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
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
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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



SA Pelvic Mesh Consumer Support Line – Forum

SA Pelvic Mesh Support LineSA Pelvic Mesh ForumAcross our state many families are affected by issues associated with pelvic mesh complications.

On Wednesday 25 July 2018 Geoff together with Dana Wortley MP and the Hon Dennis Hood MLC hosted a Pelvic Mesh Awareness Morning Tea at Parliament House. Medical professionals and members of the Australian Pelvic Mesh Support Group spoke about the impact affected individuals face and what is being done in South Australia.       Pictured with Geoff are Kim, Marlene, Carla & Leonie.












The Senate Inquiry released in March 2018 included a range of recommendations.  In May 2018 SA Health has mobilised a strategy (SA Health TVM Strategy) to implement the recommendations from the Senate Inquiry which will be evaluated.



Flying Finish – Clare Valley flying Group

Regional Development Australia Y&MN Chairman Bill Vandepeer, Clare & Gilbert Valleys Mayor Allan Aughey and Clare Valley Flying Group chairman Peter Roberts with Geoff

Regional Development Australia Y&MN Chairman Bill Vandepeer, Clare & Gilbert Valleys Mayor Allan Aughey  and Clare Valley Flying Group chairman Peter Roberts with Geoff

A grant windfall for the Clare Valley Flying Group from both Federal and State Governments will provide the region with an all-weather, 24-hour landing facility.

Member for Frome Geoff Brock congratulated the State Liberal Government for honouring a commitment to contribute $395,629 towards this important project, which was more than matched by an Australian Government grant of $469,191 under the Building Better Regions Funding round announced this week.

“I received confirmation from State Treasurer Rob Lucas of the previous Government’s funding commitment to support the Clare Valley Flying Club’s application and am pleased the Flying Club can add to their excellent development.

“The project will enable commercial expansion and additional business, freight and tourism opportunities,” Mr Brock said.

“This has been a great journey for the dedicated committee. I was pleased to support them in 2010 with an initial State Government grant of $153,000 for the first stage of the aerodrome, which was so enthusiastically backed by the people and businesses of the Clare Valley with financial and in-kind contributions.”

Mr Brock paid tribute to founding Flying Group president Adrian Smith whose vision and dedication got the ball rolling and to the committee for their continual hard work in developing the aerodrome to its current high standard.

Mayor Allan Aughey OAM said every upgrade in the aerodrome’s facilities was a positive when it came to community safety.

As well as the obvious commercial outcomes resulting from improving the 1,220 metre long runway with compaction, resheeting and line marking together with the upgrade of lighting, Mayor Aughey said the availability for emergency use was of enormous community benefit.

“This will have implications during bushfires, floods or any unthinkable catastrophe and the upgrades will be of benefit to the whole Mid North of South Australia,” he said.




New accommodation for adventurous backpackers in the Mid North Town of Blyth

BDH Bites30th January 2018

A $100,000 Regional Development Fund grant will support BDH Hostelry’s $410,000 project to transform the hospital site into a 46-bed backpacker hostel, complete with camp kitchen, bar and bike hire service.

Geoff is pleased to see investment in a 46-bed backpacker hostel, a new venture that will create new jobs, revitalise the vacant Blyth Hospital and attract backpackers to the Mid North is being backed by a State Government grant.

The new facility will offer short-stay accommodation for backpackers and visitors and provide longer-term accommodation options for vintage and other seasonal workers.

Major upgrades to be funded through the grant, to make the building suitable for accommodation, will include upgrades to the plumbing and electrical systems and the fire and smoke detection systems. The facility will house a 30kw solar system and solar hot water.

Both Nicole and joint owner Anthon Haitana have stated they feel privileged to receive the support of the Regional Development Fund.

“The grant will help us to realise our vision, which is to support tourists who want to explore the Mid North region by offering an affordable and relaxed experience.

There isn’t a backpacker hostel currently within 100km of Blyth, including the Clare Valley, so it’s going to be very exciting to explore this market” they said.

The BDH Hostelry will also provide much-needed service to local businesses by offering accommodation for domestic and international workers who come to the Mid North for employment at vintage and harvest.

A range of quality accommodation options is crucial to entice visitors to any region which is why it makes economic sense for the Mid North to diversify into the backpacker market.

“I know visitors will enjoy a unique experience in Blyth, setting the scene for their continued travels throughout the Mid North.” Said Geoff


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