SOUTH Australia’s new Liberal cabinet was sworn in earlier today (22 March) by the state’s Governor Hieu Van Le AC.
Stephan Knoll has been appointed as South Australia’s minister for transport, infrastructure and local government and minister for planning.
The Australian Logistics Council today congratulated Mr Knoll, as well as Steven Marshall on his election as Premier of South Australia.
ALC managing director Michael Kilgariff said it was especially pleasing a single minister would be responsible for both transport and planning.
“One of the biggest challenges facing the logistics sector has been a continuing disconnect between those two key policy areas; having a single minister responsible for both will prove an enormous advantage,” he said.
“This is particularly relevant regarding urban encroachment, where residential and commercial developments conflict with the safe and efficient use of port, railway and road infrastructure.”
Mr Kilgariff continued, noting that during the recent campaign, it was said an incoming Marshall government would create Infrastructure South Australia and this entity would develop a 20-year state infrastructure strategy.
“ALC supports the development of improved mechanisms to ensure funding is prioritised for infrastructure projects that will deliver maximum productivity benefits, rather than funds going to projects that are prioritised for political, sectional or geographic reasons,” Mr Kilgariff said.
“Independent bodies such as Infrastructure South Australia can help to deliver this aim.”
Mr Kilgariff acknowledged the work done by former Premier Jay Weatherill and Stephen Mullighan, the former minister for transport and infrastructure.