The Marshall Liberal Government has handed down the 2019/20 State Budget. The budget has many measures that will be implemented in the Electorate of Adelaide and will assist my constituents.
With Premier Steven Marshall going through the State Budget 2019/20
Metropolitan Transport Projects
A project I have been advocating for since becoming the Member for Adelaide, I am pleased to see that the Marshall Liberal Government will be matching the Federal Government contribution of $9.5 million to the upgrade of Scotty's Corner (intersection of Main North Rd and Nottage Tce). Many constituents have raised the issue of Scotty's Corner and I am glad to see that after many years of inaction, it will be upgraded. The upgrade will improve the efficiency of Main North Rd and Nottage Tce and will reduce travel time during peak periods.
In addition to Scotty's Corner, the Marshall Liberal Government is matching the $115.5 million contribution made by the Federal Government to the grade separation of the Torrens Road, Ovingham level crossing. This will improve road safety for both pedestrians and drivers and improve the traffic flow in the area. The Gawler Rail Line is also being electrified, with $615 million being provided to undertake the works on the whole of the line.
Education - Adelaide High School
The Marshall Liberal Government has provided $18 million for Adelaide High School to increase places to 1,800. This will allow for Year 7 to transition into Adelaide High School.
Education - High Speed Internet
The government has commenced a $80 million investment into delivering high-speed internet to schools around the State. By mid-2020 the project will deliver speeds of up to and beyond 1GB.
Adelaide City Deal
As part of the Adelaide City Deal signed with the Federal Government and the City of Adelaide, the Marshall Liberal Government has pledged an additional $500,000 to the development of the Aboriginal Art and Cultures Gallery at Lot Fourteen.
Women's and Children's Hospital
$550 million will be provisioned to commence the construction of the new Women's and Children's Hospital. An estimated completion date is currently between 2025-26.
The Marshall Liberal Government will be providing $588,000 over two years to developing a Defence Landing Pad at Lot Fourteen. This landing pad will attract international defence companies into South Australia, increasing supply chain collaboration and growth in the state's defence and space sectors.
In addition, the International Centre for Food, Hospitality and Tourism Studies is another step closer with $30 million in funding added on top of the current funding allocated in the forward estimates. The centre will be housed at Lot Fourteen.
The State Government will also be investing $350,000 per year for 3 years to implement a new governance arrangement for the Lot Fourteen development.
An additional $1.25 million per annum will be provided over three years to the Adelaide Festival by the Marshall Liberal Government. This will maintain the Festival's ability to attract major performances and events.
National Wine Centre
$14.1 million over 10 years will be provided to maintain the National Wine Centre.
Adelaide Railway Station
Restoration of the facade of the Adelaide Railway Station will be given $2.7 million. This will ensure the face remains safe but will preserve it for the future.
Memorial Drive Development
$10 million has been provided to Tennis SA by the Marshall Liberal Government to help deliver the upgrade to the Memorial Drive centre court precinct. This will allow for a combined ATP and WTA tennis tournament to be held in January 2020 at the venue.
Housing Stimulus Package
A new time-limited interest-free deposit gap loan of up to $10,000 for five years will be available through HomeStart Finance for low-income borrowers to help cover upfront 'costs' of buying a home, such as deposit, fees and charges. It is anticipated that this scheme will help over 200 buyers for over the next 2 years.
Lower Costs for Families
The State Government is continuing to provide Emergency Services Levy tax cuts to all households, providing savings of $163 per household per year.
Compulsory Third Party Insurance savings will begin from July 1, with costs to run a car significantly reduced.
For around 170,000 eligible households, up to $585 can be saved through the South Australian Energy Concession scheme (Find out more here).
Sports vouchers for primary school students have been increased to $100 per child. (Find eligible clubs in the Adelaide electorate here).
Open Space Grant Funding
Funding will be given to the City of Prospect to upgrade the Yarnta Tutu Yarta playspace at Broadview Oval and the installation of the Charles Cane Reserve/Parndo Yerta playspace on Churchill Road.
Charles Cane Reserve will get it's first playspace. This will mean that families moving into new developments along Churchill Road will have an active space for children to play. The project will install all inclusive, nature and fitness equipment in the playspace.
The Yarnta Tutu Yarta playspace will be upgraded with new play equipment and improved landscaping. In addition, park amenities will be upgraded with new seating, drinking fountains, BBQs and shelters. With lots of families moving into neighbouring suburbs of Nailsworth and Collinswood, this upgrade will mean more families can go out and enjoy nature.