Monday, February 26, 2024

LGA SA makes 30 recommendations to state infrastructure plan

The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGA SA) has made a submission to the State Infrastructure Strategy review.

In a statement, the Association revealed its submission provides commentary and 30 recommendations on key sector issues including:

  • road, bridge and asset maintenance and renewal;
  • water, energy, sewerage and digital connectivity;
  • regional planning, affordable housing, public transport and childcare;
  • education and skills, workforce and labour;
  • health and wellbeing, social infrastructure planning and connected communities;
  • decarbonisation, circular economy, climate resilience, food security and sustainable procurement.

“The LGA’s submission recommends closer collaboration between state and local government in the planning of statewide strategies,” the Association said in a statement.

“For example, there should be stronger alignment between the State Infrastructure Strategy and regional plans, such as the like the Greater Adelaide Regional Plan. This includes the further six regional plans when developed from early 2024.

“Our submission highlights the important role of local government in supporting economic growth, community wellbeing and development, and environmental protection.”

It advocates for strong state-local partnerships to secure fair funding for a smart, sustainable and inclusive future.

“We have asked for more opportunities to be involved in the development of the Strategy in 2024 to ensure local communities are appropriately represented.”

The State Infrastructure Strategy was developed by Infrastructure SA and must be reviewed every five years. It was first delivered to the State Government in May 2020, with the next version set for late 2024.

The strategy informs future infrastructure decisions for the state by assessing the needs, goals and priorities for the next 20 years.

As part of the review, the State Infrastructure Strategy Discussion Paper outlined five global megatrends which impact infrastructure in SA and six key objectives.

Read the full LGA Submission to the State Infrastructure Strategy Discussion Paper.

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