When I've been out doorknocking over the past few weeks, residents have continuously raised their concerns about the lack of jobs here in South Australia.
The Liberal Party recently announced that if elected, a Marshall Liberal Government will scrap payroll tax for small businesses in South Australia. South Australian businesses are doing it tough, operating under some of the highest cost structures in Australia, so this will be a huge employment driver.
At a time when South Australia needs more jobs, an uncompetitive paroll tax regime only serves to undermind confidence and make the situation harder for businesses to create jobs and employ more South Australians. You can view the full policy here.
We have also committed to invest $100 million to create more than 20,000 new places in the Vocational Education and Training system to provide young South Australians with more opportunities to secure an apprenticeship or traineeship.
With unemployment being the highest of the mainland states and South Australia facing skill shortages in some key industries, only a Marshall Liberal Government will invest in the critical jobs training sector our young people deserve. You can view the full policy here.
South Australia deserves a new Government who is going to put South Australia first.
George St/The Parade Intersection
I recently announced that if elected, a Marshall Liberal Government will install a scramble crossing at the busy intersection of The Parade and George Street in the heart of Norwood.
The State Liberals have committed funding towards the local project which will improve traffic flow for motorists as well as making the intersection safer for pedestrians.
The Parade is one of Adelaide's best retail, dining and entertainment high streets, but it's also a busy thoroughfare for motorists, with the George Street intersection a particularly busy spot at peak times.
Countdown timer scramble crossings, where pedestrians have right of way in all directions, have been rolled out in the city and they work well by freeing up the intersection for both cars and pedestrians.
A scramble crossing on The Parade would also have the added benefit of changing the traffic light sequence, to get cars moving so they don't have to wait for pedestrians when turning left and right into George Street in both directions.
This is a solution which the City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters identified years ago and have been pursuing.
As the Member for Dunstan, residents have continuously raised their concerns about congestion at the George Street and The Parade, so I am pleased to be able to commit the funding.
To view the announcement, click here.
Norwood Police Station
If elected in March, a Marshall Liberal Government will improve community safety by extending opening hours at Norwood Police Station.
The Weatherill Labor Government has closed nine police stations since the last election and slashed opening hours at many others across the state.
Our community deserves a strong police presence which includes a physical shop front which is open beyond daytime hours, particularly in busy dining and entertainment precincts like Norwood.
I've been fighting for this locally because I believe it's important for business owners, patrons and residents to feel safe knowing that there is a police presence nearby and readily available, especially at peak times.
With the Norwood Police Station being the only station servicing the inner eastern suburbs, local residents have been having to travel to the Hindley Street Station after hours and on weekends.
Labor's cuts: 9:00am until 5:00pm, Monday to Friday
Liberal policy: 8:00am until 9:00pm, seven days a week
This in an electorate-wide victory that I am proud to announce.
To view this announcement, click here.
What's been happening locally
I attended the Norwood, Payneham & St Peters Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony, where 58 new citizens were welcomed into our community. It gives me great joy in seeing all the families being welcomed into our wonderful community.
Prophet Elias held their 8th Annual Norwood Greek Festival. It was great being able to assist with the set up and catch up with those wonderful volunteers who put so much time into organising this event each year. A big thank you must go to Father Stavros, who works tirelessly not only for the Church, but for the entire Greek community.
- Ian Rohde who was awarded the Norwood, Payneham & St Peters 2018 Citizen of the Year. Ian has been involved in St Bartholomew's Church for 40 years. He is a role model to the Church congregation and instigated a men's breakfast group 25 years ago, which is still going. Ian is well deserving of this award and I congratulate him on his tireless efforts.
- The Norwood Swimming Club on winning the 2018 State Championships. Finishing 438 points ahead of second place is an outstanding effort! Great work to over 120 Norwood swimmers that participated.
- Alirio Zavarce from No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability, who will be flying to Singapore to produce a performance with Very Special Theatrix.
- Norwood Cycling Club on receiving funding from the Active Club Program. This funding will go towards program and equipment.
- The Norwood Football Club on receiving funding for the Female Facilities Program. This funding will coincide with Build the Fort to upgrade change room facilities to accommodate the female teams playing at Coopers Stadium.
- Roseanna Khabbaz, owner of the Panini Bar in Norwood, on being nominated in the Eastside Business Awards for the best cafe, coffee and customer service category.
- Shirley Heading, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday, and is volunteering twice a week at the Women's and Children's Hospital. Volunteers are a vital part of our community, so I commend her on her tireless efforts.