Consultation on the development of South Australia’s first long-term strategy for infrastructure development provides a significant opportunity for local government to ensure that council infrastructure issues are recognised in the State’s Infrastructure Strategy.
South Australia’s councils are the custodians of infrastructure on behalf of their communities, and collectively manage about $23 billion of infrastructure and physical assets.
The 20-Year State Infrastructure Strategy should ensure closer coordination across government, a more timely investment in new infrastructure and the more efficient use of existing infrastructure to maximise the public benefits of the joint infrastructure spend by all spheres of government.
The 20-Year State Infrastructure Strategy Discussion Paper provides an overview of the purpose of the Strategy, outlines its relationship to other relevant government initiatives and strategies, details a South Australian context to future global challenges and opportunities, and introduces potential cross-sectoral issues and specific sector considerations.
Importantly, it also provides an opportunity for South Australians across metropolitan and regional areas, in business, industry, at all levels of government and in the broader community to furnish this starting point with critical insights and their particular perspectives relating to how the State’s infrastructure can best serve its people, its environment and its economy over the next 20 years.
Councils are encouraged to provide direct submissions to Infrastructure SA in response to the Discussion Paper, by 5pm Wednesday 31 July.
The LGA will prepare a sector-wide submission based on LGA policy and members’ feedback, and requests that councils send a copy of any individual submissions to the LGA to assist in this regard. Alternatively, councils are invited to contact Lea Bacon, Director Policy with any key issues that could be raised in a submission.
Officer level comments to inform the LGA submission can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 19 July 2019.