South Australia

SA Government publicly launches 'Metrocard', Adelaide's new ticketing system

ADELAIDE'S new smartcard ticketing system, Metrocard, was officially launched this week by Transport Services Minister Chloë Fox, with Metrocards now available for purchase for travel on all Adelaide Metro buses, trains and trams.

Ms Fox said she was thrilled to be publicly releasing the Metrocard and giving commuters a state-of-the-art, reliable and secure ticketing system allowing for faster boarding.

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12 month Wi-Fi trial for Adelaide Metro buses and trams

SOUTH Australian Transport Services Minister Chloë Fox last week announced that free Wi-Fi will be provided on all Adelaide Metro trams and 20 buses as part of a 12-month trial, with the first Wi-Fi connected bus already in service.

The entire tram fleet and an additional 19 buses are expected to have Wi-Fi capability by January 2013, which is being facilitated by APN Outdoor Pty Ltd as part of the public transport advertising contract awarded in May this year.

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SA Government to gauge market interest in legal precinct redevelopment

THE South Australian Government last week announced it will undertake a market sounding exercise to explore commercial opportunities associated with the redevelopment of court facilities in the Adelaide CBD.

Infrastructure Minister Patrick Conlon said gauging the interest of the private sector would provide the State Government with options for the renewal of court infrastructure in the city.

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Adelaide (City) Development Plan Amendment finalised

A MAJOR step in the overhaul of Adelaide's planning and development laws has been completed, with the finalisation of the Adelaide (City) Development Plan Amendment (DPA), Planning Minister John Rau has announced.

The amended DPA, which was gazetted last week, allows for changes in building heights, a greater mix of building uses, more vibrant main streets, better defined boulevards and activation of the city squares.

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Work begins on $439 million stage two of Snowtown Wind Farm

SOUTH Australian Industrial Relations Minister Russell Wortley, representing Premier Jay Weatherill, last week welcomed the second stage of the Snowtown Wind Farm project while turning the sod at the $439 million Snowtown II site.

Capable of generating 270 megawatts of renewable energy from its 90 turbines, Snowtown II will have the capacity to power about 180,000 South Australian homes.

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SA Government introduces legislation to streamline housing approvals

SOUTH Australian Planning Minister John Rau last week announced the introduction of legislation to streamline planning approvals for code compliant new housing.

The legislation will amend the Development Act 1993 to provide for the private certification of planning applications for low-risk, low-impact residential development.

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SA Government makes changes to housing grants

ANYONE building or buying a brand new home could be eligible to receive State Government assistance under housing grant reforms announced last week by the South Australian Government.

Premier Jay Weatherill and Treasurer Jack Snelling have announced a new Housing Construction Grant for everyone building a new home, which will take effect immediately.

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Bicycle Infrastructure Group to improve cycling infrastructure in Adelaide

ADELAIDE City Council and the South Australian Government last week announced the formation of the Bicycle Infrastructure Group (BIG), which aims to enable both levels of government to work together to improve cycling infrastructure and encourage cycling.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Patrick Conlon said one of group's goals is to double the number of people who cycle to, or within the city, by 2020.

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Adelaide's Public Spaces & Public Life study released

ADELAIDE Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood last week launched a study by internationally recognised Danish urban design consultancy Gehl Architects, headed by Professor Jan Gehl, which identifies a range of opportunities to create a better city experience.

With support from Integrated Design Commissioner Tim Horton, The Public Spaces & Public Life 2011 study was commissioned as part of Council's contribution to the 5000+ project, the Integrated Design Strategy for Inner Adelaide.

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Developer selected for second land release at Bowden development

SYSTEMBUILT Homes has been selected as the successful developer of the second land release in the $1 billion Bowden development and will build three-storey terrace homes on Seventh Street.

Housing and Urban Development Minister Patrick Conlon last week said the developer secured both available parcels of land on Seventh Street due to the high quality of their submission.

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SA Government to host panels to generate new ideas and fast-track construction growth

THE South Australian Government last week announced it will host a series of panels with the private sector and non-government organisations aimed at developing new ideas and fast-tracking construction growth.

Housing and Urban Development Minister Patrick Conlon said the panels would be held by Renewal SA, the new trading name for the Urban Renewal Authority.

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Final round of Marine Parks consultation commences in SA

SOUTH Australian Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Paul Caica, last week released draft management plans and impact statements for each of the proposed 19 marine parks for public review and comment.

The documents include the proposed marine parks zoning and South Australians have until October 22 to review the plans to protect the state's marine life, under the final round of the Marine Parks consultation.

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SA Government to fast-track 'shovel-ready' construction projects

BUILDING and construction projects that are in the pipeline and valued at more than $20 million are set to be fast-tracked under a South Australian Government initiative to support the construction sector.

Premier Jay Weatherill last week announced the initiative to intensively case manage projects to fruition in an effort to support the construction industry through a difficult period, adding there is a sense of urgency about the circumstances of the building and construction sector.

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