The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (14:59): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation a question regarding government assistance to local communities following the Pinery bushfires, particularly regarding efforts to mitigate soil erosion. Leave granted. The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS: On Saturday, I visited a number of localities in the Adelaide Plains and Lower North that were severely impacted by the terrible fire which started in Pinery on Wednesday. I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the incredible resilience and determination of local residents in the recovery efforts, which have of course already started. I would also like to put on the record my thanks to all the volunteer firefighters from South Australia and Victoria, as well as emergency services and government personnel, who assisted during the terrible fire and are now assisting in the significant recovery efforts that have begun. Of course, that thanks from the community is demonstrated in signs and other forms right across the region.Read more
The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:31): My question is directed to the Minister for Water and
the River Murray. I refer the minister to the answer he gave in this place yesterday regarding the
removing of the processing of cheque payments for SA Water bills from South Australia to Victoria.
Given the minister's answer, can he advise whether SA Water has investigated opportunities for
keeping this service of processing cheque payments for SA Water within South Australia? If not, will
he commit to directing SA Water to look into keeping this business in our state, even if it means them
changing their banking agency?
The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:03): I have a supplementary question. Following my recent
question to the minister regarding the Northern Adelaide Economic Leaders Group, has the minister
made a determination about whether the town of Gawler and the City of Tea Tree Gully will be
included in that Northern Adelaide Economic Leaders Group?
The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:10): Given the significant experience that both Mr Piro and
Mr Tyler have had in regional development agencies in this state, is the minister concerned that the
expertise of both has been lost at the same time?
The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:24): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation a question regarding buffel grass. Leave granted. The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS: Earlier this year, the minister placed buffel grass on the declared plant list. Buffel grass is a species widely used in northern Australia, particularly as cattle fodder, as it grows and matures quickly and is tolerant of fire and drought. In South Australia, buffel grass has become established in the rangelands and is now rapidly encroaching southwards. Indeed, members of the Natural Resources Committee of the parliament saw in some detail the way in which buffel grass was coming into the APY lands on our trip in 2013.Read more
The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (14:41): Supplementary: given that the answer that the minister
gave is almost identical to the one he gave me in relation to my question about the Warren
Conservation Park fire some weeks ago, does the minister have more information about the facts
that he was going to check in relation to the Warren fire?
The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(14:53:55): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Automotive Transformation a question regarding the government's position on the duplication of Elder Smith Road at Mawson Lakes following the announcement of the northern food hub.Read more
The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 14:50 :06 ): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation questions about controlled burns conducted by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.Read more
The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 15:18 :49 ): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation questions regarding the erosion of Cobbler Creek within and around the recreation park of the same name.Read more
The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 15:03 :00 ): By way of supplementary question, were the participants invited into the tele town hall only from the three city councils within the northern Adelaide zone, or did it go farther afield than that?Read more