Investment to improve regional road conditions

The State Liberals have welcomed the reintroduction of the $40 million supplementary local road funding program in the 2017-18 Federal Budget.

The $40 million program was reintroduced this week after extensive lobbying from State and Federal Liberal MPs who opposed the program being cut in the 2014-15 Federal Budget.

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Four new trade offices set to assist Hammond exporters

Exporters in the Hammond electorate will benefit from four new overseas trade offices in key markets if the State Liberals are elected in March 2018.

The State Liberals have committed $12.8 million in funding over four years to open new trade offices in Japan, Malaysia, Dubai and the United States to improve South Australia’s export performance.

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ESCOSA Review – 5 years late

Shadow Agricultural spokesperson, Adrian Pederick is pleased authority has been provided to ESCOSA to review supply chain costs, however, why has this taken the Weatherill Labor Government five (5) years to action.

“I was heavily involved in the Select Committee on the Grain Handling Industry and the committee handed their final report to the Parliament in 2012, one of the recommendations from the reported included:

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Regional ratepayers zapped by electricity bill shock

Regional ratepayers will be feeling the sting of the Weatherill Government’s disastrous energy policies after the Local Government Association (LGA) warned councils will pay 30-50 per cent more for electricity in 2017.

Like any business of scale, local government isn’t immune to electricity price cost pressures and two new energy (electricity) supply contracts negotiated by LGA Procurement on behalf of councils will see costs increase by 30-50 per cent in 2017. These escalating costs will put pressure on council rates. (LGA: State Budget Submission 2017-18, p. 33)

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Going grassroots: a conversation about NRM

Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick is encouraging people in Hammond to get behind the Liberal Party’s statewide consultation on the future of natural resource management in South Australia.

“Our online survey, launched today, aims to gauge community satisfaction with the state’s eight Natural Resource Management Boards with topics including regional boundaries, board membership and the methods used to raise levies being consulted on.

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ACCC decision on joint electricity purchasing group

Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick, has welcomed the draft determination of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) regarding SACOME’s joint electricity purchasing group, which included major industry stakeholders in the Hammond Electorate.

“I submitted a letter to the ACCC in support of SACOME’s joint electricity purchasing group, as I can see the benefits it will provide the involved businesses,” said Mr Pederick.

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Time to turn around regional population drain

The Hammond Electorate has suffered a population drain impacting on the local economy, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics.

In the 12 months, between 2015 and 2016, the Murray Mallee lost 131 people, raising concerns about the impact of high unemployment and challenges in providing career opportunities for youth in the region.

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Drug treatment to help regional addicts iced

As the communities in Hammond face significant challenges in the battle against drugs, the Weatherill Government this week blocked legislation that would have allowed parents, police and child protection officers to apply to a court for mandatory treatment orders for a child addicted to illicit drugs.

The Controlled Substances (Youth Treatment Orders) Amendment Bill would have led to the establishment of a vital facility for the treatment of young people struggling with drug addiction.

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Peace of mind for shack owners in Hammond

The State Liberals have introduced legislation to give lasting peace of mind to shack owners across the Hammond electorate.

If passed, the legislation will allow lessees of ‘life-lease’ shack sites to enter into permanent arrangements, fulfilling the State Liberal’s longstanding commitment to allowing South Australian shack owners to enjoy their properties for generations to come.

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Road Standard of Mallee/Dukes Highways

Adrian Pederick, Member for Hammond last week questioned the Minister for Transport on sections of the Mallee and Dukes Highways, which extend alongside the Tailem Bend Motorsport Park development.

“During the biggest harvest we have had in South Australia, the Department of Transport reconfigured intersections of the Tailem Bend Motorsport Park with the Mallee and Dukes Highways,” said Mr Pederick.

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