Media Release - Depreciation for local farmers brought forward - Thursday, 28 May 2015

Local farmers can now claim a tax deduction on all capital expenditure on water facilities, fodder storage assets and fencing incurred since the 2015 Budget was handed down on 12 May. Farmers can deduct the full cost of water facilities and fencing in the year they are purchased and deduct the cost of fodder storage assets over three years.On 12 May, the Treasurer announced that small businesses could immediately claim accelerated depreciation on business assets costing up to $20,000.Farms with ... »

Media Release - Funding for Sporting Schools now open - Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Local primary schools across the country can now apply for funding through the Australian Government’s $100 million Sporting Schools programme aimed at getting more children fit, healthy and engaged in physical activity. The Sporting Schools programme gives local primary schools more versatility to run activities before, during or after school and is designed to deliver sports that cater for particular needs, in order to boost children’s participation. Local schools that have not yet registere... »

Media Release - Government boost to attract doctors to Strathalbyn, Kingscote and Normanville - Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Strathalbyn, Kingscote and Normanville are among thirty-nine regional communities in South Australia that will receive greater incentives to attract GPs under changes announced by the Australian Government this week. The Government is overhauling the GP Rural Incentives Programme (GPRIP) so that smaller rural communities can attract and retain GPs.Under the old system introduced in 2010, some $50 million a year was being used to pay incentives for doctors to live in 14 large regional cities.The ... »

Media Release - Protect yourself from phone scams - Monday, 25 May 2015

Local residents are reminded to be vigilant following reports of scam phone calls falsely claiming to be from the Australian Taxation Office. The scammers are targeting residents with a scare campaign accusing them of tax fraud. The callers typically ask for money to be sent via wire transfer or risk being issued an arrest warrant. They may also ask for people’s financial and other personal details to access their money and use this information to commit other scams.Many people have reported to ... »

Media Release - National Stronger Regions Fund: Round Two now open - Tuesday, 19 May 2015

LOCAL councils and incorporated not-for-profit organisations can now apply for funding of between $20,000 and $10 million for capital infrastructure projects under Round Two of the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund. The Australian Government is pleased with the level of interest shown in the programme to date, with 405 applications received under Round One, seeking funding of over $1.2 billion. I encourage applicants to put forward projects that demonstrate strong economic outcomes, espe... »

Media Release - $2.73m to fix dangerous black spots in Belvidere, Back Valley and Kangarilla - Monday, 18 May 2015

Three dangerous black spots at Belvidere, Back Valley and Kangarilla will be fixed, with $2.73 million in funding secured through the Australian Government’s Black Spot Programme. The approved projects are:• The intersection of Strathalbyn-Wellington Road (Langhorne Creek Road) and Belvidere-Milang Road in BelvidereProposed treatment: Realign existing Y-junction, install painted channelised right turn lanes, improve sight lines and relocate hazardsFunding: $1,450,000• Yankalilla-Victor Harbor... »

Transcript - Transcript of Interview: Late Afternoons with Annette Marner—ABC North and West - Friday, 15 May 2015

Annette Marner: But first today, well actually reflecting on yesterday's program when the State Treasurer in South Australia, Tom Koutsantonis joined us, and he was expressing his disappointment at the level of infrastructure spending by the Federal Government in South Australia in this Budget and he argues that the regional members of the Abbott Government, Rowan Ramsey and Tony Pasin along with the Federal Minister—Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Br... »

Media Release - Fast internet is on its way to Clayton Bay, Currency Creek and Goolwa surrounds - Thursday, 14 May 2015

More than 650 premises in Clayton Bay, Currency Creek and Goolwa surrounds are ready to join the superfast era with the NBN Co activating its fixed wireless network in the region, offering internet speeds more than twice as fast as city-based ADSL connections. The fixed wireless network utilises advanced 4G technology to deliver speeds of up to 50 megabits per second, enabling multiple high definition videos to be streamed at one time.The activation of fixed wireless towers in the Alexandrina Co... »

Joint Media Release - Pyne/Birmingham/Briggs - Weatherill backflip exposes fraudulent campaign - Thursday, 14 May 2015

The State Labor Government has performed a clear backflip today and is treating South Australians like mugs by pretending to provide a “new” pensioner concession in an embarrassing face saving exercise. The truth is this is the pensioner concession for council rates by another name, and this move has exposed their multimillion dollar scare campaign as a fraud. This backflip comes after a twelve month long scare campaign, disgracefully targeting South Australian pensioners. It comes after millio... »

Joint Media Release - Pyne/Birmingham/Briggs - Record funding for South Australia exposes State Labor’s lies campaign - Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Over the next four years Commonwealth funding for South Australia will increase in each and every year, rising by 30 per cent or $2.4 billion over the forward estimates, bringing total Commonwealth spending in South Australia over that period to just under $40 billion. South Australia will benefit from: • a 36% increase in GST revenue or $1.8 billion more over four years • a 19% increase in funding for hospitals or $208 million more over four years • a 26% increase for schools or $280 million mo... »

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