Regional South Australia plays a vital role in the state's economy - reflected by a big $500 million spend across our regions.
There are a number of regional initiatives being funded in the 2017-18 State Budget, including more than $20 million to upgrade CFS and SES equipment, $17.5 million over four years for the extension of the Community Wastewater Management Scheme funding agreement.
The Regional Development Fund will also be extended to 2020-21, reflecting a commitment of $105 million. So far more than 90 projects under the RDF have created more than 2,000 jobs and supported more than $900 million worth of economic activity in regional SA.
To improve road transport across South Australia, the State Government is spending $532 million on road maintenance and safety measures over four years - $341 million of which will be spent in the regions.
Health care in the regions will also receive a boost. Mount Barker District Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital will be serviced by an overnight doctor, meaning Adelaide Hills residents will have access to emergency care 24 hours a day. The APY Lands will also receive $730,000 for new ambulances.
The investment in health brings the capital investment in country hospitals to $300 million since 2002.
The creation of more regional jobs will be supported through the State Government’s $200 million Future Jobs Fund and extension to the Job Accelerator Grant Scheme (look out for coming editions of Regions SA Update for more information). Information sessions across regional centres on the Future Jobs Fund begin from 31 July; for more information visit https://statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/industry/future-jobs-fund
The State Government is building on its nation-leading tax reforms introduced in the 2015-16 State Budget, by locking in the discounted payroll tax rate of 2.5 per cent for small businesses with payrolls between $600,000 and $1 million. For more information about the State Budget visit https://statebudget.sa.gov.au/#Regional