Investment in infrastructure

Read the discussion paper, consider the following questions and join the discussion below.

  • What priorities should drive government investment in infrastructure?
  • How should regional infrastructure priorities be supported and funded?  Is there a role for government here?

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Stefan Lewandowski

24 Jun 2019

EP rail network infrastructure be turned into a solar-battery farm, ie build a roof structure along the entire rail line, and use the rail line as maintenance and potential tourist venture.

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PIRSA > Stefan Lewandowski

24 Jun 2019

Hi Stefan, thank you for your response.

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Nick Leaver

12 Jun 2019

Investment priorities should be actual investments that unlock future opportunity. Every investment should have a business case to support it and demonstrable outcomes that are sustainable without the need for further funding.

Despite good intentions, South Australia has given away essential funds to either prop up unsustainable industries or as incentives for new businesses to set up here. Creating false economies helps no one in the long term.

The NSW model where investment is made in regional areas experiencing growth is logical.

Like any good investment, the investment portfolio should have rational diversity. A small percentage should allow for speculative opportunities; most of the investment should be in areas that leverage already performing industries underpinned by demand.

The importance of tourism for South Australia was highlighted in the Joyce Review. The thing about tourism is that it brings other people’s money into our regional areas.

Tourism is vital to building sustainable communities across South Australia’s regions. When external spend from tourism increases, additional jobs are created. High local employment transforms regions into thriving communities that retain their people and can afford to maintain critical services like regional hospitals.

Government’s role is to work in partnership with industry for sustainable solutions.

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PIRSA > Nick Leaver

13 Jun 2019

Thanks very much for your feedback, Nick.

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Richard Stafford

07 Jun 2019

State Governments continue to ignore the importance of horse racing to rural economies. Horse Racing provides employment in rural areas and most of the employees are unskilled youth. Racing clubs provide a focus for rural communities and the infrastructure at racing clubs can be adapted to provide facilities for broader community use.

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PIRSA > Richard Stafford

11 Jun 2019

Many thanks for your input, Richard.

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Max Bancroft

27 May 2019

Lake Eyre is approximately 15 m (49 ft) below sea level, if a 48km pipeline was built from Port Augusta to lake Eyre salt water would flow downhill through it and fill the lake.
This torrent could be producing Hydro electric power and the evaporation from the water would increase rainfall in the eastern states.
Additional salt deposited there can be on sold to industry.
Once the salt water reaches the consistency of Brine it can be turned into a Brine solar farm the output of which would equal the Snowy River Scheme.

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PIRSA > Max Bancroft

28 May 2019

Thanks for your feedback, Max.

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