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Small business support for Kangaroo Island
Small business support for Kangaroo Island

22 April 2024, 8:39 PM

A comprehensive program of events, workshops and business-building opportunities scheduled for the upcoming Small Business Week will include a full day on Kangaroo Island.  The week-long program runs from 29 April to 3 May, with in-person and online sessions that align with the six themes of the SA Small Business Strategy 2023-2030. These themes were identified by South Australian business owners as the areas where they could use the most support to achieve growth:· Strengthening business capability.· Building skills and workforce.· Navigating the digital environment.· Boosting business sustainability.· Embracing diversity.· Improving access to government services. The live events will be complemented with a suite of online resources to allow all business owners access to the information they need, when they need it. Published throughout the week, these helpful resources will remain accessible to small businesses via the Resource Centre on the Office for Small and Family Business website.  The Kangaroo Island event will be held on Monday 29 April at the KI Business Hub in Kingscote, from 9.30am to 3pm. Its focus will be strengthening business capability, building skills and workforce.The program has been specifically created to provide local small and family businesses with relevant insights and support to address current challenges and opportunities.Business owners can join the event for all three sessions, or pick and choose what’s most relevant to them.Details of the full Small Business Week program and how to register are available on the Business SA website. The KI Business Hub will also host and evening workshop on Monday 29 April on Demystifying Migration.Regional Development Australia is supporting Department of Home Affairs and Department for Industry, Innovation and Science to deliver a practical discussion exploring the role of skilled migration in addressing workforce shortages. It will run from 6pm to 7pm; book a place via Eventbrite.   

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Have a say on Coorong and Lakes plan
Have a say on Coorong and Lakes plan

21 April 2024, 8:51 PM

The state government has invited public  feedback on its draft Ramsar Management Plan for the Coorong and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert Wetland.The draft plan provides a framework to protect and maintain the ecological character of the Coorong and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert Wetland.This is critical for the environment, First Nations, local communities and economies, the overall health of the Murray-Darling Basin and the success of the Basin Plan. The Coorong is one of South Australia’s most iconic natural assets and is recognised as a ‘Wetland of International Importance’ under the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar 1971).The Coorong and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert Wetland Ramsar site provides significant environmental values that underpin the recreational and economic benefits of the region, such as tourism and commercial fishing.The site is of great cultural importance to the Ngarrindjeri and First Nations of the South East as their spiritual, social, cultural, and economic practices come from the region's lands and waters.Since the original Ramsar Management Plan was developed in 2000, there has been significant progress in both environmental management practices and scientific investigations of the site. The revised draft plan incorporates takes account of this, along with the experiences, knowledge and learnings from the Millennium Drought.All feedback will be considered when finalising the draft Ramsar Management Plan, which will be released later this year.Consultation closes 24 May; full details and a survey can be found on the state Your Say website.

McLaren Vale Road Closures for Sunday April 21
McLaren Vale Road Closures for Sunday April 21

20 April 2024, 10:27 PM

McLaren Vale road closures are in place today for the Richard Hamilton McLaren Vale MarathonMore information: https://mclarenvalemarathon.com.au/traffic/Detour Map Main RoadMcMurtrie Road to Branson Road   6:00 am – 1:30 pm   Road ClosedNorthbound detour via Malpas Road, Main South Road & Tatachilla Road;  via Malpas Road, California Road & Tatachilla Road; or via Branson Road, Gilbert Road & Johnston RoadSouthbound detour via Tatachilla Road, California Road & Malpas Road; via Tatachilla Road, Main South Road & Malpas Road;  via Johnston Road, Gilbert Road & Branson Road; or via Kangarilla Road, Oakley Road, McMurtrie Road, Strout Road & Binney Road.Rifle Range RoadMain Road to Strout Road 6:30 am – 11:00 am Road ClosedLocal access to properties on Rifle Range Road from Strout road will be managed by a traffic controller during the event. Binney RoadShiraz Trail to Strout Road 6:30 am – 11:00 am  Road closed to eastbound traffic. Detour via Main Road, Gaffney Road & Edwards Road.Road open to westbound traffic under reduced speed restriction.  Please show extreme caution if accessing properties on north side of Binney Road – runners have right of way on closed carriageway.Strout RoadBinney Road to McMurtrie Road6:30 am – 11:30 am  Road closed to northbound traffic. Detour via Malpas Road, Main South Road & Tatachilla Road;  via Malpas Road, California Road & Tatachilla Road; or via Branson Road, Gilbert Road & Johnston Road. Road open to southbound traffic under reduced speed restriction. Please show extreme caution if accessing properties on west side of Strout Road – runners have right of way on closed carriageway.McMurtrie RoadStrout Road to Shiraz Trail7:00 am – 10:00 am Road closed to westbound traffic.Road open to eastbound traffic under reduced speed restriction from Strout Road.  Please show extreme caution if accessing properties on southside of McMurtrie Road – runners have right of way on closed carriageway. McMurtrie RoadStrout Road to Oakley Road  7:00 am – 11:45 am   Road closed to eastbound traffic. Detour via Main Road, Kangarilla Road & Oakley Road.Road open to westbound traffic under reduced speed restriction from Oakley Road.  Please show extreme caution if accessing properties on north side of McMurtrie Road – runners have right of way on closed carriageway.  McMurtrie Road closed at Strout Road – vehicles must turn left into Strout Road. Oakley RoadMcMurtrie Road to Sand Road7:00 am – 12:00 pm Road closed to northbound traffic. Detour via McMurtrie Road, Strout Road, Binney Road, Malpas Road, California Road, Tatachilla Road & Kangarilla Road.Road open to southbound traffic under reduced speed restriction. Please show extreme caution if accessing properties on west side of Oakley Road – runners have right of way on closed carriageway.Sand RoadOakley Road to Hunt Road7:00 am – 12:00 pmRoad closed. Local access to De Lisio Wines & the Vine Shed from the west will be managed by traffic controllers.   Hunt RoadSand Road to Conte Drive7:15 am – 12:15 pm  Road closed, except for local access. 10 km/h speed restriction with runners keeping to left of road.  Hunt RoadConte Drive to Kangarilla Road7:15 am – 12:15 pm Half road closure – runners on western carriageway. Local access between Kangarilla Road and Conte Drive will be managed by traffic controllers. Kangarilla Road, McLaren FlatCrossing @ Hunt Road / Blewitt Springs Road7:45 am – 11:45 am  Runners crossing Kangarilla Road from Hunt Road to Blewitt Springs Road, managed by traffic controllers. Delays expected.  Chalk Hill RoadBlewitt Springs Road to Foggo Road7:45 am – 12:00 pm Road closed, except for local access. 10 km/h speed restriction with runners keeping to left of road. Foggo RoadCrossing @ Shiraz Trail7:45 am – 12:00 pmRunners crossing Foggo Road at the McLaren Flat to McLaren Vale shared use path, managed by traffic controllers.Kangarilla Road, McLaren ValeCrossing @ Shiraz Trail8:00 am – 12:30 pm  Runners crossing Kangarilla Road at Shiraz Trail, managed by traffic controllers. Delays expected.  McMurtrie RoadCrossing @ Shiraz Trail8:00 am – 12:30 pmRunners crossing McMurtrie Road at Shiraz Trail, managed by traffic controllers. Delays expected.

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Slow down for amber lights
Slow down for amber lights

20 April 2024, 9:49 PM

Drivers will need to slow to 25km/h when they see the amber flashing lights of a RAA van stopped at the roadside, in a move designed to enhance safety for workers as well as stricken motorists. The state government has introduced legislation to parliament that if passed will reduce the speed limit when passing all breakdown services vehicles and tow trucks flashing amber lights. RAA workers attend more than 950 callouts a day in South Australia, with an increasing number on high-speed arterial roads where workers – as well as drivers and passengers waiting at the roadside - are particularly vulnerable. The proposed change is part of a push to protect breakdown service workers on the job as they help get motorists and their passengers safely back on the road. The new law will mean drivers must slow to 25km/h as they pass a stationary breakdown services vehicle with flashing amber lights. Failure to slow down may result in a fine and demerit points based on the level of speeding. If successfully prosecuted for the offence, a driver faces a maximum court penalty of up to $2500. The new speed limit will not apply if the stationary breakdown services vehicle is on the opposite side of the road. In the past four years there have been 20 reportable safety incidents caused by cars driving past breakdowns without due care, according to RAA data. This included five incidents in which vans were hit by a car or motorcycle, and seven where traffic cones were knocked over or dragged down the road.The legislation is an extension of the existing 25km/h speed limit in place to protect frontline volunteers and emergency services workers as they respond to incidents roadside.RAA Senior Manager Safety & Infrastructure Charles Mountain says RAA welcomes any measure to keep the vulnerable members and patrols safe at the roadside.“Almost every South Australian motorist would have a story about when they were rescued at the roadside by an RAA patrol,” Mr Mountain says.“We’ve seen dozens of near misses and our patrol vans have been hit five times over the last few years so it’s only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed.“This is not just about keeping our patrols safe, but also our 820,000 members and the rest of the South Australian community who might need a tow or other assistance.“Our patrols are often helping some of the most vulnerable South Australians on our busiest and most dangerous roads.“When you see the amber flashing lights of a breakdown service vehicle attending to someone’s car, please check your surroundings and safely reduce your speed – so we can all get home safely.”Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Tom Koutsantonis says the new law is acommonsense measure that protects the people who help when car troubles strike. “A vehicle breakdown is not only inconvenient, it can also create an unsafe situation for the driver and their passengers, as well as the professionals who come to help. “While roadside workers do what they can to make the breakdown safe site and keep everyone at a safe distance, inattentive driving - and going past too fast - can have dire consequences for all. “When you see an RAA patrol van flashing amber lights and traffic cones at the roadside, please slow down and adhere to the reduced speed limit. “Workers might be out of sight, underneath the vehicle working on a repair or changing a tyre - and there may also be small children nearby waiting with their family to get back on the road.“Pay attention, slow down and stick to the limit to keep everyone safe."If passed by parliament the legislation is expected to come into effect later this year. 

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RSPCA's pets Boof and Clive are searching for homes
RSPCA's pets Boof and Clive are searching for homes

19 April 2024, 7:30 AM

Meet our lovable Pets of the Week. They are looking for their forever homes thanks to the RSPCA Lonsdale Shelter.Boof and Clive are this week’s friendly Pets of the Week. These loving animals are waiting to find their perfect family. If you think that could be you, read more about them below.Dog of the Week – BoofMeet Boof (AID 188356) - a beautiful boy on the inside and out.Boof has been living at RSPCA South Australia’s Lonsdale shelter while he waits to find his happily ever after.At only seven months old, he is full of beans and excitement, and he’s ready to find a loving family that he can enjoy his life adventures with.A smart and social boy with an eagerness to learn, he would benefit from some force-free dog training classes.Could you open your heart and home to a delightful dog like Boof?This sweet boy is open to living with another dog-resident, but please bring your dog in to meet him first.  Read more about Boof and learn how to adopt him.Young playful Boof. Photo: RSPCA Lonsdale.Cat of the Week – CliveThis gorgeous boy is Clive (AID 188437) and he’s been living at RSPCA South Australia’s Lonsdale shelter for the past month after he was found as a stray. Two-year-old Clive is a curious cat and is skilled at keeping an eye on everything – he would make the purrfect neighbourhood watch cat. An active boy, he enjoys having fun and playing with enrichment toys. Clive is super affectionate boy and loves attention – you’ll know when you’ve built a bond with him as he’ll rub against you and start to drool when he’s feeling happy. Clive would make the most loving family member and is open to sharing his furever home with another fur-resident.  Find out more about Clive and how to adopt him.Fun and playful Clive. Photo: RSPCA Lonsdale.Visit the RSPCA Lonsdale Shelter and add a new companion to your life – you won’t regret it.The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) South Australia is the state’s oldest and largest animal welfare charity.

Budget repair plans for Onk
Budget repair plans for Onk

18 April 2024, 9:05 PM

Ratepayers in the City of Onkaparinga face a 6.8 per cent increase for the next financial year in the council’s proposed business plan and budget.The plan also includes cost cutting and a pause on grants in an effort to bring the budget into balance.A recent report from the Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA) found the City of Onkaparinga’s financial position is potentially unsustainable.The City of Onkaparinga’s draft Annual Business Plan (ABP) and Budget 2024–25 opens for community engagement from today, Friday 19 April, until 9am on Monday 13 May.Mayor Moira Were says the focus of this year’s plan is on budget repair.“Council has operated at a deficit for seven consecutive years, and we need to act now to return to a balanced budget as soon as possible,” Mayor Were says.“The elected members, management and I are all working towards this goal, while ensuring we can continue to provide the services our communities need.“We will still deliver $158.29 million in services, programs and asset maintenance, and $73.57 million in new projects and initiatives for the community.“But, to develop the budget this year we’ve also had to make some hard decisions.“We know some of these measures will impact people in the community, but they are vital to improve our overall financial position and ensure we can continue to deliver important and valued services to the community well into the future.“This budget will also meet all key financial indicators set for the local government sector.“This means delivering a surplus in our budget, committing to adequate investment in asset renewal, and ensuring debt remains within an acceptable range.”The key measures implemented as part of the budget include: A rate increase of 6.8 per cent (noting Adelaide CPI in December 2023 was 4.8 per cent), plus rates from new properties.Managing employee costs to achieve an additional $2.48 million in savings.Managing costs within the council’s control such as contracts, materials and other expenses, which are budgeted to rise by less than SA’s current CPI of four per cent.Recovering the full-service cost of the community wastewater management scheme.Pausing the grants program for 12 months to review the way the program delivers the best value.Onkaparinga CEO Phu Nguyen says the ABP and Budget was developed with reference to the February 2024 Essential Services Commission (ESCOSA) report, which identified challenges to council’s financial sustainability.“We were already aware of the issues identified by ESCOSA and we’ve continued to actively address them in this budget,” he says.“After seven consecutive years of budgets in deficit, the measures outlined in the ABP and Budget will return the council’s financial position to surplus.“To achieve this, we had to thoroughly analyse the causes of historic budget challenges and be bold in exploring the budgetary options available.“There are economic factors that are outside of our control such as CPI and interest rates. Those things affect our ratepayers, and they also affect council’s day-to-day work, so we must factor them in.“The rising cost of living, post-pandemic recovery, inflation, existing commitments, workforce, and energy prices all needed to be considered.“I was appointed as CEO in 2023 with a mandate to achieve tangible improvements in the council’s financial position and to drive this common objective.“The ESCOSA report affirms we are pointed in the right direction and has independently confirmed our assessment of the situation,” Mr Nguyen says.Go to the council's YourSay page for full details and to provide feedback.

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Yank council resignation triggers by-election
Yank council resignation triggers by-election

17 April 2024, 9:02 PM

The District Council of Yankalilla has paid tribute to outgoing Councillor Bill Verwey, who has stepped down for personal reasons.“Throughout his tenure, he has represented Council on numerous committees, demonstrating great commitment to his role and to the community.”Mr Verwey was first elected to the council in a supplementary election for Light Ward February 2020.He was subsequently re-elected in the regular local government election in November 2022.Chief Executive Officer Nathan Cunningham has expressed his appreciation for Mr Verwey’s service.“On behalf of the District Council of Yankalilla, I sincerely thank Cr Verwey for his dedicated service to our community and I personally wish him well in tackling his next challenge.”The vacancy resulting from Cr Verwey’s resignation will trigger a supplementary election in Light Ward, which is the urban ward of the council, covering Yankalilla, Normanville and Carrickalinga. It is usually represented by five councillors and the rural ward, Field ward, is represented by four councillors.The supplementary election for the Light Ward vacancy will be held in July, with enrolment for the voters roll closing at 5pm on Tuesday 30 April.Nominations to run for council open on Thursday 23 May and will be received until 12 noon on Thursday 6 June.A candidate briefing session will be held on a date to be confirmed in late May.The election will be conducted by post, with voting packages sent out through the mail with a reply-paid envelope. to be returned no later than 12 noon on polling day, Monday 22 July.

Causeway Clydesdale dies
Causeway Clydesdale dies

17 April 2024, 2:30 AM

One of the Clydesdales that pull the horse-drawn tram over the Granite Island causeway has died.The horse, Isabella, was euthanised on Monday 15 April following complications associated with Ross River Virus.Seven of the other eight horses in the Clydesdale team have also tested positive to the virus in the past four months.The popular tourist attraction is run by the Victor Harbor Horse Tram Authority, a subsidiary of the City of Victor Harbor.Its team of Clydesdales pull the tram that carries passengers across the causeway to Granite Island, usually operating several services every day except Christmas day.In a statement the council says the tram team is devasted at the loss of the much-loved horse.“Ross River Virus is a mosquito-borne illness that is common in many regions across Australia. It can cause similar symptoms in horses as it does humans. “Isabella had tested positive for the virus several weeks ago, initially experiencing a high temperature. Over time, she also suffered loss of appetite and neurological decline. “In line with advice from vets as symptoms worsened, Isabella was transported to Mt Torrens where she was able to receive specialised, intensive veterinary care for the past three weeks. “Unfortunately, a continuing decline in her health and the discovery of colic lead to the difficult veterinary decision to euthanise Isabella and put an end to her pain.”The council says the other horses are improving in condition and expected to make a full recovery.“While recovering from the virus, these horses have not been operating the Horse Tram.”The tram has been operating on a reduced timetable while the horses have been ill and this will continue as they recover. Visit the tramway Facebook page for more information.

Help offered to grape growers
Help offered to grape growers

16 April 2024, 2:30 AM

Wine grape growers across the state who are experiencing challenges due to the current oversupply of red wine grapes will soon be able to access additional support. The Rural Business Support Relief Fund will assist by providing financial support with immediate grants to those eligible of up to $1,500 to accommodate routine costs. This will be in conjunction with business financial planning. The support aims to alleviate stress for grape growers, who have felt significant impacts owing to market disruption, severe weather events and natural disasters. A further $60,000 in funding is also being provided to Rural Business Support to increase Rural Financial Counselling Services for the wine and viticulture industry. The ethephon vineyard resting trial will also be extended to the next vintage to give growers time to make considered business decisions. By applying this growth regulating chemical, grape growers will be able to potentially save up to $2,000 per hectare in input, water, and management costs. Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Clare Scriven says the wine industry has been heavily impacted by disrupted market conditions and global over-supply.“I was delighted to see the lifting of the tariffs from China on Australian bottled wine.“The removal of tariffs has been welcomed by our grape-growers and wine industry.“The State Government is also supporting the wine and viticulture industry through a $1.85m re-engagement package that will assist the industry re-position South Australia as a market leader in China.” For more information on support for wine grape growers in South Australia visit the website.    

Hopeful signs on childcare shortage
Hopeful signs on childcare shortage

15 April 2024, 8:33 PM

Finniss MP David Basham has highlighted the childcare shortfall on the Fleurieu and offered some hope to those affected.In a Facebook post the state Opposition MP says a critical shortage of childcare is consistently raised with him across his electorate.“Childcare providers informed me there is an up to 2-year waitlist for children to attend. “With cost-of-living pressures facing families and local businesses needing workers, this is a severe pain point affecting many in our community.”Mr Basham gave details of four prospective childcare centres, three in Goolwa and one in Chiton.He says construction has started on one in Goolwa, an 80-child capacity facility on Hutchinson Street.Another in Goolwa and the Chiton facility have been granted planning approval, while the third Goolwa centre is under planning assessment.Mr Basham says that this won’t provide an immediate solution for families currently on a waitlist needing childcare but he is pleased there is some hope.“Unfortunately, this complex problem is not unique to our community but is felt in regional areas nationwide… particularly in children within the 0-2 age group. “Many factors contribute to a childcare service shortage, such as staff, location, infrastructure and regulations.”Mr Basham says his office will continue investigating opportunities to improve the situation and urges anyone with concerns to share their stories to help inform decisions. Contact the office by email or phone 8552 2152.

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