Adelaide | The Weatherill Government will target construction industry employment and the burgeoning food, health and wellbeing sectors when it unveils a blueprint to salvage jobs in Adelaide’s north in coming weeks.
Labor’s Northern Economic Plan is still under discussion behind closed doors, but the Premier has revealed it will focus on the building industry, along with two of his much-hyped economic priority areas – premium food and health and ageing.
“Within a very short period of time we’ll be releasing the Northern Economic Plan … focused on food, construction and health and wellbeing,” Jay Weatherill told a recent LGA President’s Lunch.
But stakeholders have warned the plan must involve a dramatic escalation of public investment in the troubled region. The state’s Full Story »
adelaide | Statistical inaccuracies have been identified in annual reports from the State Government’s troubled Office of the Small Business Commissioner, prompting an audit of financial statements dating back to 2011.
Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis told parliament today that recently-appointed commissioner John Chapman identified “a number of discrepancies in the statistical information contained in the 2011/12 and the 2012/13 Annual Reports”, commissioning an independent review by auditors Ernst and Young.
“The Ernst and Young report has found that certain statistical data contained in the 2011/12 and 2012/13 annual reports is inaccurate, along with certain statistical data collated in 2013/14,” said Koutsantonis.
“Specifically, I am advised this data contained an overstatement o Full Story »
PHILIP WHITE OPINION | At the risk of writing too much about the region I choose to live in, I must say my home patch gave me a warm flush of pride these last few days.
McLaren Vale’s Scarce Earth project took a welcome lurch into the future.
With the release of 15 specially-blessed Shiraz wines, this time from the 2013 vintage, it became obvious that the selection panel which chose them from 44 entries was much more brutal in eliminating wines which displayed too much winemaking sophistry to properly reflect their source location.
The idea is that winemakers with a vineyard on any specific geology from the region’s confounding fruit cake make a wine from it with the main intent being to let the site sing right through to the final glass: the opposite of cross-regional blending Full Story »
SOUTH AUSTRALIA | Tourism industry representatives across South Australia are this week workshopping ideas to increase tourism based around the state’s national parks, reserves and waterways.
The series of forums will contribute towards the development of a draft nature-based tourism action plan, with project manager Chris Thomas saying this type of tourism already generates more than $1 billion in spending in SA each year.
“The ‘green’ traveller is certainly the fastest-growing sector of the industry,” said Thomas, marine parks manager at the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR).
“Obviously we have a premium food and wine brand in South Australia, but almost 50 per cent of visitors come here for some kind of nature-based experience.
“”It’s a nic Full Story »