Public feedback on infrastructure review

02/08/2012

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Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy Tom Koutsantonis today launched an independent analysis of industry and community views on infrastructure required to support the growing mining and energy sector.

Mr Koutsantonis says the report, prepared by Rural Solutions SA, provides a detailed analysis of response to the recommendations to government arising from the 2011 Infrastructure Demand Study.

Speaking at Port Pirie at the launch of the report, he said: "The State Government is now considering the findings of this report in tandem with the recommendations from the Resources & Energy Sector Infrastructure Council."

"Taking this feedback into account will help the Government make the most appropriate decision for the long-term benefit of South Australia."

Key feedback arising from the community consultation on those recommendations included:

  • suggestions to maximise the use of existing infrastructure and support for a long termplanning approach which considers both industry and community needs
  • the need for a thorough planning process to develop road and rail links and deepwater ports
  • recognition of the need for port developments and views on their location
  • the critical importance of power-related infrastructure to meet current and future needs in regional areas
  • the need for infrastructure to secure water supplies and water sustainability in regional areas and views on the site for proposed desalination plants, and
  • support for government taking the lead role in investment attraction and the importance of productive public/private sector partnerships in harnessing private capital.

RESIC's recommendations arising from the demand study propose a range of priorities such as investigating the development of strategic infrastructure corridors and utility hubs.

"Those recommendations were designed to best position South Australia to benefit economically, socially and environmentally from global demand for our minerals and energy resources," he says.

"But we needed feedback from industry and the community to ensure we adopt the right approach."

About 140 community and industry leaders attended public meetings during the consultation period and a further 35 written submissions were received online. Copies of the report and discussion paper are available www.dmitre.sa.gov.au/resicconsultation