Policy Tracker

I’m 100% committed to following through on all my election commitments. They were not just meaningless promises pitched at election time, they are part of me demonstrating my desire to deliver for the communities that I have been given the privilege of representing.

Some of my election commitments can be delivered quickly, others will take several years to fulfill, others, such as the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create Glenthorne National Park, will happen in stages over a generation.

I’ve put together an easy-to-follow election pledge tracker so you can see how things are progressing and the milestones that are being reached against each initiative. Check it out below.

Creating Glenthorne National Park

Creating Glenthorne National Park

The 2018/19 budget pledged $10 million for the creation of Glenthorne National Park.

Milestones

  1. Completed: $12.5m funded so far
  2. Completed: First public open days during April and October 2019 saw in excess of 6,300 people attend
  3. Completed: Land transfer of the Glenthorne Farm to the South Australian government from the University of Adelaide finalised - November 2019
  4. Completed: Glenthorne Masterplan completed
  5. Completed: Demolition to commence on site May 2020
  6. Completed: Proclaimed as a National Park
  7. Completed: First public access available - August 2020
  8. In progress: Visitor hub completed, including the heritage precinct - June 2021
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Opening our reservoirs for recreation

Opening our reservoirs for recreation

Over the coming years we will progressively open a range of reservoirs in both Adelaide and in regional South Australia, this will be carefully managed with low impact activities such as walking and cycling trails, scaling up to fishing and water access at different reservoirs over time and in consultation with communities.

Land access and shore-based fishing at Myponga Reservoir is now available. Bundaleer, Warren, and South Para Reservoirs have also been successfully opened for recreational access including walking, cycling, picnicking, fishing and kayaking.

Milestones

  1. Completed: $5 million fully funded in the 2018/19 budget to open reservoirs across South Australia
  2. Completed: Myponga Reservoir opened for land access - 14 April 2019
  3. Completed: Shore-based fishing available at Myponga Reservoir
  4. Completed: South Para Reservoir opened 7 December 2019
  5. In progress: Land-based activities available at Hope Valley, Little Para and Barossa reservoirs - end of 2020
  6. In progress: Water-based activities available at Happy Valley, South Para, Myponga and Warren reservoirs - end of 2021
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Leading the nation in waste management

Leading the nation in waste management

$12.4 million has been injected into waste management in response to the industry’s concerns with the impact of the China Sword Policy.

The $800,000 Which Bin education package is rolling out across the state.

Community consultation was undertaken for phasing out single-use plastics in SA, legislation has now been drafted and will be introduced into Parliament in early 2020.

Milestones

  1. Completed: More than 200 jobs created
  2. Completed: Which Bin education package
  3. Completed: Phasing out single-use plastics - Bill to ban passes parliament September 2020
  4. In progress: Ban on single-use plastic straws, cutlery and drink stirrers commences early 2021
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Single-use plastic ban

Single-use plastic ban

We're banning a range of single-use plastics in South Australia under proposed legislation to be introduced into State Parliament.

Milestones

  1. Completed: Public consultation on the discussion paper
  2. Completed: Turning the Tide on Single Use Plastics: The Next Steps - paper released
  3. Completed: Legislation introduced into Parliament in 2020
  4. Completed: A ban on a range of single-use plastics passes parliament
  5. In progress: Plastic straws, cutlery and drink stirrers banned
Protecting our precious coastline

Protecting our precious coastline

Our election commitment pledged $5.2 million towards innovative approaches to coastal projects. This included one of Australia’s biggest seagrass restoration projects, the creation of a shellfish reef off metropolitan Adelaide’s coast, funds for important research and development and investment in wetlands to reduce land-based run-off.

Milestones

  1. Completed: $1 million seagrass restoration project commenced in partnership with South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI)
  2. Completed: $1.2 million provided to Australian Nature Conservancy to create a shellfish reef
  3. Completed: Applications for research and development grants opened
  4. Completed: Blue carbon strategy developed and released
  5. Completed: $4 million over four years in regional coast protection grants announced
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Restoring West Beach and Henley Beach South

Restoring West Beach and Henley Beach South

In the 2019/20 State Budget, $48.5 million was provided over four years to undertake a major restoration project to create new resilience along the beaches and coastline in Adelaide’s western suburbs. This project, focused on climate resilience, will involve a mass sand replenishment and the development of an innovative sand pumping pipeline to recycle sand from north to south along the city’s coastline (replicating the system already in place between Glenelg and Kingston Park).

Milestones

  1. Completed: $48.5 million fully funded in the 2019/20 state budget
  2. In progress: Large scale beach replenishment with sand from an external source completed by 2020
  3. In progress: Increase immediate beach replenishment at West Beach and Henley Beach South completed 2020/21
  4. In progress: Construction of a sand recycling pipeline from Semaphore to West Beach
  5. In progress: Sand recycling pipeline operational by 2022/23
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Hallett Cove ocean pool feasibility study

Hallett Cove ocean pool feasibility study

Provided matched funding of $25,000 along with the City of Marion to consider the feasibility of an ocean pool in Hallett Cove.

The state government will now work alongside the council and the community to understand the financial viability of this concept and whether or not it has broad community support.

More to come...

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Milestones

  1. Completed: Feasibility study
Reforming the way we manage our natural resources

Reforming the way we manage our natural resources

Committed to major legislative change to give communities more influence over how our privately owned environment is managed, with a new body called Landscape SA replacing NRM boards. There will be an emphasis on decentralised decision making and a back-to-basics approach focused on the effective management of water resources, soil quality, pest plant and animal control and strategies to enhance biodiversity at a landscape scale.

Milestones

  1. Completed: Over 1,000 people engaged in consultations around new legislation
  2. Completed: Natural Resources Management Act 2004 repealed
  3. Completed: Landscape SA Bill debated and passed through both Houses of Parliament
  4. Completed: NRM Boards replaced by eight new regional landscape boards, and a new metropolitan landscape board, Green Adelaide, formed
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Creating Green Adelaide

Creating Green Adelaide

Establishing a body to boldly green the environment of our capital city and capturing this ambition in legislation.

Milestones

  1. Completed: The new, metropolitan landscape board, Green Adelaide, formed
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Bushfire recovery

Bushfire recovery

The state government is providing extra support for wildlife recovery after the devastating bushfires in the Adelaide Hills and on Kangaroo Island.

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Milestones

  1. Completed: $50,000 immediately made available for wildlife recovery centres to continue their work
  2. Completed: Wildlife Recovery Fund launched in collaboration with Nature Foundation SA to re-establish habitat for wildlife
  3. Completed: 28 koalas relocated from Kangaroo Island to Cleland Wildlife Park to establish disease-free insurance population
  4. Completed: Land-based and aerial food drops for wildlife on Kangaroo Island
  5. Completed: First round of grants now open for the Wildlife Recovery Fund and applicants can apply for up to $50,000
Nature-based tourism opportunities

Nature-based tourism opportunities

The government is seeking to enhance our eco-sensitive tourism options to bring in more visitors and help enhance and protect our natural environment. The Taskforce for the Visitor Economy is co-chaired by Minister Ridgway and Minister Speirs.

Milestones

  1. Completed: Heritage Tourism Strategy engagement undertaken - December 2019
  2. Completed: Taskforce considering a broad range of opportunities across the state
  3. Completed: Nature-based tourism co-investment fund announced and open for applications
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Heritage Grants Program

Heritage Grants Program

The government is providing funding for conservation projects that help conserve or protect significant fabric or heritage values.

Milestones

  1. Completed: Round one allocated in May 2019 - nearly $250,000 of funding was provided to 27 State Heritage Places
  2. Completed: Round two allocated in November 2019 - $250,000 of funding was provided to 25 State Heritage Places
Increasing the number of park rangers

Increasing the number of park rangers

We’ve committed to bringing 20 new park rangers on board. We've already exceeded that commitment and we're going to continue to increase the number!

Milestones

  1. Completed: Since March 2018 the total number of rangers has increased from 93 to 133
  2. Completed: 22 new park rangers employed across our national parks
  3. Completed: 6 additional ranger positions available
  4. Completed: Volunteer Ranger service launched across regional and metropolitan parks
Greener Neighbourhoods

Greener Neighbourhoods

The South Australian Government is providing up to $2 million in funding over four years to support councils to keep Adelaide’s suburban streets green and cool.

Milestones

  1. Completed: First round of the Greener Neighbourhoods Grants program awarded - November 2019
  2. In progress: Second round of Greener Neighbourhood Grants program opened - mid 2020
Protecting the River Murray, Coorong and Lower Lakes

Protecting the River Murray, Coorong and Lower Lakes

Project Coorong is taking action to restore the health, vitality and visitor experience of this precious place through environmental projects to get the Coorong back on track and initiatives to boost eco-tourism, focusing on the Coorong National Park.

Milestones

  1. Completed: $70 million funding announced
  2. In progress: Coorong Partnership announced
  3. In progress: Phase 1 funding secured
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Our changing climate

Our changing climate

Work on climate change measures is being progressed by the Premier's Climate Change Council.

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Milestones

  1. Completed: Cross-government climate strategy - under development
  2. Completed: Blue carbon strategy
  3. Completed: Launched directions for a Climate Smart SA
Retaining shacks

Retaining shacks

The Marshall Liberal government is committed to creating new opportunities for families to retain shacks on Crown land and in national parks by expanding the eligibility to maintain a lease in return for upgrading the shack to meet contemporary safety, amenity and environmental standards.

Milestones

  1. Completed: Retaining Shacks Project commenced - April 2018
  2. Completed: Amendments to the Crown Land Management Act 2009 passed - 5 December 2019
  3. Completed: Draft amendments to the relevant park management plans released for public consultation - 5 December 2019
  4. Completed: Amendments to Crown Land Management Act in effect
  5. Completed: Expressions of interest sent to shack lessees inviting them to express their interest in applying for longer tenure for their shack site - February 2020
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Cove Sports and Community Club

Cove Sports and Community Club

Pledging $80,000 for kitchen upgrades.

Milestones

  1. Completed: $80,000 funding pledged
Hallett Cove Scout Group

Hallett Cove Scout Group

$20,000 for installation of new climbing wall

Milestones

  1. Completed: New climbing wall completed
Our Surf Lifesaving Clubs

Our Surf Lifesaving Clubs

Total $190,000 funding committed for shark spotting drones

Milestones

  1. Completed: $190,000 for shark-spotting drones
Reactivating the Repat

Reactivating the Repat

The Marshall Liberal government has made a pledge to reopen and revitalise the Repatriation Hospital, with total investment in the project from both the State and Federal Governments nearly $110 million.

Milestones

  1. Completed: Repat hydrotherapy pool re-opened and 20 new beds available
  2. Completed: Repat concept master plan released
  3. Completed: $70 million funding agreement between state and federal government announced
  4. Completed: Construction started on Repat upgrade
  5. Completed: New 78 bed Dementia Care Facility announced
  6. Completed: An extra $30 million in funding committed
Southern Expressway safety screens

Southern Expressway safety screens

Nearly $15,000 committed to install safety screens along the Southern Expressway

Milestones

  1. Completed: Safety screens installed
Marino Community Hall Association

Marino Community Hall Association

$50,000 made available for general hall upgrades

Milestones

  1. Completed: $50,000 made available for general hall upgrades
Pine Avenue Railway Crossing, Seacliff

Pine Avenue Railway Crossing, Seacliff

The Pine Avenue railway crossing was needlessly closed in 2017 by the previous Labor government. Our pledge to re-open it requires a fully disability compliant crossing to be developed, meaning it is not a straightforward project. This project will take some time to plan, design and implement as there is unfortunately no ‘quick fix’ to facilitate it.

Milestones

  1. Completed: Funding included in 2018/19 Budget
  2. Completed: Initial planning and design works commenced 2019
  3. In progress: Crossing re-opened
Woodend Primary School parking and pathway

Woodend Primary School parking and pathway

Pledged up to $250,000 to create a shared use pathway through the western streets of Sheidow Park, developing a safe walking/scooting/riding pathway to and from Woodend Primary School. Additionally, funding pledged to expand the kiss and drop zone on Edward Beck Drive adjacent the school.

Milestones

  1. Completed: Kiss and drop zone expansion completed August 2019
  2. Completed: Pathway completed November 2019
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Sheidow Park Primary School parking

Sheidow Park Primary School parking

Pledged funding to expand parking on Adams Road, Sheidow Park, to enable more vehicles to safely arrive and depart school at drop off and pick up times.

Milestones

  1. Completed: Works completed October 2019
Hallett Cove R-12 School kiss and drop zone

Hallett Cove R-12 School kiss and drop zone

Pledged up to $250,000 to expand the kiss and drop zone at Hallett Cove R-12 School, creating more capacity and making it safer for parents and children travelling to and from school.

Milestones

  1. Completed: Planning and design works completed
  2. Completed: Works commenced December 2019
  3. In progress: Works due to be completed January 2020
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Majors Road/Southern Expressway

Majors Road/Southern Expressway

$200,000 was committed to an access study for Majors Road/Southern Expressway

Milestones

  1. Completed: Access study underway
Candy/Lander/Main South Road Intersection

Candy/Lander/Main South Road Intersection

$5.2 million was pledged for the upgrading of the Candy/Lander/Main South Road Intersection

Milestones

  1. Completed: $5.2 million available for upgrades
  2. Completed: Planning and design works completed
  3. Completed: Construction works commenced November 2019
International BMX facility, Majors Road

International BMX facility, Majors Road

Create an international-standard BMX facility in the Glenthorne National Park precinct on Majors Road, O’Halloran Hill, to replace existing facilities at Hallett Cove and Happy Valley.

Milestones

  1. Completed: $1.3m pledged
  2. Completed: Planning and design works completed
  3. In progress: Construction scheduled to begin during 2020
Oaklands Crossing

Oaklands Crossing

A commitment to create grade separation, construction of new station and parking for Oaklands Crossing

Milestones

  1. Completed: Grade separation completed
  2. In progress: New station
  3. In progress: New parking