Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (12:18): It is with great pleasure that I rise to speak to the Address in Reply. I have been fortunate to have been elected five times to this place. Cognisant of new members and their initial speeches, I will make sure I do my best to work around those time frames.
It has been a real privilege and, I guess, the biggest privilege. Sadly, I have only had one of those terms in government—I served three terms in opposition, and some of my friends served four terms—but it was pleasing to have that opportunity, even if only for too short a time, to help run this state.
Notwithstanding what happened at the recent election, I am very proud of what the Marshall Liberal government achieved right across the state and right across regional areas, and certainly in my seat of Hammond. A massive uplift of $17.9 billion was allocated for infrastructure, and there has been a massive spend on schools, roads and health right across the state. I am very proud of what we did in those four years, and there is still work ongoing right across the state from commitments that we made that will go on for quite some time—into the years, in fact—especially when you look at the South Road modernisation and the tunnelling that has to be done there.
I want to reflect on some of the money that was spent, some of the investments that were made across parts of my electorate. Obviously, things change as time goes on. We have redistributions all the time. In fact, at the moment, it is the first time I have been redistributed outside of my electorate. I live 50 kilometres from the Murray Bridge council boundary between Murray Bridge and Coorong council at my farm at Coomandook but, be that as it may, it is a bit hard to just uplift to 1,200 acres.
I would like to acknowledge some of the funding that we put into the electorate of Hammond in those four years, including $20,000 for the Milang butter factory facade restoration. That went alongside a lot of federal money that came in as well. I must admit that people come to me and say, 'We need to get a grant, we need to do this,' and I say, 'Well, you need to talk to Karen down at Milang because she knows how to write a grant application because she knows how to get money.'
The Hon. K.A. Hildyard: She does; she's excellent.
Mr PEDERICK: Absolutely. That is a great restoration happening down there. We invested in a couple of wineries, including Bremerton Wines ($400,000) and Lake Breeze Wines at Langhorne Creek. Langhorne Creek is often the forgotten wine sector in the state, but as soon as people go there they remember it and always come back. It is a beautiful area. Both wineries have done some magnificent upgrades. I think about a million dollars odd was spent at Bremerton, and close to $2 million was spent at Lake Breeze with their wine barrel room. They did a magnificent build there.
There was a $3 million upgrade to the Eastern Fleurieu school at Langhorne Creek. This will be ongoing, with near-new transportable rooms put in as classrooms to update the rooms. When you visit the primary school children there, you could put a pencil on one corner of a desk and it would just roll down the desk because the stumps of the room have sunk into the ground. So they are having a massive change there with buildings replaced, which is going to be great.
The Callington Recreation Community Centre received $197,500 for a build at the Callington Oval. It is a great community centre encompassing a clubroom-style atmosphere for the football and cricket that is played there, and obviously for the Callington Show. It has bar facilities and meeting rooms, and a great kitchen. Alongside the member for Barker, Tony Pasin, former premier Steven Marshall put $4.55 million into the $16.8 million new visitor Monarto Safari Park Visitor Centre, built on Monarto Road. It is a fantastic design and the architects did a great job. I know that builders do not like building around circles, because everything is square usually, but they did a magnificent job of incorporating in a circular style the architecture of the new visitor centre and kept it on time and on budget.
The Old Murray Bridge upgrade has just begun in the last couple of weeks, with $36 million to refit pylon work, drainage works, light works—a whole range of works—to make sure that bridge serves us for decades to come.
With the Thomas Foods infrastructure, which is very vital to the community, we put $14 million into community infrastructure, alongside $10 million of federal funding for road infrastructure, for power infrastructure, gas infrastructure and water infrastructure. I know that the 2.2 kilometres of road that is the public road that leads off the Murray Bridge-Mannum Road and the road train access that was built on that road cost $14 million in itself. I am very proud of that: for those 2,000 jobs that are coming, alongside the 4½ thousand jobs behind that, and the many, many hundreds of millions of dollars that Darren Thomas and his team are investing in our area. It is so pleasing to see.
We have invested another $7.5 million into facilities at the Gifford Hill Racecourse, Murray Bridge. There is going to be an equine swimming pool and a private vet clinic built there and we have done some upgrades of the tracks with the inside running track. Murray Bridge is becoming a real centre in the country. Anyone who visits the racecourse really gets a good look. New training stalls are going in. A South African trainer is coming in; he is going to have 80 stalls there after they have got through all the kerfuffle with planning laws, as you do. Everyone blames each other: the councils blame the state government, whichever colour they are at the time, and the government—well, as the local member I get frustrated with some of the planning decisions that come out of councils, but that would be an endless conversation. However, they are finally building these training stalls.
One I am really proud of is one I campaigned with for four years: the Murray Bridge Soldiers Memorial Hospital emergency department upgrade, which was $7 million. While that was going on, there was $3 million spent on the operating theatre upgrade. It is a great uplift in emergency consultation. I sympathise with the story that the member for Adelaide told about having basically a fabric screen between patients, and that was the emergency department in the old days. It was quite dangerous, in fact. There are now many separate rooms, making it a lot safer for staff and an excellent place for patients if they do need that vital health care.
We invested $20 million in the Murray Bridge High School. I know members on the other side were in Murray Bridge the other day. Of the $20 million, I think $12 million was spent on new school facilities and the high school bringing year seven into high school. It has magnificent rooms and a magnificent approach to learning. We spent $5 million upgrading the Murray Bridge North Primary School opposite my office. We put $360,000 into the Murray Bridge Regional Rowing Centre, alongside about $500,000 of federal money, and the local council put in about $1.7 million. We put $1 million into the Murray Bridge swimming pool upgrade.
We were also funding a greater Adelaide freight bypass planning study for $5 million. Certainly, freight and where it goes is a much-discussed issue, but we do have to remember that the South Eastern Freeway is a freight route. At Truro, everything above a B-double literally has to go up the Sturt Road bypass for heavy vehicles. I know there are thousands of tons of freight that are going around the top road, as I call it, through Mannum, Sedan and the Halfway House corner to go up that road. I acknowledge the $200 million that has been set aside by both federal and state governments to work on the Truro bypass. Anything above a B-double—B-triples, B-quads, AB-doubles and road trains—has to go that way because they will not let them come down the hill.
The Murray Bridge South-East links business case, which includes the duplication of Swanport Bridge, was $5 million. I will take note of the current government to see if that planning still goes ahead, because that is vitally needed. We put $2½ million into the Jervois Plant upgrade at Beston Foods to assist with their lactoferrin plant which is great value-adding for that works. Tailem Bend netball courts: $99,350. I am going to have to push through this a bit out of respect for the next speaker. We also funded:
the Tailem Bend new CFS station, $1.061 million;
the Karoonda Swimming Pool, $1.6 million, and I could do a 30 minute speech just on how we got that, but I do not have time today;
the Karoonda Districts Football Club upgrade, $258,000, and it was great to see my boys have a win there the other day;
the Lameroo Swimming Pool regeneration, $850,000;
Zerella Fresh and the Pye family at Parilla, $2 million for a new packing facility to be included in a $40 million to $50 million plant;
the Browns Well Highway and the Ngarkat Highway upgrade, which I am really proud of, bringing them up to 110 km/h between Loxton and Bordertown, $42 million;
the Kalimna Hostel, Strathalbyn, redevelopment, $3 million, and I will be watching closely what the new government does with the allocated $3 million;
the Strathalbyn and District Aged Care Facility upgrade, which was 36 beds, 24 of them being memory beds, $16 million. It is fantastic from all reports. I have not had the opportunity to go there;
the Mannum Community College's new STEM building, CAD lab and senior school upgrade, $3.9 million;
the Eastern Fleurieu School Strathalbyn Campus upgrade, $1.8 million;
the Mid Murray Murraylands Road upgrade, $1.5 million;
the Coorong District Council high-risk intersection upgrades, $900,000;
the Murray Bridge Basketball Stadium, $1.5 million;
the Swanport Road recycled water pipeline project, $540,000;
the Knights Well Road upgrade project, $300,000;
construction of a tennis court at the Borrika Tennis Club, $25,200;
construction of a multiuse clubroom at Purnong Road, Caurnamont, for the South Australian Barefoot Waterski Club, $17,900;
assistance in building the new drag strip at Tailem Bend, $2 million;
the Bowhill township power upgrade and other facility work, $347,000;
the Karoonda Business Park, $125,000;
the Big 4 Caravan Park at The Bend, $500,000;
the Tailem Bend Netball Club, $99,000;
the Mannum Harbour tourist grant, $105,000;
Murraylands Multisport, $200,000;
Sporting Shooters at Tungkillo, $171,000;
the Imperial Football Club, $49,750;
the new Strathalbyn SES station, which is being built, $2 million;
the Strathalbyn Ambulance Station, which is currently being built, just off $4 million;
the Kanmantoo Copper Mine, $2 million;
the Pinnaroo Electric vehicle charging station (wow!), $1.3 million;
the Mallee Community Playground trial project, $648,000; and
the on-farm emergency water infrastructure rebate scheme, $449,917.
The total in just that list—and a few were missed—is more than $214 million. In the interests of time, and acknowledging that there is another speech about to be made, I just want to acknowledge everyone who worked on my campaign to get me here: my campaign team, my volunteers, my supporters and my family. Thank you.
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