Legislative Council: Thursday, February 09, 2023


Beach Management

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (14:46): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Attorney-General, representing the Minister for the Environment, a question on beach management.

Leave granted.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: The communities of West Beach, Henley South and Henley are fed up with the government's lack of action and dragging the chain when it comes to beach management. As the minister responsible, they are wondering whether the minister believes that it's acceptable that multiple beach access points, including disability access, along Henley Beach South and Henley Beach are no longer safe for use. What is the responsible minister in this chamber's response to those concerns?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (14:47): I thank the honourable member for her question. In relation to the specifics about individual beach management, my understanding is that the Department for Environment and Water is the department that actively manages Adelaide's metropolitan coastline. Of course, there is some responsibility of local councils as well, but I'm happy, as the honourable member indicated in her question, to refer that to the minister in the other place who is responsible for the Department for Environment and Water.