South Australia

New planning minister for South Australia

FOLLOWING the decision of former Minister for Urban Development Paul Holloway to step down from his ministerial responsibilities, South Australian Premier Mike Rann this week announced a new cabinet line-up.

New Deputy Premier John Rau, who will continue as Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Tourism, also gains the responsibilities of Urban Development, Planning and the City of Adelaide and the new role of Minister for Food Marketing.

The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGA) welcomed Mr Rau to his new role and said they looked forward to working together.

"We will be working very closely with Minister Rau and his office to ensure that development across South Australia, including across metropolitan Adelaide is planned, orderly and sustainable and that infrastructure, including roads, stormwater and social infrastructure is properly planned and properly funded," LGA President Mayor Felicity-ann Lewis said.

"We would like to take the opportunity to thank former Minister Paul Holloway, for the conduct of this vital portfolio."

Mr Holloway announced his decision to step down last weekend, after nine years in Cabinet, calling it an "opportune time to step aside and allow for generational change."

Mr Holloway said he would look back with personal pride at some of the major achievements of the government, in which he had played a role, including the expansion of the State's mining sector from four to 16 approved mines and the long-term vision for a sustainable and affordable city, detailed in the 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide.

Mr Holloway was also Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for Mineral Resources Development and Minister Assisting the Premier in Public Sector Management. He will not recontest the next election, due in March 2014.

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