South Australia

Landmark housing development in Adelaide officially opens

A LANDMARK housing development that aims to provide South Australians with affordable home ownership, private rental and public housing as well as street-level retail outlets officially opened last week.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, Federal Housing and Homelessness Minister Mark Butler and South Australian Social Housing Minister Tony Piccolo joined together to open UNO Apartments, an award-winning 17-storey apartment building at 102 Waymouth Street, Adelaide.

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Reshuffled South Australian Cabinet announced

SOUTH Australian Premier Jay Weatherill yesterday announced his new Cabinet, which has been reduced from 15 ministers to 13 ministers and was sworn in by Governor Kevin Scarce at Government House.

The Premier has taken on the roles of Treasurer, Minister for the Public Sector and Minister for the Arts, with former Treasurer Jack Snelling taking the roles of Health and Ageing, Mental Health and Substance Abuse and retaining the portfolios of Defence Industries and Veterans' Affairs.

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Legislation to protect McLaren Vale and Barossa from sprawl now in effect

SOUTH Australia's McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley regions are now protected from urban sprawl with the enabling legislation, the Character Preservation (Barossa Valley) Act 2012 and the Character Preservation (McLaren Vale) Act 2012, coming into effect last week.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Planning John Rau said South Australians can be proud of the laws, which aim to recognise, protect and enhance the special character of the regions and ensure that future development does not detract from the special character of the regions.

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Adelaide's Bank Street laneway set to be transformed

THE South Australian Government last week announced that Bank Street, which connects North Terrace and Hindley Street, will become the next link in Adelaide's emerging laneway network.

Planning Minister John Rau said the activation of Bank Street will bring the vision of laneways linking the Riverbank precinct with the city centre a step closer.

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SA Government announces new Transport Development Levy to fund transport projects

SOUTH Australian Treasurer Jack Snelling last week announced the Government's Mid-Year Budget Review would include a new CBD parking levy to help fund transport projects such as park-and-ride facilities.

The Transport Development Levy (TDL) will see CBD car park owners charged $750 per year per car park and is expected to raise $25.7 million per year (indexed). While the TDL will not come into operation until 1 July 2014, works to begin the new park-and-ride facilities will begin immediately.

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SkyCity announces $300m transformation of Adelaide Casino

SKYCITY Entertainment Group last week announced plans to invest more than $300 million to transform Adelaide Casino into a world-class integrated entertainment complex and demonstrate the company's commitment to South Australia.

SkyCity Chief Executive Nigel Morrison said that while development concepts are still being finalised, the company is planning Adelaide's first 6 star boutique hotel, celebrity and signature restaurants, new car park facilities and world-class VIP gaming experiences.

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Contract awarded for Goodwood Rail Junction Upgrade

THIESS York Joint Venture was last week awarded the contract to construct the Goodwood underpass that will separate freight and passenger services and aims to improve safety, reduce travelling times and lift the overall productivity of the Interstate Rail Network.

The start of work of the project has been brought forward to early next year to coincide with the track upgrade of the Noarlunga line and the Adelaide Rail Yard.

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SA Government unveils vision for inner-metropolitan growth

A PARTNERSHIP between the South Australian Government and local councils for growth in the metropolitan areas surrounding Adelaide's CBD was unveiled this week.

Planning Minister John Rau said the Inner Metropolitan Growth Project is an exciting milestone in the implementation of the aims of the city's metropolitan planning strategy, 'The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide'.

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Proposed new laws to encourage thriving small venues in Adelaide

THE South Australian Government last week introduced the Liquor Licensing (Small Venue Licence) Amendment Bill 2012 to Parliament, which amends the Liquor Licensing Act in order to encourage a small venue culture in Adelaide.

The Bill provides for a new category of liquor licence for small venues, with the government aiming to encourage more small and local venues to thrive in the city – much like Melbourne's laneway scene.

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South Australian Marine Parks now in effect

THE South Australian Government last week announced that its network of 19 Marine Parks, which aim to protect the State's unique marine environment, have officially taken effect.

Premier Jay Weatherill said that while the Marine Park zones take effect immediately, effects on fishing will be phased in and supported with a public education campaign.

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Adelaide City Council approves 10-year transport and movement strategy

ADELAIDE City Council last week announced it has approved a ten year transport and movement strategy that seeks to make the city's streets safer, more connected and easier for people to use.

'Smart Move - The City of Adelaide's Transport and Movement Strategy 2012 – 2022' is a plan that aims to address transport issues of today while ensuring the city can meet future transport needs.

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SA Government announces members of new Capital City Design Review Panel

SOUTH Australian Planning Minister John Rau last week announced the members of the new Capital City Design Review Panel, the next step in a range of planning reforms that aim to continue the revitalisation of Adelaide's CBD.

The government said that all city projects going through the pre-lodgement process wil be scrutinised by the independent panel headed by the South Australian Government Architect, Ben Hewett.

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SA Parliament passes legislation to protect Barossa and McLaren Vale regions from sprawl

THE South Australian Government last week announced that the Barossa and McLaren Vale regions will be protected from residential subdivision, following the passing of both the Character Preservation (Barossa Valley) Bill 2012 and the Character Preservation (McLaren Vale) Bill 2012.

Planning Minister John Rau said that the passing of the legislation is an important moment in history, not just for the regions, but for the entire State, adding that "a line in the sand has now been drawn on Adelaide's urban sprawl."

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