South Australia

SA Government announces $20m for 120 affordable homes

THE South Australian Government last week said that more than 120 new affordable homes will be built through a $20 million package that aims to stimulate the building industry and provide affordable homes for some of South Australia's most vulnerable citizens.

Social Housing Minister Tony Piccolo announced that nine community housing providers would share in the $20 million in funding to deliver a total of 128 new affordable homes in both metropolitan and regional areas.

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Hindley Street transformation underway

ADELAIDE City Council has announced that work is about to commence on the $4 million transformation of the western end of Hindley Street, which aims to renew and refresh the street between Liverpool and Register streets and provide an attractive, pedestrian-focused place for students and the public.

Announced in 2012 and funded with $1 million from the Federal Government under the Liveable Cities Program, and a further $1 million each from the State Government, Adelaide City Council and the University of South Australia, the project is being delivered by Fulton Hogan and gets underway this week.

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SA Government calls for EOIs to develop Courts precinct

THE South Australian Government last week called for Expressions of Interest from private sector developers to help to transform the Supreme Court precinct in Victoria Square into a vibrant legal and commercial precinct.

Attorney-General John Rau said Adelaide's higher courts facilities are in dire need of upgrading, with an analysis finding that the court facilities in the Sir Samuel Way and Supreme Court buildings are nearing the end of their useful life.

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SA Government approves Two Wells Residential DPA

SOUTH Australian Planning Minister John Rau last week announced approval of Mallala Council's Two Wells Residential Development Plan Amendment (DPA), paving the way for the development of the township, including future housing, retail and infrastructure.

Mr Rau said the 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide identifies Two Wells as a future township growth area. The approved DPA will support the development of up to 3,400 new dwellings and an additional 9,700 residents in Two Wells over the next 20-30 years.

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Consultation begins on Adelaide's Riverbank precinct rezoning

A KEY element of Adelaide's Riverbank precinct will be rezoned to allow entertainment venues to be built along the River Torrens and give the go-ahead to other major developments, the South Australian Government said last week.

The Riverbank Health and Entertainment Areas Development Plan Amendment (DPA), which has been placed on public exhibition, would apply to areas adjacent to the River Torrens, between the Adelaide Festival Plaza through to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital site and along North Terrace.

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SA Government invites tenders for Clovelly Park park-and-ride facility

THE South Australian Government last week invited tenders for the construction of the 600-space Clovelly Park park-and-ride facility, which is expected to be completed by December and forms part of the government's upgrade of the Tonsley rail line.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the park-and-ride facility is an outstanding example of the type of modern public infrastructure that will be funded by the transport development levy, which was announced late last year but will not come into effect until January 2014.

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SA Government launches Greater Riverbank Implementation Plan

ADELAIDE'S Riverbank will become a great park and cultural precinct as part of a long-term vision that puts the Torrens at the heart of a vibrant city, the South Australian Government said last week, following the launch of the Greater Riverbank Implementation Plan.

Premier Jay Weatherill said years of separate planning and design concepts are being brought together into a precinct that stretches from Bowden to Gilberton to provide for a coherent vision for the four big areas of investment – a revamped Bonython Park, bio-medical precinct, entertainment precinct and the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site.

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Adelaide City Council approves 2013-14 Business Plan and Budget

ADELAIDE City Council last week announced that it has signed off on its 2013-14 Business Plan and Budget, which sets out the city's key projects, services and initiatives for the financial year ahead.

As part of the Budget, existing residential property owners will receive an average 1.4 per cent reduction in rates and existing non-residential property owners will receive an average 2.2 per cent reduction.

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Construction begins on Adelaide's new St Clair Station

THE South Australian Government last week announced that work has now commenced on a new rail station to service the needs of St Clair and the nearby community, as part of the government's investment in the Outer Harbor rail line.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the investment includes a new elevated station at West Croydon and a shared pedestrian and cycle path along the rail corridor that will link Le Fevre Peninsula and Port Adelaide to the city.

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SA Government calls for feedback on future transport needs

THE South Australian Government last week called on the community to provide feedback to help inform the development of an integrated transport plan, which Planning Minister John Rau said should reflect the requirements of all citizens.

Earlier this year, the government announced that it had secured $2 million of Federal funding to develop an Integrated Transport and Land Use Strategy for South Australia, which aims to provide a future vision of land use and transport across the state.

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Two-year trial of new Adelaide Carpool scheme launched

THE South Australian Government and Adelaide City Council last week announced a two-year trial of a new 'Adelaide Carpool' initiative for the CBD that aims to help reduce road congestion and pollution and provide a practical way for people to share transport costs.

Adelaide City Council Acting Lord Mayor Michael Llewellyn-Smith said that despite being well-served by public transport, a significant proportion of commuters drive into the Adelaide CBD, with many of these being single occupants.

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Coordinator General to fast-track housing industry stimulus in SA

THE South Australian Government will appoint a Coordinator General to oversee its $220 million Affordable Housing Stimulus Package for the next 18 months.

The Coordinator General will fast-track developmental and planning approval of 16 housing projects totalling over 900 new dwellings across the state, most of which are aimed to be completed by December next year.

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Klemzig O-Bahn Interchange park-and-ride opens

SOUTH Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Tom Koutsantonis said a park-and-ride facility with more than 230 additional car spaces has been completed at the upgraded Klemzig O-Bahn Interchange.

The $1.8 million upgrade of the Klemzig Interchange, which also includes additional bicycle storage, drought tolerant landscaping and new lighting and CCTV cameras, forms part of the government's $17.1 million commitment to improving interchange facilities along the O-Bahn.

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