The South Australian Government is taking proactive steps to ensure the state’s $7.6 billion tourism industry continues to flourish and grow, particularly in the wake of the bushfires.
To help ensure its continued success and to underscore its importance to the state’s economy I will take direct responsibility for the tourism portfolio.
This change will allow the Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon David Ridgway MLC to focus on growing the state’s $11.5 billion export markets and continue to drive further investment opportunities in South Australia.
Recent and ongoing bushfires have impacted our tourism operators, small businesses and farmers. We are focused on doing everything we can to support them as they get back on their feet.
We are standing shoulder to shoulder with bushfire-affected communities in the Adelaide Hills and on Kangaroo Island. The significant rebuild and recovery effort requires a team effort and a central and coordinated approach, which as Premier I will lead.
Tourism is a major job creator in South Australia, currently employing close to 40,000 people. The two communities impacted by the fires – Kangaroo Island and the Adelaide Hills – are both key tourist destinations.
The Marshall Government is determined to rebuild and continue growing the economy and generating local jobs, and that is why $11.5 million has already been committed to small businesses and primary producers in the regions hardest hit by the fires.
This portfolio change will allow the government’s resources to be best utilised for a rapid recovery over the coming months.