Treatment plant as part of the utility’s $400,000 investment to enhance sewage treatment.

According to SA Water, floating aerators in the treatment basins will be rehabilitated, improving the process that breaks down nutrients in sewage.

It said the floating aerators distribute a constant oxygen supply to help microorganisms remove the nutrients.

SA Centres open Saturdays

Service SA centres at Elizabeth, Marion, Modbury, Prospect and Seaford Meadows are now open every Saturday.

Service SA said the broader opening hours would offer greater convenience for customers to access the services they need outside of typical business hours.

It said the opening of select Service SA centres six days a week delivers on an election commitment to make accessing important services and information simpler for more South Australians.

Hot new helmets for Firefighters

South Australia’s firefighters have new helmets for South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) and Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) firefighters.

The new structural firefighting helmets will complement the firefighters’ multipurpose (wildland and rescue) while MFS firefighters will receive two brand new helmets; one structural and the other, multipurpose (wildland and rescue).

The new helmets replace the single structure fire helmet MFS firefighters historically used.

Start the conversation

Be among the first to get all the Public Sector and Defence news and views that matter.

Subscribe now and receive the latest news, delivered free to your inbox.

By submitting your email address you are agreeing to Region Group's terms and conditions and privacy policy.