Legislative Council: Tuesday, August 29, 2023


Country Cabinet

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (15:12): Supplementary: does the minister consider the Adelaide Hills part of regional South Australia or Greater Adelaide?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (15:12): I thank the honourable member for her question, and it is quite interesting because that was a topic that was raised at one of the forums that I attended.

For the Greater Adelaide Plan, the region is included but, as we have talked about before, for example, from the federal government looking at migration policy, it is not included as—sorry, it is included in the Greater Adelaide Plan under planning and for migration it is included in non-regional, whereas in other aspects it is definitely considered regional. As I have mentioned before in this place, different government departments in different spheres of government have different definitions for what is considered regional.

What I think though is particularly relevant, from my portfolio in particular, is how many producers and also processors are in the Adelaide Hills. A number of them talk very strongly about how proud they are to be regional residents. They talked about how much they contribute to the economy, which they do, and they are very keen—many of them who raised it with me—to continue to be considered regional because that is how they identify, that is how they relate.

The Hon. N.J. Centofanti: What do you think, Clare?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN: The honourable member wants to interject with what do I think, and I know I shouldn't take any notice of interjections, but I think the answer is: in different circumstances different aspects are going to be taken into account, and that explains why we have various definitions under federal government in different departments, various definitions under state government in different departments, and no doubt local government.

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