• Have your say on review of moratorium on GM food crops

The Government’s independent review of moratorium on GM food crops, is being undertaken by Emeritus Professor Kym Anderson AC – an experienced economist and agricultural policy analyst.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone urged those interested in the review to make their submission by 26 October.

“We want to hear about and understand the different perspectives that exist on this topic and better understand the moratorium’s current and future economic impact.
“Once completed, the review will enable better informed policy decisions regarding GM food crops in South Australia.”

As the moratorium was originally justified by the former government on trade and market access grounds, the review will include assessing the available evidence on its market benefits.

Under the terms of reference, the review will:
· Assess available evidence on the market benefits of South Australia’s moratorium on the commercial cultivation of GM crops.
· Assess the degree of awareness of South Australia’s moratorium by key trading partners and food production businesses operating in South Australia and other Australian states.
· Where there is evidence of market benefits resulting from the moratorium, examine whether it is possible to retain such benefits for industry through the use of systems of segregation in the supply chain, having regard to segregation protocols adopted in other jurisdictions.
· Consider evidence from South Australian businesses and industry, market and trade data, the experience in other Australian and international jurisdictions and other relevant evidence to inform the analysis.
· Explore whether there are potential innovations likely to be available for commercial adoption by South Australia’s agricultural industries prior to 2025 that would justify a reconsideration of the moratorium on grounds of economic benefit to the state.
· Quantify where possible the economic costs and benefits of maintaining, modifying or removing the moratorium, not limited to but including on-farm impacts, food manufacturing, supply chain costs and impacts on research and development investment in South Australia.
Matters of human health, safety and environmental impacts are not within the scope of this review as the regulation of these aspects of gene technology are covered under Commonwealth legislation.

Submissions are due by Friday 26 October 2018.
It is expected the review will be complete in the first quarter of 2019.

For more information, including the full terms of reference and how to have your say, visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/gmreview

Herd of Hope Charity

Herd of HopeHerd of Hope
The Herd of Hope Charity focuses on establishing initiatives that will support recipients and donor families in regional and rural Australia
1 in 3 transplant recipients and nearly 1 in 4 donor families are regionally based. We want to champion support services no matter where you live.
We encourage all Australians to register and become an organ donor and hope that through our organisation you can see the difference you can make to others lives.

Megan OLoughlin
The idea started here! Megan received a double transplant (kidney/pancreas) in 2010. A month later she met her husband Mark and they have two kiddies Sam and Ella. Why cattle? It’s what she knows her family does best. Having grown up with type one diabetes in rural SA Megan can vouch for the importance of health services in country areas let alone the absolute gratitude to get an organ transplant. Wanting to show the positive effect organ and tissue donation has had in Australia, what better way than rounding everyone up on one of our nations most iconic landmarks.

We encourage all Australians to register to become an organ donor by learning more about the process.
To bring Hope – that services are available wherever you live.
For more information visit: https://www.herdofhope.com.au/our-team

 

My Health Record – your questions answered

health2My Health Record helps you keep track of your health. It means your important helath information like medical conditions, allergies, treatments, medicine details, shared health summaries, test or scan reports and immunisations will be available in one secure place.

Come and listen to the people in the know and passionate about giving you the right information!!

Tuesday 4th September 2018 – Session in Port Pirie

Time:10.30 am – Lealholme Aged Care – Paminco Room – 15 Halliday Street

2.00 pm – Port Football Club – Wandearah Road, Port Pirie South

7.00 pm – Port Pirie Yacht Club Main Road, Solomontown

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statues Amendment Bill 2018 (Decriminalisation of Sex Work)

Geoff believes it is important for him to understand the views and concerns you may have regarding the above Amendment Bill. You are encouraged to provide your feedback to his electorate office by emailing to: frome@parliament.sa.gov.au.

You can view the bill by visiting: https://www.legislation.sa.gov.au/LZ/B/CURRENT/STATUTES%20AMENDMENT%20(DECRIMINALISATION%20OF%20SEX%20WORK)%20BILL%202018_%20HON%20TAMMY%20FRANKS%20MLC/B_AS%20INTRODUCED%20IN%20LC/STATUTES%20SEX%20WORK%20BILL%202018.UN.PDF

Economic Contribution of Migration to SA

The Parliament of South Australia’s Economic and Finance Committee has recently commenced an inquiry into the economic contribution of migration to South Australia.

The inquiry will examine the impact of migration and population growth on south Australia’s productivity and economic performance.  The Committee aims to review existing programs to attract and retain skilled migrants, and investigate measures to support population growth in South Australia.

You are encouraged to make a submission, for further information email : EFC.Assembly@parliament.sa.gov.au or phone 8237 9223

Also  visit: www.parliament.sa.gov.au/efc

The Committee is inviting submissions to this inquiry by Friday 28 September 2018.

Community Consultation – Driver Training Reform

safe_image[1]The Department of Planning, Transports and Infrastructure(DPTI) are reviewing the current driver training and assessment arrangements in order to ensure the industry is displaying consistent and high levels of conduct, service and professionalism.

The first step in any review process is to understand where we are at now.

DPTI would like to hear from you about:
* your interaction with SA’s driver training and assessment industry;
*any feedback on the experience and
* your opinion on any potential improvements.

The project survey can be found on the South Australian Government;s YourSAy website:
https://yoursay.sa.gov.au/dec…/driver-training-consultation/.

All surveys are to be submitted by September 28 2018.

Marine Scalefish Fishery reform process

A new Fisheries Reform Advisory Committee will work to develop the reform package. The Advisory Committee will undertake further broad industry engagement to explore the implementation of key reforms including: introducing zones, fleet rationalisation, and the introduction of an Individual Transferable Quota system.
The Advisory Committee will include: six members from the commercial MSF, one Rock Lobster Fishery member in recognition of its formal access to marine scalefish species, one recreational fisher in acknowledgment of their significant interest in this shared access fishery, one independent chair, and one independent economist. The Committee will be supported by representatives from PIRSA and SARDI.
The MFA (Marine Fishers Association Inc) encourage fishers to nominate for the Minster’s Fishery Reform Committee and its consultative processes, and thank the Minister’s office for their active communication with key stakeholders, which has laid the foundation for a positive process and effective co-management.
If you wish to nominate for a Marine Scale Fisher position on the Advisory Committee, please contact Mr Jon Presser, Manager Fisheries Reform, PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture via telephone: 8429 0588 or email jon.presser@sa.gov.au.
Nominations are due on 31 August 2018.

Legislation to scrap payroll tax for Small Businesses

Small businesses across South Australia are set for a major economic boost, with the Marshall Liberal Government introducing legislation to exempt the state’s 3,200 businesses with taxable payrolls of up to $1.5 million from paying any payroll tax – a saving of up to $44,500 a year
The Payroll Tax (Exemption for Small Business) Amendment Bill 2018 introduced to State Parliament on 20th June 2018, with the change to come into effect from January 1, 2019.
It lifts the existing tax-exempt threshold from $600,000 to $1.5 million
For more information visit: https://premier.sa.gov.au/news/marshall-liberal-government-to-introduce-legislation-to-scrap-payroll-tax-for-all-small

Funds to finish the Riesling Trail

Riesling Trail chairman Dr Allan Mayfield, committee member Judy Searley, Mt Horrocks Wines owner winemaker Stephanie Toole with Member for Frome Geoff Brock at the Riesling Trail Auburn trailheadFederal and State Government funding will contribute to the final piece of the iconic Clare Valley Riesling Trail to be completed at Auburn, and Member for Frome Geoff Brock couldn’t be happier.

This week, the Australian Government announced a $160,000 grant from the Building Better Regions Fund towards the project, while State Government has honoured a commitment made by its predecessors to provide $120,000 of funding for the Trail’s extension.

Estimated to cost $321,000 when complete, the combined grants totalling $280,000 will enable the Riesling Trail Committee to begin the work, which will include the installation of a bridge over the Wakefield River at Auburn and a kilometre of trail surface from the Auburn Railway Station north towards the Taylors Wines road intersection.

Mr Brock said he was delighted State Treasurer Rob Lucas was able to honour the commitment of the previous Government for the funding.

“We resubmitted the funding application to the State Liberal Government and are extremely pleased at the positive outcome,” Mr Brock said.

“The tireless work of chairman Dr Allan Mayfield and members of the Riesling Trail Committee and their supporters is outstanding, and it is wonderful to see the continued care taken to maintain and improve this iconic and popular walking trail.”

The Riesling Trail was built in 1994 and now extends 33km from Barinia to Auburn, where it meets the 19km Rattler Trail from Riverton. It was an initiative of a dedicated local committee and has more than 25,000 users annually. The Riesling Trail is among the top 10 bike friendly wine routes in the World.

More Information about the Riesling Trail – Committee Chairman: Dr Allan Mayfield – 0418 818 569

 

 

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Phone: 8633 1210 Fax: 8633 1758
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