Legislative Council: Tuesday, May 30, 2023


River Murray Flood Response

In reply to the Hon. S.L. GAME ().22 March 2023).

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries): The Minister for Police, Emergency Services, and Correctional Services has advised:

The SES expended a total of $737,000 on accommodation, which is inclusive of meals expended with the individual proprietors. SAPOL spent $56,321.

Multiple accommodation options were explored and engaged, with a number of budget accommodation types, including motels and caravan parks. Standard rooms are always secured and utilised in the first instance, pending availability.

The decision to book the accommodation was to ensure people in river communities, whose primary place of residence had been made unlivable, could keep safe and stay in their community. The decision also provided an economic stimulus to river communities by providing a financial boost for commercial accommodation providers and their staff who were suffering due to cancellations.