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NEW health facilities, infrastructure
upgrades and a task force to prepare for
Holden's closure have been outlined in
the 2014/15 state budget.
The State Government announced a se-
ries of initiatives last week as part of the
budget to connect the region with employ-
ment, health and lifestyle opportunities.
As part of the spending, the government
will invest $60 million over the next five
years into Our Jobs Plan to deal with the
impact of Holden's exit from South Austra-
lia.A new taskforce, chaired by former Fed-
eral Industry and Innovation Minister Greg
Combet, will be set up under the plan to
assist Holden employees with finding new
work and businesses to diversify, while at-
tracting new investment to the state and
promoting economic growth.
The government has also set aside $2.9
million in 2014/15 to establish a renal di-
alysis unit at the Gawler Health Service,
with an additional $7.6 million for operat-
ing costs over the next four years.
In its forward estimates the government
has projected a $60 million spend on the
electrification of the Gawler rail line, from
city to Salisbury, delaying the project to a
Meanwhile, Para Wirra Recreation Park
will share in $5.5 million for the upgrade
of facilities at northern-based parks, which
will additionally receive $500,000 annually
from 2016/17 for further improvements.
The funding is designed to connect visi-
tors and residents with nature.
Other funding for regional projects out-
lined in the budget papers include $4.5
million for the Gawler Wastewater Network
Member for Light Tony Piccolo said there
will be opportunities for organisations and
individuals to access funding from state-
wide programs, including funding for
councils to install CCTV and seniors hous-
He said Hewett and Angle Vale would
also get new playgrounds as a result of State
Mr Piccolo said, from next year, $50
vouchers will be available for primary
school children to assist with annual sports
THE State Government is expecting
the partial electrification of the Gawler
rail line to be complete in 2019, despite
funding just over a third of the project
in the current four-year term.
Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis last week
announced work on the $152.5 million
project would be delayed until the 2017/18
financial year, as part of the 2014/15 State
Only $60 million has been included in
the 2017/18 forward estimates for the elec-
trification of the Gawler rail line, from city
to Salisbury, with the rest of the funding re-
lying on the 2018-elected government.
The on-again off-again project was one of
the government's key election promises for
the region, with work to start next year and
finish in 2018.
Shadow Transport Minister Vickie Chap-
man said Labor could not be trusted to de-
liver this project, after announcing it three
times and scrapping it twice in the past six
"It's already a broken promise, there is no
question about that," she said.
State Labor first announced it would elec-
trify the Gawler rail line in 2008, with the
project going into limbo in 2012.
The government scaled down the proj-
ect, vowing to electrify the line from city
to Salisbury in 2013. But after the Federal
Government pulled its $76 million contri-
bution in October, the project was shelved
again and reannounced at the 2014 state
Ms Chapman said given the electric train
service depot already established at Dry
Creek, the project should have taken prior-
Instead, she said, it has been pushed back
in favour of the $160 million O-Bahn ex-
tension announced in the budget.
"What justification is there for announc-
ing a new project and cancelling a half-
completed current one, which has been
promised for 10 years?" she asked.
"There's been enormous investment in
this (electrification), not to mention the
promises to the people to have an upgraded
Should the Liberals win power in the
2018 state election, Ms Chapman said the
project would be a priority, but the party
could not commit to funding the remainder
of its cost at this point.
Mr Koutsantonis said the State Govern-
ment has maintained its commitment to
the electrification of the Gawler line, "how-
ever, funding has been re-profiled".
He said the $60 million estimate for
2017/18 would allow work to start with the
installation of gantries and wires, ahead of
He said the project was expected to be
completed in 2019.
The State Government is expected to out-
line the remainder of the funding for the
project in future forward estimates.
-- Natalie Vikhrov
Rail line electri cation delayed
What justiﬁcation is there
for announcing a new project and
cancelling a half-completed current
one, which has been promised for
Registered nurse Louise Palk (left) with Nursing and
Midwifery director Gerry Lloyd at a potential site for a
new renal dialysis unit at the Gawler Health Service.
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
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