Legislative Council: Thursday, February 08, 2024


Giant Pine Scale

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (14:47): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before directing questions to the Assistant Minister to the Premier about Elliston Reserve, Hope Valley Reservoir and Highbury Aqueduct Reserve.

Leave granted.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: In September 2023, as has been spoken about in this chamber before, hundreds of pine trees of various species were removed in those two locations by PIRSA due to pine scale and the threat to South Australia's forestry industry. In recent weeks, local residents have received a letter from the assistant minister. My questions to the assistant minister are:

1. Did the she send this letter in her capacity as parliamentary secretary to the Premier?

2. What funding sources were used to produce and post the letters?

3. Does the parliamentary secretary have responsibility for a project that is being managed by PIRSA?

4. Can she outline what long-terms strategies and measures are being implemented to prevent future outbreaks?

The Hon. E.S. BOURKE (14:48): Thank you for the question. As members in this chamber would know, we are able to represent all South Australians by being in this incredible place in the upper house, and I take that role seriously and enjoy getting out and about and hearing from our community. I am more than happy to share information with the local community as I see fit.