Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:00): My question is to the Minister for Climate, Environment and Water. Has the minister advocated to the commonwealth government on behalf of farmers and landowners to urgently expedite the release of funds to assist with ongoing flood recovery works, in particular to restore irrigation activities?
The Hon. S.E. CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Deputy Premier, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Minister for Defence and Space Industries, Minister for Climate, Environment and Water) (15:01): The parliament will be aware that the government is contemplating a report that was undertaken under the leadership of DPC as the recovery agency but with the engagement, of course, of the Department for Environment and Water and also Primary Industries, South Australia, to look at the immediate levee repairs that have been occurring, but also then the subsequent levee repairs to determine, first of all, to what extent to bring it up to 1974 levels, or other agreed levels, and also to agree on the ownership of those levees.
As part of addressing the options that have been presented through that report, there is engagement with the commonwealth in determining whether that might be one of the sources of funding that's available.