Category Archives: GENERAL News

CHILDCARE AND EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING DRAFT REPORT RELEASED

The Productivity Commission today released its draft inquiry report on Childcare and Early Childhood Learning. “Our recommendations seek to make childcare more affordable, flexible and accessible. Furthermore they will provide a framework for a more financially sustainable childcare system for … Continue reading

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SA CHILDCARE WORKER CHARGED WITH CHILD SEX OFFENCES

Police have identified seven South Australian children as alleged victims of a 32-year-old man charged with numerous sex offences. At the time of the alleged offending the man was employed with Families SA caring for children in a Government-run residential care … Continue reading

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MISSING PERSON LETITIA WILLIAMS

Police are asking for assistance from the public to help locate Letitia Williams, who has been missing from her Hillcrest home since 6 July. Letitia is 24 years old, 155cm tall, slim build, long black hair, brown eyes, and was … Continue reading

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MAGNITUDE 5 EARTHQUAKE RECORDED NEAR MAREE

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake was recorded southwest of Maree in South Australia’s Far North at 11:58am on Wednesday morning 4 June 2014. David Love, Seismologist with the Geological Survey of South Australia within the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources … Continue reading

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INDIGENOUS PRISONERS REINTEGRATION EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM AT OLYMPIC DAM

Five Indigenous prisoners will be provided with training and employment opportunities with BHP Billiton and its contracting partners at Olympic Dam through an employment project to be funded by the Australian Government.

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ROWAN RAMSEY: BUDGET MAKES TOUGH DECISIONS FOR A PROSPEROUS FUTURE

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey has welcomed the Government’s first Budget saying the time has come to stop passing the buck on Australia’s future and make the decisions today which will allow us to prosper in the future. “Every … Continue reading

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LGA COMMENT ON BUDGET: SA COMMUNITIES FEEL THE BACKLASH

South Australian communities will feel a $24 million backlash as a result of last night’s Federal Budget which has ripped much needed community funding from Local Government. The Local Government Association President, Mayor David O’Loughlin said that in addition to … Continue reading

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ERNABELLA (APY LANDS) RECORDS LARGEST EARTHQUAKES TWO YEARS IN A ROW

The small town of Ernabella (Pukatja) in South Australia has recorded the largest earthquake in the nation for two consecutive years, experiencing a 5.7 magnitude event in both 2012 and 2013. Geoscience Australia highlighted this event as one of 579 … Continue reading

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4.7 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE IN STATE’S MID-NORTH – DID YOU FEEL IT?

A 4.7 magnitude earthquake occurred near Yunta in the state’s mid-north at 7.24 last night and was felt widely across the State. The epicentre was approximately 27 kilometres south of Yunta and Nackara and the Geological Survey of South Australia … Continue reading

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NEW REPORT: NOT FOR PROFIT FUNDING CRISIS

Almost nine in ten ‘Not for Profit’ organisations (87%) have no guarantee of key funding for services beyond June 2014. The survey shows that Australia’s Not for Profit sector is in crisis with the lack of funding certainty forcing agencies … Continue reading

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BODY OF A MAN FOUND AT INNAMINCKA

Update: Sunday, 30 March 2014 11:33am Police have identified the body of a man who is believed to have drowned in Coopers Creek at Innamincka in the early hours of Saturday morning.

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HOUSE FIRE IN APY LANDS

The CFS was called to a house fire in the APY Lands just after 6am this morning following a triple zero call that was made alerting SA Police, who then advised the CFS of the structure fire.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: CAMEL SUPPLY CHAIN PROJECT FOR APY LANDS

The Australian Government is supporting social and economic projects that benefit remote Indigenous communities by taking advantage of a vast food source in the Outback. The camel supply chain project will aid the creation of jobs and employment-related participation activity, … Continue reading

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LGA ELECTION ISSUES TEN QUESTIONS, TEN ANSWERS FROM MAJOR PARTIES

Questions to Major Political Parties State Election 10 Key Questions on Behalf of South Australian Communities(137 kb) Labor Party responses to LGA’s 10 questions(531 kb) Liberal Party responses to LGA’s 10 questions(712 kb) Green Party responses to LGA’s 10 questions(54 kb) … Continue reading

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POLICE ISSUE ‘WIZARD’ DRUG WARNING – NO SAFE DOSES

South Australia Police have issued a warning about an illicit drug referred to as ‘wizard’ following the recent hospitalisation of a man who took a single dose of the potentially fatal substance. It is suspected the man had taken a … Continue reading

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BUSINESSES BEWARE OF ADVERTISING SCAM

In October 2013, a Panorama business owner was approached by a woman who claimed to be from a media group selling business advertising in a local publication. The business owner later decided she did not wish to advertise and advised … Continue reading

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SUSPICIOUS FIRE AT INDULKANA OVERNIGHT

Police are investigating a suspicious fire which happened overnight at Indulkana in the State’s far north. Just before 10.30pm, police received reports the school was on fire. One classroom has been completely destroyed and damage is estimated at several thousand … Continue reading

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COMMUNITY ALLIANCE SA CALLS MEMBERS TO PUBLIC PROTEST

Your committee, and the Action Group formed at the recent general meeting, has put a number of actions in place leading up to the State Election

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PARLIAMENTARY ENQUIRY INTO OPERATIONS OF TAFE SECTOR

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment has adopted an inquiry into the operation of TAFEs. The inquiry will allow the committee to continue the work of a previous Parliament in this area.

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STATE ELECTION ENROLMENT CLOSES FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2014

South Australians who have not yet enrolled to vote in the State election on March 15 have until 12 noon tomorrow (Friday, February 21) to do so. South Australia’s Electoral Commissioner, Ms Kay Mousley, said anyone who would turn 18 … Continue reading

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SAPOL: CHANGES TO FIREARMS REGULATIONS

There have been some important amendments to the Firearms Act 1977 and Firearms Regulations 2008, that you may need to be aware of if you own a firearm. Earlier this month provisions of the Firearms (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2013 and … Continue reading

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HERBICIDE DRIFT RISKS AS PRODUCERS BEGIN WEED SPRAYING

Biosecurity SA says recent heavy, widespread rain has had producers looking to start summer weed spraying straight away. Manager of Rural Chemical Operations in PIRSA’s Biosecurity SA, Michael McManus, said that with increased spraying came the potential for increased risk … Continue reading

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ORIC: CEO OF TOP END CORPORATION DISQUALIFIED

The Federal Court in Darwin has today disqualified Mr John Berto from managing companies or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations for a period of two years. The proceedings were brought by the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations, Anthony Beven. Mr … Continue reading

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MILLION DOLLAR REWARDS IN SA CHILD MURDER CASES

In a major initiative million-dollar rewards are being offered by the South Australian government in relation to 13 cases involving the murder or disappearance (and presumed murder) of children. Major Crime detectives will be available to take Crime Stoppers calls … Continue reading

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FATAL SHARK ATTACK – YORKE PENINSULA

Update – Fatal shark attack on Yorke Peninsula.  Sunday, 9 February 2014 6:38am Police and Emergency Services crews will resume the search this morning for a 28-year-old man from Adelaide, who went missing yesterday, believed victim of a fatal shark … Continue reading

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COURT ORDERS FORMER CEO TO PAY OVER $1.2 MILLION IN FINES AND COMPENSATION

In a ground breaking decision, the Federal Court in Sydney today ordered Mr Damien Matcham, the former CEO of the Katungul Aboriginal Corporation Community and Medical Services (Katungul) to pay over $1.2 million in fines and compensation. Mr Matcham was … Continue reading

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FIRE BAN & FIRE DANGER RATING ADVICE FOR TUESDAY 04 FEBRUARY 2014

TOTAL FIRE BANS have been declared for Tuesday, 4 February 2014 in the following Fire Ban Districts: Northwest Pastoral – Severe Northeast Pastoral – Severe Flinders – Severe Mount Lofty Ranges – Severe

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BOM: SEVERE WEATHER WARNING – for DAMAGING WINDS

The BOM has issued a Severe Weather Warning for people in the Adelaide Metropolitan, Mount Lofty Ranges, Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Flinders, Mid North and parts of the North East Pastoral districts.  (See map below)

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SACOSS: CONCESSIONS NOT KEEPING PACE WITH COST OF LIVING

The South Australian Council of Social Service reveals that new cost of living data shows a clear need for increases in state government concessions for low income households. The latest SACOSS Cost of Living Update released today shows that lowest … Continue reading

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MAJOR CRIME INVESTIGATION BRANCH TO BE EXPANDED

The South Australia Police Branch responsible for investigating the state’s most heinous crimes is to be expanded. Major Crime Investigation Branch (MCIB), which is responsible for tracking down murderers and putting them before the courts, will expand from its current … Continue reading

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NEW COMMUNITY CONSTABLES FOR PORT LINCOLN

The most recent graduates of the Police Academy’s community constable program are Nellie Hirschausen and Swayne Ackland, who now take up their positions at Port Lincoln. Community Constable Swayne Ackland’s graduation comes after his successful participation in SAPOL’s Indigenous Pre-employment Program, … Continue reading

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EXTREME HEAT ADVICE FOR COUNTRY RESIDENTS

Country Health SA hospitals will once again be open to the public for people to stay cool during South Australia’s ongoing very hot weather. Helen Chalmers, Chief Operating Officer of Country Health SA, said people who are finding it difficult … Continue reading

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COUNTERFEIT $50 AND $100 NOTES CIRCULATING

A man was arrested yesterday after counterfeit notes were passed at several places across Adelaide in the past week. The 49-year-old man from Auldana was arrested and charged with utter forged currency and has been remanded in custody. Multiple instances … Continue reading

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RELIEF FUND OPEN FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY RECENT BUSHFIRES

**How we can donate ** The South Australian Government has launched an Emergency Relief Fund for people wanting to donate money to help those affected by the bushfires. Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion Tony Piccolo said people can donate … Continue reading

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JOB TRAINING UNDERWAY IN THE FAR NORTH

More than 50 additional people in the Far North will receive tailored employment assistance for jobs in priority areas through an expansion of the Skills for Jobs in Regions program. Skills Minister Grace Portolesi said the highly successful regional program … Continue reading

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SA LIBERALS COMMIT TO PERMANENT RENAL DIALYSIS ON APY LANDS

If elected to Government in March, State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall has committed to working with the Federal Government to ensure a permanent renal dialysis unit, with the capacity for four renal dialysis chairs, is built at Pukatja/Ernabella on the … Continue reading

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COUNTRY-BASED MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY TO OPEN AT WHYALLA

Whyalla will be the first country community in South Australia to have a specialist, country-based inpatient mental health facility when the Whyalla Integrated Mental Health Inpatient Unit (IMHIU) opens later this year.

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MEASLES WARNING – CHECK IMMUNISATIONS

Country North South Australia Medicare Local chair and GP, Dr Alison Edwards, said children interacted very closely with each other in schools, kindergartens and child care centres and it was vital that they were fully protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. The … Continue reading

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GLOBAL TEMPERATURES: CARBON DIOXIDE HIGHEST IN 800,000 YEARS

Scientific evidence says the level of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere presently is higher than at any time in the past 800,000 years. In 1880, the first year included in the GISS analysis, the global carbon dioxide level was about 285 parts … Continue reading

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PREMIER WEATHERILL ANNOUNCES $60 MILLION JOBS PLAN

Premier Jay Weatherill has released the State Government’s response to the closure of Holden’s Elizabeth plant and the challenges facing the community as a result of Holden’s decision. Our Jobs Plan – includes a State Government commitment of $60 million … Continue reading

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HEAT CLOSES PUBLIC ACCESS ROUTES IN OUTBACK

In line with recent announcements regarding the Simpson Desert parks closure over summer, three Public Access Routes (PARs) located in the State’s outback are also closed over the hottest months of the year to ensure the safety of visitors and … Continue reading

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WHITE POINTER SHARK REPORTED IN PORT LINCOLN MARINA

Port Lincoln police are advising the community to be aware that a white pointer shark has been seen in the marina.  This afternoon police were notified of the sighting, which took place on Thursday.

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700 FIREFIGHTERS DEPLOYED OVERNIGHT AND EMERGENCY RELIEF AT PORT PIRIE

An emergency relief centre has been established at the Lions Football Club, Mary Elie St, Port Pirie to assist anyone who chooses to leave their home as a result of the Bangor fire burning in the southern Flinders Ranges. The … Continue reading

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NASA VIEW OF BUSHFIRES IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

In January 2014, an intense heat wave and strong winds fueled an outbreak of hundreds of bushfires in South Australia. NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image of grass and shrub fires raging in Yumbarra Conservation Park on January 16, 2014. Red outlines indicate hot spots … Continue reading

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$1 MILLION FOR SOLAR THERMAL STUDY IN PORT AUGUSTA

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency  (ARENA) has announced it would partner with natural gas and electricity provider, Alinta, and the South Australian Government to undertake a $2.3 million full feasibility study into solar thermal power generation at Port Augusta.  Federal … Continue reading

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HEAT WAVE UPDATE: EXTREME HEAT ADVICE FOR COUNTRY RESIDENTS

HEAT WAVE UPDATE: On 16 January 2014, there were a total of 65 heat-related presentations to metropolitan Adelaide hospitals. In SA country hospitals there were a further 25 admissions for heat-related conditions.

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA PREPARES FOR 2014 CHEMCLEAR CLEAN-UP

All South Australian waste holders must register their unwanted chemicals before 28 March for the 2014 ChemClear program being planned for an April/May collection. So far more than 16,000L/kg of obsolete product has been registered for collection.

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HEAT WAVE: CHECK ON FRIENDS, RELATIVES AND NEIGHBOURS LIVING ALONE

With temperatures predicted to rise above 40 °C continuing, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today reminded Australia’s veteran community to take steps to ensure the heat doesn’t impact our health, particularly with older Australians and those … Continue reading

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CONSIDER WILDLIFE AND PETS IN EXTREME HEAT CONDITIONS

With more scorching days forecast this week, South Australians are being reminded to take care of pets and native animals as well as the people around them. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Animal Welfare Manager Dr Deb Kelly … Continue reading

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WORKING IN EXTREME HEAT – SAFEWORK WARNING

As temperatures are forecast to soar in South Australia over the coming days, SafeWork SA reminds workplaces to ensure they have measures in place to cope with the heat.

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